Dr. Raymond Edge, being a fifth generation Texan, had Baptist preachers in his family in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries. His great grandfather, his father and now he have spread the gospel for years in Texas and around the World. in 1969, he was called by God to preach the Gospel while studying German at West Point Military Academy in New York.
Realizing that God had called him to His Army, he resigned West Point and was ordained August 1971. His first pastorate was in Oakhurst, Texas where he baptized 13 to the Lord after one month of service. While spending six and a half years in Israel, he completed his Bachelor degree in a double major in Old Testament, Biblical History and a minor in Koine Greek, from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
The Lord was good to him letting him complete his degree entirely in the Hebrew language and graduating with honors. Later, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where his daughter was born as a Seminary kid.
He completed his MABS (Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies) Masters Degree from the Criswell College in Dallas and began his doctorate at The University of Texas at Austin. While there, he taught Hebrew and Greek at the Howard Payne extension in Corpus Christi, Texas. His doctorate was awarded in Hebrew Studies with a thesis on Dead Sea Scrolls and he is presently teaching as an adjunct professor for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at San Antonio. His love for the Lord, for people, for the Church and the Scriptures lead him to join the staff as a minister to the shut-ins and sick at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. While there he was called by First Baptist Church in Bastrop to be their Senior Pastor in December of 1997.
Continuing the tradition through Dr. Edge and his family, the Lord has blessed First Baptist, under his watch, with souls being saved and lives changed. He is preaching a fresh personal Word from the Lord and his unique insights from his education and personal experiences have kept the Church looking up at the Lord.
Presently the Church has purchased almost 50 acres for future expansion. If you are looking for a place for Children; We are the Church for you. If you are looking for a place for Young Adults; We are the Church for you. If you are looking for a place for Senior or Middle Adults; We are the Church for you.
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