About First Baptist Church Covington

Our Purpose…

We exist to help people know and accept Jesus Christ and through Him experience life changing relationships.

What We Believe…

The Authority of the Scripture”
The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God.”
2 Timothy 3:16 (TLB)

Congregational Authority
“Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.
Acts 15:22 (NKJV)

The Priesthood of the Believer
“So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (TLB)

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

An Individual/Personal Commitment to Christ
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
John 1:12 (NKJV)

Believer’s Baptism
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life..”
Romans 6:4-6 (NKJV)

Dr. Jay Johnston, Associate Pastor 

Jay Johnston joined the staff as the Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Covington in January 2009. He provides leadership to our Multi-Campus Ministry, Congregational Care Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Missions/Evangelism Ministry. He gives direct leadership to our Prayer Ministry and Recovery Ministry. Jay also serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for National Day of Prayer in Louisiana and serves on the Louisiana Governor’s Annual Prayer Breakfast Task Force. He is active in the Association and State Convention work of Louisiana Baptist. He is often invited to preach and teach on prayer, forgiveness, evangelism and discipleship as well as consulting with churches on the daily pressures of church life and how to be a disciple making church.
Jay came to FBC Covington from Nashville, Tennessee where he served for twenty years with LifeWay Christian Resources which is a church consulting, education and publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of two books and has over 100 articles published. He has served churches in Louisiana, Florida and Tennessee. He is a native of New Orleans and is a graduate of Louisiana College with a Bachelor of Science Degree, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with Doctor of Ministry Degree.

Jay is married to Jerilyn Gaspard Johnston who is the church pianist and teaches piano. Jay and Jerilyn have two sons Grady and Jody. Grady is married to Ann and they have two sons Chaucer and Xander. They live in Jackson, TN where Grady is a Doctor of Nursing Candidate to become a nurse anesthetist. Jody is married to Oliva and they live in Baton Rouge, La. Jody owns and operates a marketing and advertising company that empowers brands to grow intentional relationships through strategic imagery. Oliva is a Law Student at LSU.

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