Staff & leadership
Dan Hicks, Pastor
Pastor Dan Hicks began serving the Lord as the assistant pastor at our church in the Fall of 1980. The church asked him to become the pastor after Rev. Dr. Gilbert Watt retired in 2007. Pastor Dan graduated from Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, Florida in 1978 with a B.A. in “Biblical Literature.” He received a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) in 1982 from Baptist Bible School of Theology, now Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. His wife, Laurie, graduated from Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania in 1981 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She serves as Pastor Dan’s administrative assistant, one of our church pianists, and much more. Pastor Dan and Laurie are blessed with three children, a daughter-in-law, a son-in-law, and four grandsons.
Pastor Troy Prater is a 2017 graduate of Maranatha Baptist University, Watertown, Wisconsin. He serves as the Assistant Pastor in the ministries of outreach, discipleship, youth and young adults. He met his lovely wife, Bella in China when he was teaching English there. They have three children.
Dr. Gilbert Watt served as the senior pastor of our church for forty years. His wife, Betty, served with him as the church secretary, an Awana leader and more. They retired on April 29, 2007. During his ministry as the church, Pastor Watt baptized over 320 believers. Twenty-three church members went on to serve the Lord in full-time ministry. He also oversaw a major building project to enlarge the facilities with a larger auditorium and more classroom space. During his ministry, the church also purchased two additional properties. He graduated from Shelton College, Ringwood, New Jersey, with a B.A. in “Hebrew & Hellenistics” in 1956. He received his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Faith Theological Seminary, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania in 1959. He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Nepperhan Avenue Baptist Church, Yonkers, New York, in 1962. Before coming to Ogden, he served as the pastor of Bible Baptist Fellowship, Hazlet, New Jersey, and Calvary Baptist Church, Waterbury, Connecticut. Pastor Watt was called to First Baptist Church of Ogden on December 14, 1966. He preached his first Sunday sermon as pastor of our church on February 12, 1967. He received his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana, in August 1993. He was honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Regular Baptist Churches on September 22, 1998 with the “Faithful Servant Award.” He served as the Secretary on the PARBC Council of Ten for five years. The Watts have three children who serve the Lord in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. Pastor and Mrs. Watt live in Ogden and continue to be a blessing to our church family.