The Head of our church is the LORD Jesus Christ.
Over two thousand years ago He ascended to heaven and is still there seated at the right hand of the Father, awaiting further instructions to ‘come again.’ He has left us (as New Testament Saints) three things by which to rightly govern ourselves in this matter of church until His return.
1) The Holy Scriptures — Who the LORD Jesus is (John 1:1-2)
2) The Holy Ghost — Who guides us into all truth (John 16:13)
3) Church offices (the writings to Timothy, Titus, and much of 1st Corinthians)
- Pastor/Elder/Bishop — to Feed, Lead, and Rule. (This is the same office with many titles and responsibilities. A man can be a father and also a husband; he is also the head of the household: the same person with many offices, duties, and responsibilities.)
- Deacons — to Assist and Serve the pastor and the flock under the leadership of the pastor.
Pillar and Ground Independent Baptist Church is led by Pastor Jeremy Baier, who was called to Gibson City to assume pastoral duties of Prairie Baptist Church, led by God to close PBC, and led by God to open Pillar and Ground Independent Baptist Church. Pastor Baier does not “own” the church, and neither does any other man or group of men. God owns it and reserves the right to do with it what He pleases.
All throughout Scripture, God has chosen a man to lead people, property, and projects. Moses and Joshua were each chosen to lead the children of Israel at different times, following God’s instructions to them. Ezra and Nehemiah were individuals chosen by God to lead the building of the Jerusalem wall and the Temple. In the New Testament Church Age, God has chosen pastors/teachers (as gifts to the local body of believers) for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-13), and the stewards over God’s church (Titus 1:7).
See our section titled “What We Do Not Believe” to see where we differ from many other churches. This is not meant to be a point of contention, but a point of independent, autonomous separation. People are free to “agree to disagree” on these issues, but this is what we hold to.