Pastor Chris Prater and his family came to Charleston in January of 2015.
Pastor and his wife, Stephanie, have four children. Their oldest, Micheala Geffre is
married and currently resides in Lewisburg, West Virginia. They have a five year old son, Elijah Matthew. The other three children, Allison, Nikolas, and Emily are attending school here in Charleston.
Pastor Chris began in ministry in 2002 as a youth pastor at First Baptist Church
in Bluffton, IN. From 2009 to 2014 he served as the senior pastor at First Baptist
Church of Ipswich, South Dakota. Pastor 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, his drive , and his incredible desire to see God's kingdom grow, keeps our church
moving forward to better glorify God. His family has been such an added blessing as well.
Pastor Chris strives to equip believers with the tools needed to go out into all the world-
as the Bible commands us to do. With Pastor Chris' leadership, First Baptist tries to be a light
to the community of Charleston, so that people will see, feel, and hear Christ's love and
message in all that we do.