First Southern Baptist Church of Westminster www.fsbcwestminster.org (FSBCW) pastor Dan Dellinger doesn’t have a bumper sticker on his car touting him as a Colorado native. But he could if he wanted. He was born in Denver and spent most of his childhood in the West Denver area.
Dellinger, a 1975 graduate of West High School, when asked who the biggest influences were in his becoming a Christian explained:
My father, Al Dellinger, worked for Gates Rubber Company before retiring after 32 years. He and my mother Laura, were faithful in their Christian walk and church attendance and are responsible for my, along with my brothers Greg and Loren, involvement in church at an early age.
Our family attended Berean Baptist Church in my younger years. Berean is the church where the current Set Free Ministries is located in our city. Through the teaching and witnessing efforts of a woman named Mrs. Cruz, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior during Vacation Bible School there.
I received the call to ministry while attending Colorado Bible Church, under Pastor Ralph Arnold. Form the time I dedicated my life to the Lord, my focus changed from Forestry at Colorado State University, to Pastoral Ministry at Florida Bible College in Hollywood, Florida.
After college, Dellinger served as Pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist outside Richmond, Missouri, First Baptist of Osceola, Missouri and New Salem Baptist of Independence, Missouri. But throughout his years in Missouri, Dellinger recalls,
It was always my desire for the duration of my ministry in Missouri, to come back to my home state of Colorado to pastor God’s people here. In 1998 I got the opportunity to become pastor of First Southern Baptist of Westminster.
FSBCW began as a Mission of First Southern Baptist of Thornton in September 1955. The early work was supported by Southern Baptist Churches in the Texas towns of Panhandle, Broom and Claude.
In November 1955, the Mission was constituted as First Southern Baptist Church of Westminster with Howard McClure serving as pastor. A residence at 78th Avenue and Raleigh Street was converted into a church meeting place until the fall of 1957 when a new church building was completed at that site.
In November 1980, the current property and building at West 80thAvenue and Lowell Boulevard was purchased. God has called several FSBCW members to become pastors, missionaries, church music directors or to share on foreign or home mission fields.
Dellinger explains some of the ministries FSBCW offers the Denver community as follows:
We have ministered to our police department through taking them a Thanksgiving meal for the past 13 years that I have been here. We have had great youth pastors in our past. We currently have a ministry to unwed mothers through ladies who make baby blankets. We have Love Connection, a crisis ministry that ministers to the broken hearted of our community. Betty Beall from our congregation keeps this ministry going by visiting various organizations in our community. We have also participated in various impact activities and events through the years like the Adams City Cold Weather Initiative. Most recently, we participated in the Billy Graham Evangelical Associations Rock the Range event at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in August.
Besides our WMU ladies who fervently pray for our missionaries, we have taken mission trips to Alamosa, Nova Polotsk, Belarus, Nyeri, Kenya, Moose Jaw, Canada and Durango.
Like many churches today, the congregation of FSBCW is closer to middle age and older. Just as other churches have done, FSBCW struggles with advances in technology and styles of worship music (traditional versus contemporary). The younger congregations in our nation and around the world tend to prefer contemporary Christian music to the older hymns. Dellinger and I shared a laugh about the universal 7-11 reference to contemporary Christian music – seven versus repeated eleven times.
Dan Dellinger’s vision for FSBCW is to recapture a vision for children and youth in the area. Another of Dellinger’s desires is to mentor as many young pastors as the Lord gives him.
Dellinger and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 30 years this past August. They have two daughters, Rebecca age 27 and Rachael age 24. Dan’s cousin, Tom Dellinger, is the sound technician at Riverside Baptist in Denver.
I had to opportunity to serve with Dan Dellinger during Rock the Range. He supervised the many volunteers on the Co-Labor team that worked into the night after each event the last weekend in August. My wife Nina and I served as co-captains of the statistics team and worked directly under him.
The passion Dan Dellinger has for the lost in our city was very evident throughout that weekend. He couldn’t hide it. He wears it on his sleeve.
Anyone who sits with Dellinger for any length of time will quickly see his passion for spreading the Gospel. In fact, you won’t have to wait long, he’ll tell you right away.
Dellinger’s direction for First Southern Baptist Church of Westminster www.fsbcwestminster.org is on solid ground. If the congregation continues to support him as the right man God called to do the job at FSBCW, the community will continue to be blessed and many more souls will be added to the Kingdom through this ministry.
First Southern Baptist Church of Westminster
7990 Lowell Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80030
Web Page: www.fsbcwestminster.org
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm (M-T) Closed (Fri)
Opportunities for Worship
8:45am – Sunday School/Bible Study
10:00am – Morning Worship
5:00pm – Awana
5:00pm – Men/Women Discipleship
6:30pm – Youth (ARM)
7:00pm – Adult Prayer