Senior Pastor – Wally Contreras

Pastor Wally and his wife Belinda joined First Baptist Church of Gahanna in 2011 when he was assigned as the Commander of the Columbus Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). In 2014, Pastor Wally retired from active duty service as an Air Force Officer and was led into the private sector where he managed various teams.  It was also at this time that he accepted his first ministry call as the volunteer Associate Pastor for FBC Gahanna.  In Jan of 2020 he left his position as Vice President for Morgan Stanley’s Columbus TechConnect office and accepted the call to become the Senior Pastor for FBC Gahanna.  Pastor Wally earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Webster University, and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Wally and Belinda have been married since 1997 and have three children: Christian, Brennan, & Ilaria


Elders as prescribed by the Scriptures (Titus 1:5) play an important part in the life of the church by devoting themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.  They provide leadership and oversight through the teaching of the Scriptures and a faithful witness to the Gospel.


Deacons are servant-leaders, first established in Jerusalem to help meet the needs of the church. (Acts 6:1-7)  Our deacons help over see mercy ministries and other functions in the church.