pastor and bridgetPastor Widdis was saved at the young age of four. He was a bus kid at Vandyke Baptist Church in Warren, Michigan. Because of that faithful church and her workers not only was he saved but his mother was brought back to her walk with the Lord and his siblings and father trusted Christ as well.

After High School he entered military service and spent the next nine years in the US Navy in the Nuclear Power program, serving on three ships and attaining the rank of Machinist Mate first class, and qualified as a Leading Engineering Laboratory Technician.

While serving his country he met and married Bridget Brady from his home town while home on leave before his first sea-born duty the USS South Carolina CGN-37.  The Lord has blessed them with two daughters, Amanda and Gwendolynn. While serving aboard the USS Orion AS-18, He finally and fully surrendered to the Lord’s call upon his life. After three more years of service and completion of the Liberty Home Bible Institute they moved to Great Falls, MT to enroll in Mountain States Baptist College to finish preparation for the Gospel ministry.

Since graduation from college in 1992, Pastor Widdis has served churches in Illinois and Montana. He became the pastor of First Baptist in January of 2002. This church was organized by Dr. Arthur Allen in the early 50’s, who was one of Pastor Widdis’ instructors his first semester at Mountain States. He has continued his education completing a Master of Ministry and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. In 2004 he was honored with a Doctor of Divinity from Mountain States Baptist College. He has written several items used for outreach in the ministry including a discipleship book, Sunday School curriculum and a week day Bible club for Children Anchor Clubs for Boys and Girls.

In addition to the ministry at First Baptist , Pastor Widdis is also active in the ministry of Castle Rock Baptist Camp, currently serving as the Camp Director and Vice President of the camping association. He also is the Vice President of the Inter-Mountain Baptist Fellowship and the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches.

Pastor and Bridget are greatly blessed in serving the Lord with the wonderful people of First Baptist. They rejoice in a family serving the Lord: Amanda and her husband faithful and active with their two children in First Baptist, and Gwendolynn and her husband and son in the youth ministry in New Mexico.