- 2018-

Reach Dawson


Join us at 900 Hwy 9 N, Dawsonville, GA 30534 and follow us on Facebook!

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People are our priority at First Baptist Church Dawsonville, GA. We are eager to meet you and share the love with which Christ has blessed us. You will experience a warm fellowship, tremendous music, challenging ministries and a life changing message each and every Sunday. You will find that God has prepared a very special place just for you in this fellowship of believers. Our theme for this year is "Reach Dawson." Please feel free to browse through our website for information on our wonderful church, our staff, and ministry opportunities. If you're new to the area, we hope you find our Community Page helpful. Click here for links to Dawson County area attractions and information. 

Our beautiful campus is adjacent to Lake Lanier and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains.  We have a full staff led by our senior pastor, Dr. Jim Gaines. First Baptist Church is committed to reaching people for Jesus Christ and developing believers by helping them to discover their ministry gifts while developing a community of loving, supportive people. We are committed to Personal Evangelism as well as Foreign, Local and Social Ministries.  We are a Southern Baptist Church with strong ties to the Georgia Baptist Convention as well as the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Weekly Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Youth and Children’s activities will follow the school calendar. Please check the YEARLY CALENDAR on our website for beginning and ending dates. Thank you! 




Coffee in the Narthex 9:30
Bible Study for All Age Groups 9:45 - 10:45

Elevate Student Ministry (6th-12th) 9:45 - 10:45
Elevate Kids Worship (1st-5th) 10:45 - 12:00

Celebration Worship Service (Blended Music): 11:00 - 12:00 noon

Sunday Night Activities

Adult Bible Study and Prayer 6:00 P.M.
Quarterly Church Conference: held January 9th, April 18th, July 11th, October 10th


Men’s Breakfast Fellowship: 7:30 A.M. at Papa's Place
Visitation: Tuesday Evenings 6:00 P.M. 


(Follows Dawson Co. School Calendar)

6:00 - 7:45 AWANA (does not meet during the summer)
6:15 - 7:15 Adult Prayer and Bible Study (does not meet during the summer)
6:00 - 8:00 Elevate Ministries for Youth (does not meet during the summer)
6:15 - 8:00 Choir Practice

Thursday (First Thursday of EACH Month) 

11:00 A.M Joy Club 


Worship in the beautiful North Georgia mountains


Pastor Jim Gaines Retirement Announcement


The First Baptist Church of Dawsonville announces the retirement of their beloved senior pastor, Dr. Jim Gaines. Dr. Gaines has served as the church senior pastor for the past 20 years.  During this time, he has helped to lead the church through the construction of a new facility, tremendous growth in membership, worldwide missionary efforts, and community outreach programs.  His pastorate of 20 years is the longest service of any pastor in the church’s history.

Dr. Gaines is a native of Huntsville, Alabama; however his calling has led him to serve as pastor in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and as a leader at the Georgia Baptist Convention.  Dr. Gaines has taught graduate and post-graduate courses at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Emory University, Vanderbilt University, and Mercer University.  He is well published and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops across the nation.

Dr. Gaines’ educational background includes a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alabama, a B.A. in Psychology from Athens University, an M.D. in Philosophy & Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy & Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He completed additional post-doctoral studies at Vanderbilt, Emory and Mercer Universities and also at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He is a certified Marriage and Family Therapist, served as the pastoral Counselor for several Southern Baptist State Conventions, and is also a certified Chaplain for several hospitals and institutions of higher education.  He has received numerous awards from peer journals and publications for his writing.

Dr. Gaines is married to Debbie Gaines, who is recently retired from a long career in ministry as well with the Georgia Baptist Convention. They have three adult children. Daughter Emily and her husband, Mark, live in Atlanta with their two children Riley and Ali.  Son Chris, and his wife, Jessica, lives in Dawsonville with their three children Carson, Ryan, and Tyler.  Youngest daughter, Jenny, and her husband B.J., live in Greenville, S.C. with their two children Sydney and J.D.  In his free time, Dr. Gaines enjoys reading, fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

When asked about how he feels about retiring from full time ministry, Dr. Gaines reflectively shared, “The mediocre preacher tells.  The good preacher explains.  The superior preacher demonstrates.  The great preachers inspire.  It is my hope and prayer that for the last fifty years I have inspired the people whom God has placed in my care to excel in their commitment and devotion to our Lord realizing that we all have feet of clay.”  Certainly he has been an inspiration to First Baptist Dawsonville.  We love him, will miss him, and wish him well in this new life chapter.  The community is invited to attend a special service at the church in his honor, Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. with lunch following immediately in the fellowship hall.