"Church is not an organization you join; it is a family where you belong, a home where you are loved and a hospital where you find healing."
- Nicky Gumbel -
Sundays 10:30 am
“I am honored to be asked to serve a second time as interim pastor of this historic church. I am delighted to be able to renew the friendship with so many of you. An interim period is a very important time and I pledge to do my part as the church transitions between pastors. So, I ask of all of you, pray for me. pray for FBC, pray for Carlton and the surrounding area, and get ready to work! In the words of Mordecai to Hannah, God has put us all in place “for such a time as this!”
Phone: (360) 672-7119
Sunday morning worship
Tuesdays (9 a.m. - noon)
Dr. Slayden A. Yarbrough is Professor Emeritus of Religion, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Hannibal-LaGrange College (A.A.), Southwest Baptist College (B.A.), and Baylor University (Ph.D.) He taught for 29 years at Southwest Baptist College and Oklahoma Baptist University. He is author or co-author of five books, over 40 journal and encyclopedia articles, plus many other publications. He edited Baptist History and Heritage from 1996- 1999. He continues serving as interim pastor, pulpit supply, and teacher in American Baptist churches. He teaches the ABCCPC course “American Baptist Polity and History” to candidates for ordination or ordination recognition for ministers in the region.
Janis and Slayden live in Vancouver. They have been married over 55 years. Scott, their son, and Kellan, their grandson live in Portland. Slayden has served as interim pastor at a number of churches in the ABCCPC (American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast), including FBC Carlton (March 2011- May 2012), Grace, Word of Life, and Grant Park in Portland, FBC, Gresham, and FBC, Oregon City, During the COVID 19 stay-n-place he had time to publish a book entitled I Am…Storytelling in Worship.
The book contains six monologue presentations and three dramatic readings. Some of these were presented at FBC during Slayden’s first interim at the church, and may repeated in an edited form again. Those of you who like to act and/or read, let him know. You may be enlisted!
Leading Our Prayers
The power of our community is demonstrated by our desire to serve others.
Service is a big part of our religious doctrine and it’s at the root of our very being. At First Baptist Church of Carlton, we provide opportunities for our members to serve through various ministries.