Our History
Ridgecrest Baptist Church began as a mission Sunday school in 1961 at 905 Pine street in Commerce Texas. The founding members loved the experience so much that they stayed and the 1st chapel was built in 1964 at 718 Bishop St. Walter Light would serve as the first minister of Ridgecrest Baptist Church and he would serve from 1964 to 1968 and then again from 1979 to 1984.
Although we came from humble beginnings that did not stop us from growing. In 2018 Ridgecrest Baptist church had grown so much that a new building was built on 711 Culver Street. In this new building we plan to bring the word of Christ to the entire community of Commerce.

What We Believe

The Bible

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

The Trinity

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. These bring the believer into a a relationship of peace and favor with God.
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We are a part of the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention and as such we are aligned with the Baptist Faith and Message of which these three previous statements are a part of. Follow the link to view those statements of faith in their entirety.
We also have a personal church covenant. New members are are introduced to the covenant and after affirming it they are accepted into this body of believers to reach first Commerce and also the rest of the world.
Meet our Staff
Pastor RJ Nanny
Pastor RJ has been faithfully serving Rbc since April 2012. Before that he served on staff at Lake June Baptist Church of Dallas and First Baptist Church of Dallas. RJ married his best friend Beth and they have two daughter’s named Hope and Hannah. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Criswell College. He plans to pursue doctoral work in 2019.
Worship Leader
Ruston Pennington
Ruston leads us in Worship and serves the church in many different roles with the help of his wife Amanda.
Minister Of Education
Ray Deaton
Ray is our director of education and goes above and beyond to be sure that we are reaching this town with the gospel in the best way possible.
Youth Minister
Garon Burgin
Garon is our youth pastor and one of our deacons. He leads 6th through 12th grade in following Christ and making him known with the help of his wife Dayla.
Children’s Minister
Kathy Deaton
Cathy is the director of our children’s ministry and wife of Ray. She has led children from 2 years to 5th grade for several years with passion and excitement like no other.