On the southwest side of the ancient Wichita Mountains and securely located next to the frontier outpost, Fort Sill, a city was born. The Lawton Land Lottery had literally drawn people in from all over the country. It was August 12, 1901, that nineteen of those souls, who must have been people of great faith, organized themselves and filed a charter for the First Baptist Church of Lawton.
These people met in a tent for their first worship service and would meet in various other places, including a tabernacle on the courthouse square, before they would establish their permanent home on the corner of Fifth and B Ave. Today on that same corner the large building complex called First Baptist Church, now covering more than an entire city block, bears silent testimony that a century has passed and the Church still stands, worshipping God, following Christ, and serving people.
First Baptist Church has stood strong across a century, constantly being energized by it's mission to the world. New churches have been born, young soldiers, among others, have been reached for Christ and then sent out to various places in the earth, and First Baptist Church has truly touched the world.
Our current pastor is Dr. Patrick Latham. He and his wife, Laura Price Latham, both grew up in Marietta, GA. They met in their hometown while Patrick was pursuing his Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Patrick and Laura married in the summer of 2004 and have three children together: Julianne, Will, and Levi. Patrick has also obtained a Doctorate of Ministry from Luther Rice University in 2013. Prior to serving at Second Baptist, Patrick served in Dr. Johnny Hunt’s pastoral mentor program at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. He also served on staff at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. Patrick has had the privilege and blessing of pastoring and serving churches in the greater Atlanta areas of Marietta and Cedartown, Georgia. Patrick previously was the Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Cedartown, GA for eight years.
Shane Hall served as our pastor from 2009-2014. Shane grew up in Burns Flat, OK. He earned his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and Master of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Shane and Misty married in May 2001 at Chickasha, OK and made their first home in Tulsa. They became the parents of Maci Marie and Mallory Mae. Shane began pastoring the same year he graduated from high school, 1989, having been called to First Baptist Church, Canute, OK. Over the next 29 years, he also pastored Washington Street Baptist Church in Hobart, OK; Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bogalusa, LA; Calvary Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK; First Baptist Church, Clinton, OK; First Baptist Church, Lawton, OK; and First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, OK, where he served faithfully until his passing.
Dr. Gary W. Cook and his wife Linda began their ministry with First Baptist church in 1992. He came from ten years of service with the Baptist Sunday School Board where he was Vice president, Office of Church Programs and Services. Dr. Cook is a native to Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was saved in 1951 and ordained to the gospel ministry at First Baptist Church Ardmore in 1961. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminar where he earned both a Masters degree and a Doctor of Ministries in pastoral leadership. Dr. Cook had fifteen years of pastoral experience in Oklahoma and Texas prior to joining the Sunday School Board.