Our slogan above represents our purpose as a church. We want to be a church which is anchored in the everlasting truth of the Bible. Over and over, we are reminded that God’s Word will never fade away, and we must hold fast to it as our foundation. Within the bounds of its truth, we desire to grow together in spiritual maturity, in love for one another and the community where we live, and in the ability to reach others with the gospel message. We hope that you will consider the opportunity to grow with us!
The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God.
(2 Tim 3:15-17, 1 Thess 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)
There is one God, who eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
(Deut 6:4, Isa 43:10-11, Matt 28:18-20, Luke 3:22)
Jesus Christ our Lord came as a man yet was 100% God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and performed miracles. We believe in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule a thousand years.
(Matt 1:23, Luke 1:31-32, Acts 10:37-38, Acts 2:22, Heb 7:26-27, 1 Cor 15:3-5, 2 Cor 5:21-6:1, Matt 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Cor 15:4-6, Acts 1:9-11, Phil 2:9-11, Heb 1:3)
The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.
(John 3:16-17, Acts 2:21, Acts 4:12, Rom 3:23, Rom 5:8, Rom 6:23, Rom 10:9-10, Rom 10:13, Eph 2:8-9, 2 Cor 5:21, Heb 9:28)
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
(Rom 10:12-13, Eph 2:8-10, Titus 2:11, Titus 3:4-8, Rom 8:16, Eph 4:24, Titus 2:12)
There is a blessed hope – the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and other to everlasting damnation.
(1 Thess 4:15-17, Rom 3:23-24, 1 Cor 15:51-52, Rev 1:7, Rev 19:11-13, Rev 20:11-15, Rev 21:6-8)
Pastor Daniel Obinger has been the Pastor of Griffith Baptist since 2014. Along with his role as senior pastor, Dan is the administrator of Calumet Christian School. Before taking the pastoral role, Dan served at Bible League International as the Executive Director of U.S. Ministry. He oversaw the ministry of providing Bibles, Scripture Materials & training to local churches throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Bible League International in November 2011, he served at Moody Bible Institute in educational roles, as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Highland, IN, and as an associate pastor at Grandville Baptist Church in Grandville, MI. A graduate of Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA, Dan earned his Masters of Theological Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dan says: “I knew at a young age that God wanted me to work in ministry. My passion has long been to have His Word presented – from the pulpit, in the classroom and around the globe. I look forward to working with the incredible staff we have at Calumet Christian to build a school that truly makes an impact in NW Indiana.”
Before becoming the Assistant to the Pastor in 2018, Bradley Knight held an internship at Griffith Baptist, focusing primarily on leading Sunday morning worship. "I love being a part of the ministry here. I really want to see this church grow."
Bradley Knight is a graduate of Calumet Christian School, of which Griffith Baptist Church is the host facility. While at CCS, he led chapel for 4 1/2 years and graduated as Valedictorian. Bradley also graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a degree in Broadcast Communication and a degree in Advertising.
Bradley’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:31 which states, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” He says this is his favorite verse because it reminds him that no matter what stands in his way, God is with him.
Brenda Obinger has been serving at Griffith Baptist Church alongside her husband since 2014. After taking over the Children's Ministry in 2018, Brenda says she "wants the kids to be active inside the church and outside of the church as well as have activities to look forward to where they can fellowship with kids their age."
Along with her role at Griffith Baptist, Brenda is the Academic Coordinator at Calumet Christian School. She works with students who have medical, emotional, behavioral and academic needs. She is also the school nurse, having went to school to be a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Brenda's favorite Bible verse is Psalm 143:10 which states, "Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness."
Arthur and Angela Gallegos oversee the Junior and Senior High programs at Griffith Baptist as well as the young adult ministries. Angela helps lead Sunday School while Arthur leads Sunday nights. Arthur says they both have a passion to see young people grow in their faith. "Our goal is to equip the next generation of the church with biblical knowledge and application of God's word in light of their context."
Arthur and his wife have five children. They love spending time with their family, playing music, and helping Griffith Baptist Church grow in their community.
Arthur's favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:1 which states, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service."
Angela's favorite Bible verse is Psalms 27:14 which states, "Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"
Since 1956, Griffith Baptist Church has served Griffith, Indiana and the surrounding area as an independent Baptist church, but how did it all begin?
The first mention of having a Baptist church in Griffith can be found in a resolution passed by the First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, on October 21st, 1953. After surveying the town of Griffith, 43 persons met for Sunday School and church service at the American Legion Hall on the first Sunday of 1954. That summer, after holding their first Vacation Bible School, this group began to form into a church body desiring separation from the Hammond church. With Reverend Tietjen acting as their first pastor, groundbreaking services were held in March of 1955. While the building program was in process, Reverend Reynolds took over as pastor of this group.
Early in February of 1956, this group discontinued their membership from the First Baptist Church of Hammond. Later that month, on February 27th, the church was issued incorporation papers by the state under the name of the First Baptist Church of Griffith, Inc. After much debate amongst this new church, those that desired to be affiliated as Conservative Baptist left the church and formed their own First Baptist Church of Griffith. Those that were left chose to be unaffiliated with any Baptist associations and re-incorporated early in April 1956. Finally, on April 11, 1956, this group of 53 persons changed their name to Griffith Baptist Church and were led by interim pastor Dr. Lloyd Perry.
At 3:00 pm on the afternoon of Sunday, August 5th, 1956, the dedication service was held for our current building. Shortly after this dedication ceremony, the church took another step to secure their independence and brought on Dewey Moore as full time Pastor.
For the next 35 years, Griffith Baptist continued to grow and brought on more staff and ministries. With this growth came a new back parking area, new multi-purpose building, and official dedication of additional add-ons to the building on June 7th, 1992.
Griffith Baptist Church has served in Lake County, Indiana for over 65 years and has played a key role in the starting of several other Baptist churches in Griffith, Indiana. Through the highs and lows, God used Griffith Baptist and is still working today. We invite you to come visit us today and see God working!
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