Our Church

We are proud to be in our sixteenth year of serving God as leaders of The First Baptist Church of Sterling. We have been blessed to lead the church in tripling its size and building a new state-of-the-art worship center designed to serve both the congregation and the community-at-large.

Most importantly we feel blessed to have been provided the opportunity to touch individuals and families and Shepard them through their spiritual growth.
Pastor Bishop Leslie Patterson Jr.
Co-Pastor Francene V. Patterson
Church Vision

The vision, mission and goal of the First Baptist Church is to preach, practice and produce the gospel to the spiritually and economically poor; the brokenhearted; to those who are in spiritual, emotional, physical and financial captivity; to give sight to the spiritually blind; and those who have been emotionally wounded and bruised by life's battles.


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. Luke 4:18

This ministry seeks to provide food for the hungry, drink to those who are thirsty, housing for the stranger, clothing for the naked, and give visitation to the sick and imprisoned.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:35-36

As Jesus reached out to those who were in despair and destitute, it is our Mission to reach out to the drug addict, homeless, hungry, unwed parents, rejected, and those who have lost hope in life. Proclaiming that with God First, all of life's ills can be healed.  View FBC Church Covenant.

Church History

On January 28, 1962, the late Reverend John W. Thornton officially organized the First Baptist Church of Sterling with 42 members. The first services were held in the basement of the home of Reverend and Mrs. John Thornton. During his tenure, God blessed his ministry and the current building was built in 1964. On Mary 15, 1978, God called Reverend John W. Thornton from labor to rest.

On April 17, 1979, the church called their second Pastor, Reverend James E. Jefferies. During Reverend Jefferies tenure, many improvements to the building were made. On August 21, 1995, Bishop Leslie Patterson Jr. was called to the First Baptist Church of Sterling, Virginia to minister where he would become the third Pastor of the congregation. The membership at that time was approximately 75 members.

During the 13 years that Bishop and Co-Pastor Patterson have been with First Baptist Church of Sterling, they have dedicated themselves and have worked very diligently towards the vision that God gave them for this ministry. Both Bishop and Co-Pastor both have a "no nonsense, make it happen" attitude. By the accomplishments that God has given, it is evident that Pastor and Mrs. Patterson truly believe that all things are possible through Christ Jesus. Under the leadership of this dynamic partnership, there have been numerous achievements. Dying souls have been saved and the lost have been found, as evident by the growing membership of over 1300 members. In April 2001, First Baptist broke ground for a new church edifice. In July 2002, Pastor Leslie Patterson was appointed to the office of Bishop, thereby, expanding First Baptist to a worldwide ministry. In October 2003, the new church edifice was completed and the start of "New Beginnings" commenced.

God has truly blessed the ministry of our Bishop and Co-Pastor and they are always constantly reminding us that we are a "Church Where Everybody is Somebody" and that God gets the credit for all accomplishments, but they are responsible for all failure.

Our church represents the fulfillment of a dream. Although we have reached an important milestone, we know that our work has really just begun. We pray that God will continue to bless Bishop and Co-Pastor Patterson and the First Baptist Church Family as we press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
  21449 Potomac View Rd Sterling, VA 20164
(703) 430-6140

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