First Baptist Church of Hammond - Gospel Light Society

First Baptist Church of Hammond

English Services
With Pastor Jack Schaap


* 9:30 a.m.Sunday school for all ages
* Adults | Children and Teens | Nurseries | Special Needs
* 10:45 a.m.Morning preaching service
* 5:15 p.m.Teaching 'n' Training classes
* 6:00 p.m.Evening preaching service
Wednesday Evening

* 6:15 p.m.Youth Choirs
* 7:00 p.m.Bible Study

Servicios en Español
With Spanish Pastor Freddy De Anda

* 9:30 a.m.Escuela dominical
* 10:45 a.m.Predicación de la manana
* 5:30 p.m.Predicación de la tarde


* 7:00 p.m.Estudio Bíblico


We believe the Bible is the Word of God.

We believe in the King James Version of the Bible. We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as payment for our sins, and rose from the dead on the third day. We believe that the only way a person can go to Heaven when he dies is to first place his faith in the payment that Jesus Christ provided with His shed blood on the cross. First Baptist Church of Hammond is just that, a Baptist church. Once a person is saved by putting his faith in Jesus, we are commanded to be baptized by immersion to show to others what took place when we trusted Christ; we do this in obedience, not to save us but to show that we have been saved. We believe in participating in the Lord's Supper on a regular basis to remember the payment Jesus made for us and to express our love to Him for that payment. The Lord's Supper is not kept to take us to Heaven but to thank Jesus for His sacrifice.
We believe that the Bible is what it claims to be: the Word of God.

We take instruction from the Bible literally; we believe what it is actually saying, not that it is an allegory or a fable. We take instruction from the Bible in the areas of life and faith and go to it for the answers to life. In a day when opinion polls and media agendas steer our social conscience, we believe that we should first seek God's opinion on any subject before forming our own.
We believe that the family unit should be strong and healthy.

The first institution God made on earth was the family. Programs in the church are geared to help build strong families. First Baptist Church provides fellowship, friendship, and support services through our social activities. We strive to be protective of our children. Background checks of everyone working with a child are required. We have a professional security team and a licensed medical team on site.
We believe that the church should be the moral conscience of a community.

Since God created civil governments, we work hard to cooperate with and work together with our elected officials and civil servants.
We believe that the only requirements for church membership are salvation and baptism by immersion.

People who are saved and baptized at First Baptist Church are voted in as members unless they request not to be. A person may join from another Baptist church by transfer. Persons wishing to join from a church other than a Baptist church must give testimony of their salvation and their immersion baptism and thereby join by Christian experience.
We believe that it is our responsibility, as outlined in the Bible, to spread the Gospel to our area, nation, and world.

Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
We believe that Christians should talk, behave, live, and dress like a citizen of Heaven.

The basis for these standards is found in the Bible. We make no apology for our conservative beliefs in many areas, including music, social issues, dress, and behavior.
We believe that a church should be filled, not with spectators, but participants.

We believe a church should be described as a spiritual hospital where people come for spiritual healing, not a spiritual museum where the relics of "Pharisee-ism" are displayed. We have a first-class way of doing things. We are careful stewards of God's money. We give an accurate accounting once a month of every check that is written: to whom, the amount, and the purpose of the check. We strive to be honest and respectable.
We believe God's business is the greatest business in the world.


Because of nearly fatal injuries suffered in a car accident at the age of 15, Marlene Elgersma was told she would never be able to have children--but God had other plans. First, a baby girl named Kristi was born to Marlene and her husband, Ken Schaap.  Five years later, the doctor--feeling that having another child was too dangerous for both the baby and his mother--scolded Marlene for becoming pregnant again.  Despite complications, Jack Allan Schaap arrived safely at the Holland Community Hospital in Holland, Michigan, on October 1, 1957.

Jack Schaap was brought to church just a few weeks after his birth and attended the Rose Park Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan, for most of his early life. At the age of five, he was led to the Lord by his ten-year-old sister, Kristi, as he sat on the edge of the bathtub.

Reared in a very secure home, Jack learned strong family values from his deacon father and church organist mother.  He was a very shy child who cried every day in the first and second grades, preferring to be with family members or a few close friends rather than with crowds.

When Jack was 11 years old, his dad started a business. Ken Schaap had worked midnight shifts cleaning a grocery store, as well as working day shifts doing construction, in order to save for this business venture. Ken bought property, cleared the land, and built from scratch a 200-lot mobile home park. Ken hired his son Jack to be his chief partner in this new venture. Jack worked for his dad through his junior high and high school years. Through the time spent with his dad, he learned the value of hard work, and his dad became his hero and best friend. They made plans to go into business together--but, once again, God had other plans.

