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A Conference for Northern California Churches

Al Marks

Lead Pastor

First Baptist Church Vallejo

Vallejo, Ca


Al Marks is the Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church Vallejo. After a ten year career in mental health, Rev. Marks answered God’s call to full-time Christian ministry. He graduated from Denver Seminary, pastoring a new church plant while studying there. He and his wife Ellen served as the National Pastoral Couple for Baptist Expression of Marriage Encounter for nearly ten years. After serving churches in Denver and Atlanta, Pastor Marks came to FBCV where he has served since 1992.

2016 Workshop

Evangelism & Outreach: Small Church - Big Impact


First Baptist Church Vallejo is a relatively small church with just over 100 members, but a church that makes a big difference in its community. Fifteen years ago the pastor and a few concerned members launched the Sparrow Project, a non-profit outreach of the church to the community. What started as a one day a week meal has grown to be a thriving soup kitchen with lunches Monday through Thursday, a Sunday evening community meal, and a Saturday morning barbecue (that is at 3:00am on Saturday mornings). Last year the Sparrow Project served 63,000 meals to the homeless and needy. It is working to fulfill its vision of “No one hungry in Vallejo.” In addition, First Baptist works closely with the local elementary school. It provides a Uniform Closet for poorer families, regularly offers supplies to teachers, hosts monthly staff support luncheons, and prays with the staff every week. This past year the church helped the fifth grade class go to camp for the first time.

With Vallejo identified as the most culturally diverse city in America, First Baptist is also home to thriving Spanish and Chinese congregations in addition to its English services.

Your church can have a huge impact in your community. Hear how one church discovered the need, created a solution, mustered the resources, and kept it going. Learn how your church can do it, too.

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