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Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith

Welcome to Panama First Baptist Church! We are dedicated to serving our community and cultivating a strong spiritual foundation. With our diverse congregation, we provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals of all backgrounds. Our talented team of ministers and staff are committed to helping you grow in faith, offering inspiring worship services, engaging Bible studies, and impactful community outreach programs. Join us as we journey together towards a deeper understanding of God’s love and purpose for our lives. We invite you to explore our website and discover the numerous opportunities for spiritual growth and meaningful connections.

Church History

There is not a great deal of the history of the church preserved, inasmuch as the records were inadvertently destroyed several years ago.The following narrative is printed here as told by Mrs. Willie Young, to her daughter, Mrs. Billie Jeans Groves, in December,1974.

“The First Baptist Church was organized in 1922. At that time, the Church met in a tin building that someone had built to use for a blacksmith shop on Main street located next to where P.I. Kiger’s drug store operated.

My mother told me that my Grandfather, Mr. John S. Williams, stood up one night at Prayer Meeting and said, “We’ve talked
enough about building a church home, let’s get one built!”

One evening in the summer as we were driving toward Victor’s landing on Wister Lake, Mother said the route looked strangely familiar. She recalled that around 1924, she and my Dad had driven out that way in his Model T Ford toa sawmill where they brought the oak underpinning for the Church building.

Mrs. Minnie Massey, who was the pianist for the Church for many years, donated the building lots, and in 1924 the present auditorium and the concrete floored section behind it, referred to as the basement at that time, were completed. This back section was used as a kitchen and the women of the church did the janitor work.

Reverend Lon Easton helped organize the Church and was the first pastor. The first deacons were Plato Jagers, George Ferguson and John S. Williams. Reverend Lon Easton served the Church for several years, and upon his leaving, and upon his leaving, Reverend John Bassinger assumed the pastorate. The church had begun to grow.

The next Pastor was Reverend L.A. Robinson, dearly loved and remembered by many of us. His trusty Ford never failed to honk at our house on Wednesday Nights and we often rode to Prayer Meeting with him. Though his Christian leadership, many of us were converted. He was here during the Depression Days and had various ways and means of getting his members to contribute to the Church. His most endearing term for us was ‘a bunch of peckerwoods’ and we knew that we had better get down to business!

The Church was grateful to Bro. George Ollie who finished the pastor a house rent free to live in.

Of course, it was impossible for Mother to remember all of the names of the members in the beginning years of the Church, but those names which seem to stand out in her mind as most faithful ( and we print them here as she gave them were Mr. & Mrs. George Ollie, Mrs. Ethel Freeman, Mr. & Mrs. Watt Phillips, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Whiteaker  (Brother Ed will always be remember in his faithful dedicated service as Sunday School Superintendent and Deacon) Mr. & Mrs. Harold Findley, Lindsey Barnes as song leader, and Mr. & Mrs. Massey ” These and countless others dedicated Christians gave unselfishly of their time, energy and money to make the First Baptist Church of Panama a beacon light and landmark in the community, and for those 77 years has upheld and supported the teaching of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May this Church ever be found faithful in that cause is a continued prayer.”

In Memory of Billie Jean Groves. Revised 1999

Our Beliefs & Values

Welcome to Panama First Baptist Church! We are a community committed to spreading the teachings of Christ and fostering a loving environment for all. Our dedicated pastor and team work tirelessly to create meaningful worship experiences and provide opportunities for spiritual growth. Join us in our uplifting services, engaging Bible studies, and vibrant ministries catered to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you are seeking guidance, seeking solace, or simply seeking a new church home, we invite you to find your place at Panama First Baptist Church, where love and faith intersect.


“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:28


Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 3:17


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13


“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23



“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:8-10

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! “

– Psalm 46:10

Who We Are

Our Leadership

Panama First Baptist Church leadership is dedicated to serving others in alignment with Christ’s interests, enabling them to recognize and fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Our leaders possess qualities that inspire and provide moral support to the congregation, volunteers, and the wider community.

Our Pastor: Dale Lowrimore

Our Pastor: Dale Lowrimore


Dale Lowrimore is currently the Pastor at Panama First Baptist Church. Located in a small and wonderful community in southeastern Oklahoma. I have been the Pastor for 5 years, was raised in Panama, Oklahoma my whole life. I have been married to my wife Melissa for 35 great years. Together we have 2 amazing children Jessie and her husband Kolter Borden and Jason and his wife Melissa Lowrimore. We are blessed with 6 grandchildren.

Paul Parris

Paul Parris

Music Director & Praise Team Director

Jessie Borden

Jessie Borden

Children Director & Asst. Treasurer

Kolter Borden

Kolter Borden

Youth Director

Sheryl Morgan

Sheryl Morgan

Church Clerk

Jacolyn Martinez

Jacolyn Martinez

Nursery Asst.

Hanna Woodral

Hanna Woodral

Asst. Church Clerk & Teacher

Rhonda Thompson

Rhonda Thompson

Women's Director & Church Custodian

Tyler Seaton

Tyler Seaton


Pam McMillen

Pam McMillen


Melissa Lowrimore

Melissa Lowrimore

Pre- School Director

Hayli Fox

Hayli Fox


Terry Yarberry

Terry Yarberry

Church Historian


Frequently Asked Questions

What do you offer for children on Sunday morning?

Children are a special part of our congregation and community we value them as full participants in the life of our church. Sunday School classes for children (preschool through the 12th grade) begin at 9:30 a.m. They learn to prepare themselves and quiet their minds in order to enter into worship and relationship with God, they learn how to talk with God and they learn stories from the Bible in a way that they can understand.

Do I have to belong to your denomination to attend?

Not at all! In fact, many in our congregation come from a church background other than the Baptist Church . We have many former Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians and Methodists. We are a “patchwork” church – people with different church backgrounds “woven together” by God’s grace. And one goal to server God.

What kind of things do you do in your worship service?

We strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere at Panama First Baptist Church. We greet each other so everyone feels welcomed; we share announcements and church news; we sing and listen to our  beautiful music; we share the congregation’s joys and concerns and lift them to God in prayer; we read the Bible and talk about it through the sermon.

Who goes to your church?

We have quite a mixture of people at Panama First Baptist Church. Our congregation truly spans the ages, from newborns to folks in their 80s. You’ll find just about every type of person here – married, single, divorced, widowed – professionals, workers, retired – life-long Local area residents and those who have just recently moved to the Panama area. But even more important than the kind of people who go here is the kind of people who are welcome here – everyone!

Do you have to dress up to attend your worship service?

No!  Dressing up is not a requirement to worship with us at Panama First Baptist Church. Some do wear their “Sunday best” but you’re also likely to see someone in slacks and a casual wear, or even jeans , biboveralls. We believe the most important part about attending church is showing up, ready to worship God.

With whom do I talk if I want to know more?

We would love to answers any questions that you may have about Panama First Baptist Church. If you didn’t find what you were looking for on our website, please email or call us any time.

Prayer List

If you or a loved one would like to be added to our prayer list, please contact us please fill out the form below. Let our church family pray with you today.  Unity is power with prayer.

Prayer List

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