Who We Are
Dr. Gilbert Watt served as the senior pastor of our church for forty years. His wife, Betty, served with him as the church secretary, an Awana leader and more. They retired from the First Baptist Church of Ogden on April 29, 2007. During his ministry at the church, Pastor Watt baptized over 320 believers. Twenty-three church members have gone on to serve the Lord in full-time service. He also oversaw a major building project to enlarge the facilities with a larger auditorium and more classroom space. During his ministry, the church also purchased two additional properties. He graduated from Shelton College, Ringwood, N.J, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in "Hebrew & Hellenistics" in 1956. He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Faith Theological Seminary, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania in 1959. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Nepperhan Avenue Baptist Church, Yonkers, N.Y. in 1962. Before coming to Ogden he served as the pastor of Bible Baptist Fellowship, Hazlet, N.J. and Calvary Baptist Church, Waterbury, Connecticut. Pastor Watt was called to First Baptist Church of Ogden on December 14, 1966. He preached his first Sunday sermon as pastor of our church on February 12, 1967. He received his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana in August 1993,. He was honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Regular Baptist Churches on September 22, 1998 with the "Faithful Servant Award." He served as the Secretary on the PARBC Council of Ten for five years. The Watts have three children who serve the Lord in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Pastor and Mrs. Watt live in Ogden and continue to be a blessing to our church family.