Relationship as defined in the Dictionary is “A particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other”
At Rio Grande Baptist Church our desire is not only for each one of us to have a relationship with one another, but also to have a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. So many times people simply go through the motions of Christianity and never seem to develop that close relationship with God. Our desire is to teach each person to build that close intimate relationship so that they can have a thriving and vibrant Christianity.
What God has formed here at Rio Grande Baptist is a place where people can come and seek refuge from what they may have been through in life and grow into where and what the Lord wants them to be.
We have a saying that we try to keep in front of us. “A City Of Refuge And A Door Of Hope”. A city of refuge is a safe place where people can come and figure it out while the healing and growing process is taking place. A door of hope is simply proclaiming hope not only to those that are lost in sin, but also to those that are broken from life’s choices and desire a change.
Here at Rio Grande Baptist Church we are certainly not perfect and we don’t expect you to be perfect. Our goal and desire is to simply build relationships with one another while drawing closer to our Lord. Christianity at times gets a little messy and in order to work through those messy times you need a place you can call home we hope that our Church is that place for you.
Nu 35:12 And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger….
Ho 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there….
About Our Pastor
Pastor Black was born and raised in Montana. After living in Helena for many years, he moved to Dillon Montana to attend college there. It was at this time he met his future wife to be Amy, and it was also when he first heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In October of 1987, Pastor Black entered a Baptist church for the first time in his life. His only reason for going to church was to impress Amy’s parents and to show them how spiritual he was. Three services later he accepted Christ as his Saviour and hasn’t looked back.
He tells it like this:
“I went to church to impress my soon to be wife’s parents. My motives were strictly selfish and dishonest. The first service I went to, I knew that I had found the place that had the answers I had been looking for, for so long, so much so, that I went back the next Sunday.
That second Sunday was completely different then the first Sunday I went. I hated it. I left the service mad. Mad at the Preacher, mad at the church, mad at the people in the church. I was mad at everything. It was that week that I had been planning on taking my own life. It was a miserable week for me. Everything was just out of sorts and I couldn’t figure out why. Later on I discovered that I was under heavy conviction.
Rather than take my life that week, I decided to try church out one more time. It was that service that I walked into, where my life completely changed. The Preacher was preaching out of Revelation 20:11. He kept talking about the heavens fleeing away and the only thing holding me up and keeping me from dropping into the lake of fire was God. It was like one of those old scary movies. Everything slowed down. I started to sweat. My heart felt like it was going to come out of my chest. I couldn’t think right, I couldn’t breathe. I knew I was in trouble. I knew that if I faced God, that I would drop.
It was about three quarters of the way through the service, I bowed me head while sitting in the pew, and the best way I knew how, I asked the Lord to save my soul. I didn’t know the ins and outs of Christianity. I didn’t know all the right words to say, but one thing I did know, was that I was deserving of Hell, and I knew I was going there, but I also knew that I didn’t have to. Jesus Christ paid a debt I could not pay. He took my place. It was October of 1987 that I asked the Lord to save my soul. And he did!!
When I prayed, the lights didn’t dim. The curtains didn’t go up and down, but there was a change. That night for the first time in years I laid my head on my pillow in peace and slept like a little baby. I finally had found what I so long had been looking for!”
Shortly after Pastor Black got saved, his soon to be wife Amy got saved in a restaurant bathroom there in Dillon. They both hit the ground running, and have been happily serving the Lord together for over 30 years.
Pastor Black was trained in a local Bible Institute at his church. Because of that teaching and training he received there, he has had a burden and has seen a definite need for churches everywhere to have local New Testament institutes for the men and ladies of the church. He has tried to follow this verse. 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
He has taught the Bible for many years. Starting local Bible institutes and training men to enter the ministry. His passion, his love and his desire (other than his wife Amy) is to Pastor, to Preach and to Teach. He has said many times, that the greatest part of his job is to watch the light come on while he is preaching and know that someone listening to the message just got something.
If you ask him to sign your Bible, Pastor Black will probably sign his favorite scripture. 2 Samuel 22:2-4, 36 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies......Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.