About us

The Gospel

We are by nature enemies of God and the only way to be made right with him is through faith in the person and work of Jesus.  This is the Gospel: the good news that God saves sinners through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not only is the gospel the entry point into salvation, it is also what we grow up in to spiritual maturity.  Spiritual growth to maturity is believing the truth of the gospel to a greater and greater degree throughout our lives.  Therefore, we exist as a church because of and for the cause of the gospel – all that we do as a church is centered around the gospel.


Our mission is to engage in the disciple-making process As followers of Jesus, our primary objective is to make more disciples – to reproduce ourselves as followers of Jesus. As we do this, we join in the disciple-making movement that Jesus began – we are disciples making disciples who make disciples in the context of relationships with others (Matthew 28:19-20).   The disciple-making process modeled by Jesus is: Win the lost, build the believer, equip the worker, multiply the disciple-maker. Making disciples is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus and helping others do the same, wherever they are at spiritually.

Disciple-Making Environments

All that we do as a church is aimed at fostering intentional, disciple-making relationships. The environments for disciple-making at our church are the Corporate Gathering, Home Communities and DNA Groups. These three gatherings, working together, are the environment for you to intentionally engage in the disciple-making process – growing to spiritual maturity and helping others do the same.

Corporate Gathering

on Sunday mornings something transcendent takes place as the local expression of Christ’s Church gathers to rehearse and proclaim the gospel through the reading and proclamation of God’s Word, song, prayer, giving, communion and baptism

LFB is in association with Church Venture Northwest.

Meet the staff!

Terry Larkin

Interim Pastor

Terry Larkin became our interim pastor on December 1, 2021. He has served churches in California, Virginia, and Oregon as either a senior pastor or interim pastor. Besides being a pastor Terry has also served as an Army chaplain – both on active duty and in the National Guard. Terry is a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Western Seminary, and the Army War College. He enjoys reading (especially history and biographies), growing fruit trees, and playing golf. He is married and has a grown son.

Dana Darling

Office Manager

Dana grew up in Lebanon. She attended Multnomah School of the Bible after graduation. As a young adult starting her family she lived in Tacoma, Parkdale, Portland, Welches and finally returned to Lebanon in 2001 when she began attending First Baptist as a single mom with four kids. Dana has worked with special needs children and their families in the public schools and as a caregiver. She has been a cook at Camp Tadmor for many summers. Dana is excited to be joining the staff to serve our church family in the role of office manager.

Chris Bartmess

Youth Ministry

Chris grew up in Milwaukie Oregon. Attended Corban university in Salem Oregon in 2011 where he met his wife Bridget. They have 3 kids. Chris and Bridget both worked at Camp Tadmor and love working with youth. Chris has a degree in elementary education and youth ministry.

Angie Hearn

Children's Ministry

Angie grew up in Brush Prairie, Washington. She spent 4 years with Operation Mobilization where she met her husband, Adam. She started attending LFB in 2010 and came on staff in 2018. Angie has four young daughters who she loves spending time with. All are currently in kids ministry which makes her job very near to her heart. She is passionate about helping kids understand the gospel of Jesus.

Lucas Fitchett

Facilities Manager

Lucas grew up in Lebanon and attended LFB ever since he could remember. He joined staff in the Summer of 2021. He enjoys playing soccer, lifting weights, hiking, working on and driving is VW Golf, and built and designed this website.