ABOUT OUR CHURCH
White Drive Baptist is a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Bible-living Baptist church where Jesus is preeminent, people are loved, and the gospel of grace is center-stage. If you are looking for a friendly, healthy, dynamic local church—you’re going to love growing in God’s grace with us.
Adam and Susan Longo
Pastor Adam Longo became the pastor of the White Drive Baptist Church in the fall of 2007. He grew up in a pastor’s home where he accepted Christ as his Savior in October of 1977. Later he surrendered to the call of God on his life and dedicated his life to serving the Lord in full-time Christian ministry.
Pastor Longo served as the Executive Associate Pastor for ten years under the leadership of Pastor Dan Tidd at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. His ministry involvement encompassed many aspects of church experience ranging from youth to young couples, camps, conferences, community outreach and soul winning, along with a growing music department. After several years of prayer, regarding his burden for the many churches that were without pastoral leadership, Pastor Longo responded to God’s calling in his life to pastor.
The Lord has allowed the White Drive Baptist Church to strengthen the things that remain and to move forward by faith over the last few years. Our prayer, in this Decade of Development, is to renew, revive, and rebuild the work of God and the lives of people in Batesville, Arkansas.
God has blessed the White Drive Baptist Church and its ministries in miraculous ways through the years. However, we still believe that God has much more in store for the days ahead!
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For reasons of unity within the school and textual reliability we choose to use the King James Version of the Bible. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pt. 1:20-21)
God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - three Persons and yet one God. (Dt. 6:4; Matt 26:19; I Cor. 8:6)
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man in order to redeem us. He was born of a virgin, and is true God and true man. (Luke 1:30-55; John 1:1-15; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15)
Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race, with an inherited sinful nature. (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:16; 3:16-19; Rom. 3:10-23; Rom. 6:23)
Sacrifice of Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven. Simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation for mankind. (Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 5:8-10; Eph. 1:20-23; I Pet. 3:18)
The local church is a group of baptized believers banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism, and preaching the gospel to every creature as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission. (Mark 16:15; I Cor. 12:12; Eph.1:22-23)
Jesus Christ Himself will soon come again in the air to catch up His Church and reward their service. The unbelievers left behind will go through the Tribulation, after which Christ will return to the earth to set up His kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule; after this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven. (Matt. 24:29-42; I Thess. 4:16-18; Rev. 19:11-20:13)
445 White Drive
Batesville, AR 72501