OUR CHURCH Liberty Baptist Church is an Independent Baptist Church, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Dutchess County, NY. We gather for these main purposes:
Worship We reverently and joyfully express our thanks and seek the Lord's blessing, help, and guidance through prayer, singing, praise, and instruction from God's Word. "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most high." (Psalm 92.1)Fellowship We gather together with other Christians for friendship, mutual encouragement, and spiritual edification. "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2.42).Discipleship We urge others to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work for their eternal salvation. We encourage those who have trusted Christ as their Savior to declare their faith through the act of believer's baptism. As believers, we learn how to be faithful followers of Christ through His Word and example. "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28.18-20)Stewardship We share our abilities and resources to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home and around the world. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." (1 Peter 4.10)
Paul Morrison was the founding pastor of Liberty Baptist Church. He, his wife Julie, and their four children are now serving as missionaries in the African country of Swaziland, now known as eSwatini. Pastor Morrison is a native of the Hudson River Valley, growing up in Stormville, NY. Julie is a native of Grand Forks, ND, where Paul and Julie met in 1995. They were married in October 1999. Brother Morrison served on the staff of Bible Baptist Church there before coming to the Hudson Valley to start a church.
Liberty Baptist Church began meeting at the Estelle and Alphonso Complex on Route 9 in February 2005. In 2009 services were moved to 45 Elm Street in Fishkill, where attendance continued to grow. In late 2015 LBC began meeting in our current location. We appreciate the kindness of Fishkill United Methodist Church for allowing us to use their building.
The Morrison family arrived in the Kingdom of Swaziland in November 2017 to reach that country with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul has felt the Lord's call to reach that country with the gospel of Jesus Christ. A church has been established and outreach continues in other areas of the country. In April 2018 the King renamed Swaziland eSwatini. Liberty Baptist Church continues to support the Morrison family in their work.
Pastor Rick Totten literally followed founding pastor Paul Morrison into the pulpit. After Bro. Morrison's last sermon as pastor on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, Liberty Baptist Church voted to have Bro. Totten succeed him.
Pastor Totten was raised in New York and Connecticut and has pastored in both states. Bro. Totten and his wife Nancy were married in 1975 and have four children and seven grandchildren.