Sleater-Kinney Road Baptist Church (“SKRBC”) began as a congregation in July of 1978. It was a church plant from nearby Tillicum Baptist Church, which purchased our property by faith in 1976 and began making plans for planting a new congregation in the Olympia area. Incredibly, when the saints at Tillicum Baptist launched this work and purchased the land, there was no pastor and no people to fill this future congregation!
The church really began as a series of bible studies in a Christian’s home in Olympia, in the Spring of 1978. The first “official” services were held at nearby South Bay Elementary School on July 2, 1978. Our church’s first pastor was Mark Jacobson, who had just graduated from Northwest Baptist Seminary in Tacoma, WA.
Our current building was constructed in Spring of 1980, and we’ve been here ever since.
In our nearly 40 year history, we’ve had two pastors:
- Mark Jacobson, who was here from 1978 – 1999. He is now an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Corban School of Ministry, in Salem, Oregon.
- Paul Pierce, who was here from 2000 – 2017. He is now the Northwest Field Representative for Friends of Israel.
What kind of church are we?
From the very beginning, our church has been in fellowship with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches; more specifically, the Baptist Network Northwest. This means two things; we’re Baptists and we’re committed to preserving and preaching the Christian faith in love. You can read our detailed statement of faith here.
What should you expect?
Expository, systematic preaching and teaching of God’s Word. The Bible isn’t a cookbook; it’s a collection of individual letters which were designed to be read and understood in a systematic fashion. You can’t take one verse from Psalms, a passage from Leviticus, a dash of Romans, and a pinch of Ephesians, stir well, and bake in the oven for 30 mins @ 350. Books need to be read, taught, preached and understood in a serious way. What does this look like?
- Adult Sunday School. We’ve been studying the book of 1 Peter since March 2017, and we’re almost on Chapter 3! Our adult sunday school is interactive, and we work our way through the letter by way of question, answer and discussion. Of course, you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to!
- Children’s Sunday School. Kids (ages 3-13) learn all about salvation, God, Christ and the Christian life with a wonderful curriculum called The Praise Factory. This material systematically walks children (and their teachers!) through the Bible and teaches all about theology in a systematic, comprehensive way.
- Teen Sunday School. The teens are going through the book of Ephesians now, using an interactive, discussion format.
- Preaching. Our interim pastor is going through the book of 2 Corinthians at the moment, verse by verse and passage by passage.
We don’t enforce a dress code, so don’t worry about “looking right.” Nobody will frown at you if you don’t have a tie, grimace if you don’t wear a jacket, or stare if you aren’t wearing a dress. Honest.
Focus on inward devotion, not cold, outward show. Some people think being a Christian is about “acting right.” That’s incorrect. Being a Christian is about loving God with all your heart, soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:5), because He’s saved you from yourself and given you new life. And, if you love God and are truly grateful, you’ll want to do what His Word says. Your outward actions should always flow from an inward love and devotion to God for His “inexpressible gift” of salvation, through His eternal Son, Jesus (2 Corinthians 9:5). This means Christians can’t excuse sin by an appeal to “liberty,” and we also can’t excuse external, fake conformity with an appeal to “right behavior” at the expense of honest motivation. We serve God because we love Him.
A zeal for evangelism. Christians need to preach the Gospel. We do this together as a corporate group through specific outreach events and programs. We also do this in our personal lives, were we live, where we work, and among our family members.