We want to LEARN about God and His plan for our lives through the Bible, so we can LOVE others in word and action through God’s love, and LEAD others to know God’s life-changing love.


Meet Pastor Josh Overfors

I was born and raised in the Northwoods of Minnesota to Christian parents and trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior as a child.  Although I chose to run from God for a period of time, my heart could no longer ignore His call.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”   20 years ago, I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ.

After time in the military and working as an electrician in iron mining, I sensed God’s call to ministry and moved my family to Wisconsin for Bible college in 2008.  After completing college, I and my family moved to Iowa to attend Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2015.

My wife Sarah and I have been happily married since 1999 and are blessed with two girls and three boys, ranging in age from 17 to 0.

Besides spending time with my wife and kids, I enjoy fishing, hunting whitetail deer, vegetable gardening, and home improvement.

I am passionate about teaching the Bible verse-by-verse, applying it to daily life, and seeing people grow in a personal relationship with Christ.  I was ordained by Berean Baptist Church of Boone and have served as pastor of First Baptist church since 2015.




Since its founding in 1860, First Baptist Church has been a lighthouse in its community to shine the light of Jesus in Guthrie Center and the surrounding area.

The first church building was completed in 1868, and the current structure was dedicated in 1980.

The main level women’s restrooms were recently completely renovated. In addition, a fully handicap accessible, unisex restroom was added.

For over 160 years. First Baptist has faithfully passed on the message of the Bible — Jesus forgives sinners!


  • We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God. The Bible is completely trustworthy and determines our belief and practice (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
  • We believe that there is one God who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Dt. 6:4; Mt. 28:18-19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
  • We believe in Christ’s Virgin Birth, sinless life, as well as His substitutionary and sacrificial death upon the cross (Mt. 1:21-25; Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 3:18).
  • We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead bodily and ascended to heaven (1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 1:9-11).
  • We believe that God directly created mankind in His own image (Gen. 1:26-27).
    However, since sin entered humanity, all people are estranged from God because of sin (Rom. 3:10, 23; 5:12).
  • We believe that God, in His love and grace, sent Jesus Christ to offer a once-for-all sacrifice for sin.  We believe that God offers salvation as a gift to every person who personally believes in Jesus Christ as Savior (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Heb. 10:11-12; 1 Jn. 2:2).
  • We believe that everyone who truly believes has new spiritual life, is accepted by God, and is eternally secure (Jn. 5:24; 10:28-29).
  • We believe in the existence and personality the holy angels as well as of Satan and his demons (Job. 38:6-7; Ezek. 28:12-15, Matt. 25:31, 41).
  • We believe that all who reject (finally) Christ’s salvation will be separated from God for all eternity in a place of conscious punishment prepared for Satan and his demons (Mt. 25:41; Jn. 3:18, 36).
  • We expect that Jesus Christ will return shortly to take all true believers to heaven (1 Thess. 4:13-18).
  • We believe that God will literally fulfill all His promises to national Israel, including the earthly blessings of a millennial kingdom (Rom. 11:1-29; Rev. 20:4-6).
  • We believe that those who believe should be baptized by immersion in identification with Christ (Mt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:3-4, Acts 8:38-39).
  • We believe that the Lord’s Supper should be observed regularly by believers as a memorial of Christ’s death (1 Cor. 11:23-28).
  • We believe that, since Christians belong to God, their lives should be characterized by holiness and the church must separate from religious apostasy (2 Cor 6:14-7:1, 1 Pet. 1:15-16, 1 Jn 2:15-17, 2 Jn 9-11).