Our Mission

To reclaim the local church as God's chosen instrument for reaching the world.

You

...bring your unique gifts, abilities, personality, passion, and experience to the local church.

We

...organize and mobilize people to bring the love of Christ into our community and the world.

God

...goes behind us and before us, equipping and guiding us for His divine purpose.

Our Beliefs

FBC Monroe is an autonomous church. We voluntarily affiliate with the Southern Baptist Convention and are proud to support Southern Baptist missions.

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is the glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

Serving in the name of Jesus

Our Leaders

Dale Sorgen

Dale Sorgen

PASTOR

Apps & Gadgets: Laptop computer, TV remote control, refrigerator filled with yummy food

In my house: 5 kids, 2 dogs, and a TV in every room

Job: Bi-vocational full-time pastor and full-time computer programmer for a bank in Tennessee

Day off:  Being around my wife and 5 kids, and reading about economics, freedom, and liberty

Hobbies: I grew up water skiing in the “Muddy Mississippi.”

Favorite Monroe businesses: Yo For It, Lowe’s, Emerald City Athletic Club

Friends say about me:  Three words: Lots. Of. Laughter!


Mark

Kelly McLean

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Apps & Gadgets: voice-to-text (only when it hears me correctly), calendars on phones

In my house: dust bunnies, our two dogs Ozzy and Daisy, lots and lots of shoes

Job: Former bank call center manager/site manager, currently blessed to be the FBC Monroe Administrator

Day off: watching reality TV or movies

Hobbies: Hobbies?  I am trying to live an active lifestyle and spend time with my family…ain’t nobody got time for hobbies…

Favorite Monroe businesses: Farm-to-Table Farmer’s Market, Creative Nails, Real Deals

Friends say I am: sarcastic, funny, generous


Luke

Mollie Ziegler

WORSHIP & TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Apps & Gadgets: anti-slip temple tips for my eyeglasses, podcasts, digital recording

In my house: two pieces of the Berlin wall, a banjolele, and a nerf dart in every corner

Job: Former junior high school choral director, currently happily and gratefully employed by FBC doing all the things I love

Day off: Writing songs or blog posts

Hobbies: Composing, writing, and graphic design

Favorite Monroe businesses:  Goodwill, Top Wok, and Las Tres Marias

Friends say I am: artistic, driven, and a little OCD

John

Fran Carpenter

SONSHINE PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

Apps & Gadgets: One Note, You Version Bible App, Whipping siphon

In my house: lots of houseplants, a gallery wall of ion engines, a big dining room table

Job: Joyfully serving as Director at SonShine Preschool and Kindergarten. Formerly trained as a Music Therapist, Specializing in Early Childhood Special Education & geriatric care

Day off: dates with my husband

Hobbies: gardening, music, playing outside with the kids

Favorite Monroe businesses: Monroe Library, Monroe Parks, Asian Spice

Friends say I am: kind, generous, caffeinated



Bethany Cox

YOUTH DIRECTOR

Apps & Gadgets: Google Maps, Google search engine, Trip Advisor

In my house: a workout room, a puzzle of the state of Washington glued together and missing one piece, 3 pairs of hiking boots for all kinds of weather

Job: Office Administrator at iLink Systems and FBC Youth Director

Day off: spend it with friends; try to invest in the youth or their families by going to a play, game, or competition; and traveling or exploring

Hobbies: coffee; exploring a new waterfall, hike, or town; writing

Favorite Monroe businesses: Fred Meyer, Red Robin, all the cute little drive thru coffee places

Friends say I am: passionate, tenacious, adventurous



Seth

Don York

ELDER

Apps & Gadgets: my Bible, riding lawn mower, tools

In my house: I designed and built my home, and in it are many items I have made, including an antler display

Job: Boeing (33 years), retail nursery (15 years),  woodworking business (current)

Day off: volunteering at Bible camp, hunting, fishing, gardening

Hobbies: reading & studying the Bible, reading, woodworking, hunting, fishing

Favorite Monroe businesses: Lowe’s, grocery stores, Coastal Bank

Friends say I am: impulsive, consistent


Rick Ray

ELDER

Apps & Gadgets: GPS, power tools, cell phone calendars

In my house: a German Black Forest grandfather clock designed by us, memorabilia from the churches where we have worshiped, souvenirs from around the world

Job: Currently work as North Campus Maintenance Supervisor for Genie (a Terex Company).  Retired United States Army Microwave/Satellite Chief

Day off: hanging with my family and watching sports

Hobbies: dabble in wood working, gardening

Favorite Monroe businesses: Saigon Kitchen, Top Wok, Benjarong

Friends say I am: reliable, humorous, levelheaded

Seth

Ron Bailey

ELDER

Apps & Gadgets: Instagram, MapQuest, Cribbage

In my house:  John Deere memorabilia, shop tools, and Louie L’Amour books

Job: retired business/department manager

Day off: working in my shop, genealogy searches, reading

Hobbies: RV camping, handyman repairs/remodels, hunting

Favorite Monroe businesses: Lowe’s, Ixtapa, Baskin-Robbins

Friends say I am: handy, helpful, stubborn

 
 

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