First Baptist Church

A Christ centered, Bible teaching Church

Who We Are

We exist to fulfill the Great Commission, and live the Great Commandment while providing an environment for spiritual growth, fellowship, and worship. The entire population of our community is smaller than many church congregations, however we provide for ministry to all ages. All ages are represented in First Baptist Church of Ekalaka, Montana. Many would call us traditional. We would rather think that we have resisted the encroachment of the world on the church. You will find that we are relevant in the contemporary world in which we live.

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What are services like?

Most would call us traditional. We sing hymns, and contemporary hymn style songs. Each service includes special music from those with musical talent, often in a gospel or country style. Central to the service is a expository Bible message. Pastor Steve seeks to present a literal understanding of the scriptures in harmony with the intent of the divine authorship. We seek to make every service "Christ centered" rather than "man centered". We believe that if Christ is first honored man will be nurtured.

What is the community like?

You will find a family atmosphere where everyone is loved warts and all. Dress is casual, but neat. Jeans are common among the men though you might see a couple of neckties. Skirts and pants are the norm for the ladies. Basically, we reflect the Montana cowboy culture we live in. Bring your Bible because we use it. Expect to join us for a potluck Dinner the first Sunday of every month. If you don't bring a pot you are not out of luck. There is always plenty!

What if I'm not a Christian?

If you are not a Christian you are welcome to come to FBC. Our goal is to lead you into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, because in Him alone is eternal life. You will not be singled out as a non-christian, but loved with the love of the Christ who died for you.

Our Services

Sunday: 09:30am, 10:45am, and 06:30pm
Wednesday: 01:30pm, 03:30pm, 07:00pm, and 07:00pm

Our Weekly Service Times

Ekalaka, MT 59324-0427

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About Us



Size: Small

Traditional Hymns

Down to Earth, Friendly, Conservative, Multigenerational

Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Missions, Nursery


Our Services

Sunday 09:30am: Sunday School
Sunday 10:45am: Worship service
Sunday 06:30pm: Praise and Bible teaching
Wednesday 01:30pm: AWANA Cubbies - 3&4 yr Olds
Wednesday 03:30pm: AWANA Clubs K - 6th grade
Wednesday 07:00pm: Youth Group 7th - 12th grade
Wednesday 07:00pm: Prayer & Bible Study - Adults

Church Leader

Steve DeFord

Steve DeFord

Pastor Steve and Celeste are both 1981 graduates of Prairie Bible College. They entered the pastoral ministry in 1990, first as Church Planters, then in 1996 they came to First Baptist Church in Ekalaka as the senior Pastor. Of their ten children, two are still in High School. They have two daughters-in-law and 4 Grandchildren. Pastor Steve is a member of IFCA International, and he and Celeste are missionaries with Northwest Independent Church Extension. Preaching and teaching the word of God is Pastor Steve's passion.