Jack's parents hosted many visiting preachers in their home during his growing-up years. A couple of these preachers challenged him to pray about going into full-time Christian service, which he agreed to do.  During his senior year of high school, he became burdened about the salvation of his two best buddies. After praying for several hours every night for Jeff and Jerry to become Christians, he was able to witness to them one night after a Jack Van Impe Crusade. The next morning, both friends informed him that they had accepted Christ. That night, he jumped in bed relieved that he would no longer have to pray for his friends' salvation. Not being able to sleep, however, he got out of bed, fell to his knees, and began to pray again. The love of God flowed over him as he prayed in his bedroom that night, and the light of the Holy Spirit illuminated the room. Sometime during that night, the call of God to preach became very obvious, and Jack Schaap surrendered to that very definite call during the wee hours of the morning. When he shared with his mother what had happened, she told him that she had been praying for him to be a preacher ever since her accident as a 15-year-old girl.

Pastor Chuck Surrett, Brother Schaap's caring pastor during his teenage years, advised him to attend Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Minnesota. This he did for a year and a half. However, after his first year of college, a new pastor named Jim Binney came to Bro. Schaap's home church. Bro. Binney was a Hyles-Anderson College graduate and pointed Brother Schaap to Hyles-Anderson College. He followed the advice of his pastor and arrived at Hyles-Anderson College in January of 1977. Through some unusual experiences, he met and started dating Cindy Hyles about six weeks after his arrival. After two dates, both were convinced that they had found God's will for their life's mate. Brother Schaap graduated from college in May of 1978 with his bachelor's degree in pastoral theology and received his master's degree in May of 1979.  On June 1, 1979, he and Cindy were married.

Brother Schaap began teaching Bible at Hyles-Anderson College the fall after he and Cindy were married. Five years later, he became an assistant to the president. He received an honorary doctorate from Hyles-Anderson College in 1994. Then, on June 4, 1996, Dr. Schaap became the vice president of Hyles-Anderson College. During his time at the college, Dr. Schaap traveled extensively across America and became known as one of America's premier preachers, especially to teenagers. He was also a bus captain, starting with one bus and six riders. Under his leadership, the route grew to need six buses, seeing high days of over 350.

On March 7, 2001, following the death of his father-in-law and mentor, Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. Schaap was voted in as pastor of the great First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, with an overwhelming 96-percent vote in favor of his becoming pastor.

In the eight years that Dr. Schaap has been its pastor, the First Baptist Church of Hammond has seen amazing growth, with the average weekly attendance more than doubling. This growth caused the need for a new auditorium; so in March of 2005, the First Baptist Church moved into a new 7500-seat auditorium and, throughout that same year, saw over 25,000 converts baptized.

Also during his eight-year tenure as pastor, Dr. Schaap has led the First Baptist Church in starting many new ministries including the Chapel Ministry (consisting of five inner-city chapels), Responsibility USA (a ministry to public school teens), Reformers Unanimous (an addiction program), and 57 new adult Sunday school classes.

The First Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Schaap, hosts three nationwide conferences each year--Pastors' School in March, Youth Conference in July, and the Christian Womanhood Spectacular in October. In addition to these conferences, Dr. Schaap also travels to preach around the country. His lifelong interest in aviation that began when he earned his pilot's license as a teenager has come to fruition as he flies to speak out of town.

Dr. Schaap superintends more than 3000 Christian young people in five different church-operated, private Christian schools. He is the chancellor of Hyles-Anderson College, a private Bible college operated by the First Baptist Church for the purpose of training preachers, missionaries, and Christian educators.

Dr. Schaap, who is known for his heart for world missions, oversees the operations of FBMI (Fundamental Baptist Missions International), which currently has 105 missionaries on the field and 25 on deputation, representing 45 countries altogether. Since the inception of a Faith Promise Giving program, the church has seen its missions giving rise from $85,000 to a pledged $1.7 million for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

A few years ago, the first mission team was sent from the First Baptist Church to an oppressive country. As of July 2009, this team has seen 6,325 trust Jesus Christ as their Saviour, with 770 of them following in believer's baptism. A second mission team was sent to Ghana, West Africa, in November of 2006. This team is averaging 976 each Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Kumasi and has seen 185,765 people saved and 3,851 baptized. Hyles-Anderson College of West Africa was founded there in January of 2008 and will host its first graduation in September 2009. In May of 2008, a third mission team was sent to Bangkok, Thailand. Since their arrival they have seen 7,233 people saved and 477 baptized. A fourth mission team, going to India, has been assembled, with plans to leave in January of 2010.

Dr. and Mrs. Schaap have been married for 30 years and have two children, Jaclynn and Ken. Jaclynn is married to Todd Weber, junior high youth director at First Baptist Church, and is one of the church pianists.  The Webers have three children:  Lyndsay, Raymond, and Alexys.  Ken is married to Candace (Hooker) and teaches at Hyles-Anderson College. They have one son, Kenneth.

Those who know Dr. Jack Schaap best would describe him as a man with a passion for God.

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