Who are we?
Simply put, our church is committed to the uncompromising preaching and teaching of every truth in the inerrant Word of God. The Bible is our law, creed, and final authority in all matters relating to faith and practice; and we are a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches.
Our focus is on learning more about God, on how we can have a relationship with our Savior and grow in Him, on loving and serving others, and on fulfilling the Great Commission in Hudson and across the world. As part of our heart for missions, we support over 35 missionary families in over 22 countries and frequently take time in our services to hear more about what God is doing in their lives and ministries, as well as pray for their needs.
The inception of Bible Baptist began in September of 1967 when a few newcomers to Hudson felt the need of a fundamental Baptist Church and voiced their desire to Pastor Marvin Johnson of First Baptist Church of River Falls. Under Pastor Johnson’s direction, regular weekly Bible studies were established in Hudson. With 16 charter members, the church was officially organized and had our charter service on June 11th, 1970.
The church rented space from Larson Electrical Building at St. Croix Street North and 5th Street North for its first meeting place. In March 1971, a small chapel building was constructed at 722 Pine St. North that had a maximum seating capacity of 99 persons. That June, Pastor James Elkins was called to serve as our first pastor.
In January 1974, the church purchased property on which to build a permanent church building. This church facility was constructed at 545 6th Street North (Hwy 35) and was dedicated to the Lord on October 24, 1976.
Pastor Richard Carns followed Pastor Elkins in November 1977 and served as pastor until June 1984. In August 1984, Pastor Richard Cagle became the pastor and served until October 1986, and served until Pastor Mark Shore became the pastor in January 1989 through July 2015. Pastor Reggie Coleman served in a part-time capacity assisting Pastor Elkins and Pastor Shore from 1987 until October 2002. Nathan Metcalf served in a part-time capacity as Assistant to the Pastor from July 2003 until January 2013. When Pastor Shore retired in the summer of 2015, Pastor Daniel Stertz was called to be Bible Baptist’s Senior Pastor and was installed on October 30th, 2016.
The Stertz's Background
Pastor Dan & Mary Stertz moved to Hudson for Pastor Stertz to assume the pastorate at BBC in the Fall of 2016. Pastor Stertz has a B.A. from Maranatha Baptist University (’83) and a Master of Divinity from Maranatha Baptist Seminary (’87). He has served as pastor in three previous ministries, two in Wisconsin, and one in South Dakota, for a total of nearly 29 years of pastoral experience before coming here. Pastor Stertz also has served as the president of the New Testament Association of Independent Churches and is the treasurer for Baptists For Life of Wisconsin.
Mary homeschooled all of their children from kindergarten through graduation. She also assisted other homeschooling families through a homeschool support group. Mary also has worked with ladies groups in all of their ministries. She has taught a ladies Sunday School class in addition to working with Jr. Church ministries.
The Stertz's Family
Pastor Dan & Mary have six children and thirteen grandchildren (& more on the way). Five of their children are married. Two of their sons & a son-in-law are pastors. Their greatest desire is for their children & grandchildren to love and serve the Lord no matter what the Lord has called them to do.
Their Vision for the Future
Since “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”; and since Jesus Christ is the only way to God, it is the Stertz’s desire to make Christ known to the Hudson area. It is also their desire to lead people, by example, to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.