Why Are We Here?

Faith Baptist Church was founded in the mid– 1970’s when Missionary Church Planters Claude and Ann Wivell saw the need to begin a church in this community with the following priorities:

  • Preaching the Word of God in its entirety as the only message from God;
  • Teaching that the Bible contains the only means of salvation– which is by the placing of our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone, Who died on the cross for our sins;
  • Teaching the principles and standards for living as found in God’s Word;
  • A conservative, traditional and reverent worship style.

meet our pastor

Pastor Justin Kauffman was born April 5th, 1972 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He accepted Christ as His Savior when he was twenty-three years old. At the age of twenty-seven he was called to the pastoral ministry and attended Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, Florida. There he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral studies. While living in Florida he met his wife Allison whom he married in 2003. Then in 2005 he attended Faith Baptist Bible seminary in Ankeny, Iowa and graduated with a Master of Arts in Pastoral studies. While in Seminary he served as an associate pastor for a year at Calvary Baptist Church in West Des Moines, Iowa and then served as the Senior pastor another year before being called to Faith Baptist Church in Kittery, Maine where he has served since August of 2009.  The Kauffman's have four children; Josiah, Jeremiah, Kayla, and Ava.

Who We Are:

We are an Independent, Fundamental Baptist Church.

As an Independent Church we are not dependent, subject, or subordinate to any outside organization. We are autonomous or self-governing.

What we mean by Fundamental is that we hold tenaciously to the fundamentals of the Faith:

  1. The inspiration, infallibility, and inerrancy of the Scriptures.
  2. The Trinity.
  3. The pre-existence, deity, virgin birth, bodily resurrection, and visible return of Christ.
  4. Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross for sin.
  5. Salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ.
  6. Biblical separation (personal and ecclesiastical). We do not believe that it is Scriptural to cooperate with liberalism for any reason.  

We are unashamedly Baptist. We appreciate what our Baptist forefathers have accomplished through much difficulty and persecution. Our desire is to continue the work that they have so faithfully performed.

The Baptist Distinctives are:

  1. The accuracy and authority of the Scriptures (II Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 22:18-19). And in particular, we believe that the New Testament is the standard for the operation and organization of the Church.
  2. Individual soul liberty; the responsibility of every believer to understand the Scriptures thru the ministry of the Holy Spirit. (Rom. 14:4-5; I Cor. 2:10)
  3. A Regenerate, Baptized church membership (Acts 2:41-42)
  4. Sovereign, Independent local churches (Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:3)
  5. Two Officers: Pastor and Deacons (I Tim. 3:1,8)
  6. Two Ordinances: Baptism (Immersion, once, backwards) and the Lord’s Supper. (Matt. 3:16; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:3-4; I Cor. 11:17-34)
  7. Separation of Church and State (Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7)
  8. The Priesthood of all believers: the access of each believer to the Throne of Grace to worship God and pray for himself and others. (Heb. 4:16) 
  9. The Sovereignty of God and Headship of Christ (Col. 1:18; Eph. 4:15)