Meet our Pastor

Pastor Chris Prater


     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.