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Our New Pastor!
Reverend Dr. Lance Smith
(Starting June 9, 2024)
Reverend Dr. Lance Smith grew up in Hercules, California and
graduated from Pinole Valley High School. After high school, he
received an athletic scholarship to play football at the University
of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) before transferring to
Oklahoma State University where he competed in the sports of
football and track and field. While at Oklahoma State, Dr. Smith
met the love of his life, Raeana.
Dr. Smith has been blessed to serve the Lord in various ways
across the years while also striving for academic excellence
along the way. His ministry experiences include, senior pastor,
hospital and hospice chaplain, youth minister, bible teacher,
church revitalization, and church planting. He has worked for
several mental/behavioral health service agencies, non-profits,
parachurch organizations and ministries across the past 25 years.
Dr. Smith, who’s also a Licensed Marital & Family Therapist,
has primarily provided counseling support and pastoral care to
the organizations and ministries.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and
Gerontology and a Master of Arts in Marital & Family Therapy
from Southern Nazarene University. He also holds a Master of
Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of
Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
Dr. Smith is a family man. He and Raeana are thankful to God
for their first and most important ministry, which is it their
family of 3 children, Ava 20, Alanna 16, and Lance 14.  Their
daughter Alanna is autistic, and this has given their family a
passion for special needs ministry.
Dr. Smith’s favorite scripture is Romans 5:8 “But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us.”
Our New Secretary!
Jeanette Jeno
We are pleased to introduce Jeanette Jeno, the newest member of the FBC Winters Staff. This is the friendly face you will see if you need to visit the church office.  Jeanette has been a member of FBC Winters since 2018 and has displayed a strong passion to serve the Lord using her many skills and talents in several volunteer capacities including Youth, Women’s Ministry, Fellowship, and organizing the best Vacation Bible School around!  Her dedication, organizational skills, and care for others will be an asset to FBC for years to come.  Welcome onboard, Jeanette!
FBC Winters
512 First Street   Winters CA  95694
Tel: 530-795-2821
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Who We Are 


First Baptist Church of Winters (FBCW) is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and hosts a warm and welcoming body of believers. As Christians, we strive to be good neighbors and fulfill our God-given duty to reach out to those in need.
From food giveaways to fellowship gatherings, our tight-knit community is welcoming to one and all. Come visit us; we’ll make you feel at home.

FBCW aims at attracting a compassionate congregation of people who joyfully and dutifully seek a relationship with Jesus Christ.  We offer a wide array of programs in hope of meeting you along your walk with our Lord and Savior.  For more information about our beliefs, please visit or call Pastor Allen.

Where We Are Located

We welcome you to visit us in our quiet, yet charming community of Winters, CA,
First Baptist Church of Winters (FBCW)  is proud to pay homage to its small-town roots.  As the oldest Southern Baptist church in California — first established in 1861, FBCW has made its home on the corner of First Street since 1875, only a couple blocks from the newly restored Historic Downtown Winters. Our facilities have recently been updated and there is plenty of parking available.

What We Believe

We regard the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, as the inspired Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.
The second major belief of First Baptist Church of Winters is the supreme importance of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus alone and that without Christ, all men are lost. If we truly accept the Bible as the final authority, this can be the only natural conclusion. We also believe that the Word of God teaches all Christians to share in the task of evangelism to lost mankind.
We celebrate Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as divine ordinances of the Church. At the center of all we do however, is the final authority of the Bible as the Word of God.




FBC Winters is currently searching for a new Youth Leader, and we are reaching out to other churches and Christian organizations in the area with hopes of finding the right person (or couple) for the job. We are a small-town conservative church, and our very active Youth Group currently consists of 6 – 8 students at our Friday, and Sunday gatherings. The job will require about 15 hours of work each week, and we will offer a competitive salary, along with a generous budget for Youth activities. Please submit resumé to

Attn: Youth Leader.

FBC Winters is currently searching for a new Worship Director, and we are reaching out to other churches and Christian organizations in the area with hopes of finding the right person for the job. The ideal worship director will have musical abilities in order to engage the congregation in a variety of worship modalities. The worship director will be required to plan and lead worship each Sunday and Wednesday service as well as any special events that are held at the church. This person will also be responsible for directing the worship team/choir as well as oversee the sound technicians who run the sound and livestream equipment on Sunday mornings. Working knowledge of soundboard/sound tech setup/livestreaming is desired. This is a salaried position that requires 10-15 hours of work each week. Please inquire by phone or email for more information. Please submit resumé to

Attn: Worship Director.



                                                           There’s something at First Baptist Church of Winters for everyone!                                                                    We promise we’ll do our very best to plug you in and make you feel at home.

Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as pushing shopping carts to help feed the hungry, to arranging fresh flowers for Sunday morning services to maintaining the church buildings & grounds.  Read more on our FBC Ministries page.


Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. We are a small, traditional congregation that is striving to bring our congregation into the age of widespread technology.  We understand that we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. Our sermons are livestreamed each week and available to view on this website or our Facebook page. We maintain an active Facebook page for additional church communication.

Outreach Ministries

FBCW is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in supporting missionaries in the USA and Worldwide with our money and with our prayers. Our church hosts its own  local missions, providing a completely FREE Vacation Bible School to all children of the community, our Young Adult group makes regular visits to local nursing homes, and our Youth hold several work days and make an annual Thanksgiving Mission trip to feed the homeless in the greater Sacramento Area


     Wednesday & Sunday                Prayer Meetings,                  Prayer Partners &          Ladies Prayer Chain

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer and committed to God’s sovereignty. We have weekly prayer service each Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. Throughout the week, volunteers from our Prayer teams pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. 





First Baptist Church of Winters
512 First Street
Winters, CA  95694

First Baptist Church of Winters is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Sacramento Regional Baptist Network.

We host a warm and welcoming body of believers.


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