Faith Baptist is an independent Baptist church governed by its congregation and led by its pastors. In its fifty year history, FBC has had three Senior Pastors; Marc Blackwell, who founded the church in 1969, John McCall, and David Anderson. Both Drs. Blackwell and McCall left Faith Baptist Church to serve as missionaries. Pastor Anderson came to Faith Baptist from Buffalo, NY and has served as Senior Pastor since 1999. He is a graduate of Liberty University with degrees in pastoral theology and family counseling. Pastor Anderson is a vocal supporter of the sanctity of life (preborn and end of life) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Florida Bioethics Network and as a member of the Bioethics Committee of Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Pastor Anderson has had the privilege to give the opening prayer at three different sessions of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Faith Baptist has resided at its current twenty-two acre campus on Fruitville Road since 2005 after moving from its former facility on Bee Ridge Rd. Faith Baptist is a Bible-teaching, missions-minded church, that has contributed more than three million dollars to worldwide evangelism and church planting. As a body of believers its commitment is to worship the Lord, preach the Word, love and serve others, and be salt and light to the community.