Welcome to our website!

Thank you for visiting our website. We are an independent, Bible-believing Baptist Church located in Massillon, Ohio. We are a friendly church with programs for the whole family. Please feel free to browse through the information on this site, it should answer most of your questions about us and our ministries.

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Sunday School


Our nursery is staffed by a group of well-trained, caring ladies under the direction of Mrs. Andrea Sharpeta. Our nursery is for children ages 0-2.

Beginners Program

Mrs. Debbie Kovein heads up our beginner department. Children from age 30 months to 4 years will enjoy the age appropriate lessons and songs that are used to teach them great truths that will last them a lifetime.

Primary Department

Our class for 5-7 year olds is titled our Primary Department. This age group is taught by Mr. and Mrs. Atlee Weaver. Your children will enjoy learning about God and His Word as their instruction is taken to the next level.

JR. Department

Our Junior Department is guided by Mr. and Mrs. James Wright. These wonderful instructors build further on the beginning, foundational principles instilled in the children from the previous classes and prepare them for further education in the Teen Class to follow. This excellent class is for children ages 8-11.

Teen Department

Our teen department is led by Mr. & Mrs. Dan Hershberger. This couple has years of experience working with the teens, and do a great job. Not only does this class ( for young men and women aged 12-18) meet each Sunday during the Sunday School hour, but also on Wednesday nights concurrent with the adult prayer meeting during the school year.

College and Career Class

We are also pleased to offer a class for young singles aged 18-28. This class, the College and Career Department, is taught by Mr. and Mrs. Rocco Yeargin. Not only does this class meet on Sundays during the Sunday School hour, but also provide times of additional fellowship outside of church by way of regular activities.


Pastor Mark Jacobs

Dr. Mark Jacobs is married to his wife Lois and they have one grown daughter, Andrea. Dr. Jacobs holds a Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Ministry, Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. 

Associate Pastor Shane Rice

Bro. Shane Rice has served as a Missionary for 20 years both to the fields of Peru and Italy. This year the Lord allowed him and his family to come on staff and be our Associate Pastor. Bro. Shane Rice holds a Bachelor of Divinity. He and his wife Kathy have six children: Rachel, Rebekah, Micah, Moriah, Charity, and Christina. 

Assistant Pastor Danny Grine

Bro. Grine holds a Bachelor of Religious Education, Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Ministry Degrees. He married his wife Renee in 1995. They have two children, Danielle and David.

How to get to Heaven

It’s as easy as A-B-C!

The ABC’s are easy for a child to even learn, but did you know that going to Heaven is also as easy as ABC?

God shows us how in His Word!

Admit you are a sinner.

We all like to be thought of in a good way in this life. Whether at home, work or school, it is our desire to be loved and accepted for the things we do. So it is an easy thing to admit when we have done something good or right, isn’t it? Questions such as, Who planned this great event?, or Who did such a good job?, are easy to answer with, I did! Unfortunately, not all we have done in our lifetime has been good. As humans, each of us have at one time or another failed to do what is right. We all have said things, done things or thought things which have not been right, but it is not our nature to admit to wrong things. It is not easy to admit, I have done wrong. However, God knows each one of us as no one else does. He not only knows our wrong-doings, but He even knows every thought and motive of our heart. Whether big or small, God calls these wrong things sin. We may not like it, but if we are honest with God and ourselves, we know and will admit that we are sinners.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  (1 John 1:8)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  (Romans 3: 23)

If we look further into the Bible, we read that God will bring a judgment upon us because of our sin. God says that this judgment will not only be physical death, but a spiritual death of eternity in Hell. This again goes against our thoughts, but we must believe the Bible rather than our own opinion.

For the wages of sin is death;  (Romans 6:23a)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  (1 Corinthians 6:9a)

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Revelation 20:14)

You may ask, If I have sinned and the penalty for sin is death in Hell, then what hope is there for me? Well, there is good news in spite of our sin!

Believe that Christ died for you.

God’s good news is that Jesus loves you and died for you!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)

Jesus was God’s only Son and equal with God for He is God. Yet, He loved us in spite of our sin. He came to this earth some 2,000 years ago with a mission that mission was death. He died for us to pay for our sin. Then He was buried, and three days later rose again as a living Saviour!

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)

You see, although the payment for sin is death, we can find out from the Bible that Jesus paid that death for us! He shed His blood upon the cross of Calvary for your sin and mine because He loved us that much Jesus took our death upon Himself that we might have life! Although Christ has died for us, we must truly believe for it to mean anything to us. Do you believe that Jesus loved you so much that He died for you?

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in  thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

Confess Christ as your Saviour.

Although you may admit that you are a sinner and believe that Jesus Christ died for your sin, there must yet be one final step to be saved. That is to confess Him as your Saviour, and to desire for God to change you from a life of sin unto a life of trust and dependence upon Him. This is repentance.

God . . . commandeth all men . . . to repent: (Acts 17:30)

The Lord is not . . .  willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

There is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ if you will only trust Him and accept His love for you.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (John 14:6)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

Will you pray and ask God to save you right now?

Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and deserve to spend eternity in Hell. I believe that you sent your Son to die for my sins. I repent of sin and want you to change me. Lord, forgive me, cleanse me and save me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, then God knows.  You have God’s promise of eternal life in Heaven.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  (1 John 5:11-12)

Please contact us, and let us know about your decision to trust Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.

Private: What we believe


Anchor Baptist Church is a local independent baptist church. That was started in 2000 by Pastor Mark Jacobs.

What We Believe

1.The Scripture – We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament only, to be the verbal-plenary Word of God. We believe the King James Bible is the preserved and inspired Word of God for the English speaking people. And it is the sole authority on matters of faith and practice. (Psalm 12:6; 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
2. Godhead – We believe in one God who exists eternally in three persons; Father, Son, Holy Spirit. They are equal in every divine perfection and are executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Matthew 28:19 1 John 5:7 John 16:7)
3. Jesus Christ – We believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, begotten by the Holy Spirit; that He is fully God and fully Man. His blood paid for our sins, willingly He laid down His life as a ransom for our sins, three days later arose from the grave and is now in Heaven making intercession for us, and is coming again to receive His own. (Matthew 1:18-21; John 1:1-2; Acts 1:8-10)
4. Salvation – We believe “that all have sinned and come short of the Gory of God.”
Therefore “the wages of sin is death, but the gift f God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our LORD.” Salvation is “by grace through faith that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, lest any man should boast”And we believe that salvation is eternal and that you cannot lose your salvation. (Romans 3:23, 5:12, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9)
5. The Church – We believe the New Testament Church is a local organized assembly of immersed believers actively engaged in carrying out the Great Commission and observing the two ordinances; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 16:18-19, 28:19-20; Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
6. Baptism – We believe that baptism is one of the two ordinances committed by the local Church, that immersion is the only scriptural method, and Salvation it’s only Prerequisite. It is a step of obedience and a symbol that publicly identifies the believer with Christ. ( Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:41, 8:36-38)