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About us


First Pentecostal Church of Fort Wayne was founded in 1946 by Bishop Claude Lawson.


Bishop Lawson would pastor the church until 1986.  For 40 years, He would lead the church into growth spiritually and physically!  In 1986, Pastor Larry White would unanimously be affirmed as the second pastor of First Pentecostal Church.  Pastor White would lead this great congregation until his going home in 2014.  In May of 2014, Rev. Jeremy S. Baines would be unanimously affirmed as the third pastor of First Pentecostal Church.  He looks forward to honoring the rich heritage of this church while walking with them into the future!


We are the Pentecostals of Fort Wayne!


If you have never had the opportunity to be in a Spirit-filled service then you will discover that Biblical expressions of worship are still practiced today.  Join in with us as we praise God together in spirit and in truth.


  • We pray together aloud because in the Bible we read, "They lifted up their voice to God with one accord" (Acts 4:24).

  • We lift our hands in praise because in the Bible we read, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord" (Psalm 134:2).

  • We sing with all our hearts because in the Bible we read, "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:  make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise" (Psalm 98:4).

  • We play musical instruments because in the Bible we read, "And all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments" (2 Samuel 6:5).

  • We clap and shout unto God because in the Bible we read, "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph" (Psalm 47:1).

  • We dance before the LORD because in the Bible we read, "Praise Him with the timbrel and dance:  praise Him with stringed instruments and organs" (Psalm 150:4).

  • We testify publicly because in the Bible we read, "I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee" (Psalm 22:22).

  • We anoint with oil for divine healing because in the Bible we read, "Is any sick among you?  Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5:14).

  • We allow the operation of the spiritual gifts because in the Bible we read, "When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation" (1 Corinthians 14:26)


You are welcome to come and join us at First Pentecostal Church of Ft. Wayne!  We have Anointed Preaching, Energetic Worship, Exciting Praise and believe in letting God move how He wants to!

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