First Baptist Church
2800 University Ave, Charleston, IL

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Chris Prater

Chris_Prater.jpgPastor Chris Prater and his family came to Charleston in January of 2015. Chris and his wife, Stephanie, have four children.

Pastor Chris began in ministry in 2002 as a youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Bluffton, IN. then served as the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Ipswich, South Dakota. He has a Diploma of Pastoral Studies from the Church Leadership Institute as well as a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. His undergrad studies are in Business Management, specialized in Accounting. Before entering the ministry, Pastor Chris served four years in the United States Marine Corp.

First Baptist Church is truly blessed to have such a man of God serving as our Pastor. His vision, drive, and incredible desire to see God's kingdom grow, keeps our church moving forward to better glorify God. Pastor Chris strives to equip believers with the tools needed to go out into all the world and be disciples for Jesus.