First Baptist Church
- Lead Pastor: Pastor Tom Hicks; Pastor Fred Malone
- Physical Address: 12329 Jackson St, Clinton, LA 70722
- Mailing Address: P O Box 552 Clinton, LA 70722
- Service Times: Sunday School 9:30 // AM Worship 10:45 // PM Worship 6:00 // Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church was founded in 1836 as part of the Mississippi Valley Baptist Association. The original Articles of Faith of this association was "the doctrines of grace." In 1845 it became part of the newly founded Southern Baptist Convention. It continued to grow with many difficulties in the 1800's, pastored by bi-vocational pastors. In the 1900's the church became more Arminian until the coming of Pastor William (Bill) Ascol in 1983. Pastor Ascol led the church through a difficult reformation which necessitated both sound instruction and sorrowful church discipline. Under his leadership, the church became a sound supporter of Founder's Ministries and contributed greatly to the growing reformation of "the doctrines of grace" in Southern Baptist life. It adopted the 1689 London Confession in 1992. The church prospered in a newfound unity around the reformed faith until he left in 1992 to found the Heritage Baptist Church of Shreveport, LA. FBC, Clinton, will always be grateful to God for the hard reforming work of Pastor Bill Ascol.
In 1993, Pastor Fred A. Malone came as pastor to carry on the reformation of the church. After a few difficult years of instruction and discipline, the church grew in unity and understanding of the reformed faith according to the 1689 London Confession. Under his leadership, the church joined ARBCA and has greatly enjoyed its fellowship and missions opportunities. Since 2002, the church has seen an increasing unity in fellowship, together with numerous conversions of our young people which has continued to bear fruit to God as young adults. Many different ministries reach out to others, including a TV and radio ministry, RSS feed, nursing home ministry, Harvest Fellowship (LSU college outreach), pastoral internships, Bible distribution, street preaching in Baton Rouge, community fair outreach, halfway house Bible Study, the Lakeshore Project, Building Tomorrow's Missions conference, mission trips, etc. The original Articles of Faith of this association was "the doctrines of grace."