Pastor Arthur Gilmore

Pastor Arthur S. Gilmore was born the fifth son of Robert and Eva Gilmore, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, a

small town on the banks of the Monongahela River. Shortly after his birth his family moved just a few

miles to Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, to be closer to the coal mine that his dad worked in. When Pastor

Gilmore was 12 years old his dad was laid off from the coal mine and subsequently moved the family to

a new community just north of Philadelphia where he found work at the United States Steel’s Fairless

plant. Pastor Gilmore lived in the Levittown-Fairless Hills area for the next 21 years, graduating from

Pennsbury High School and the Bucks County Technical School. He went on to attend Bucks County

Community College where he majored in Accounting for three semesters. While attending college Pastor

Gilmore met his future wife, Christine Crain and they were married on October 6, 1967. He went to work

for the Southland Corporation Seven-Eleven Stores division for the next two years working his way up

from clerk to store manager. After leaving Southland Corporation in 1969, he went to work for National

Can Corporation as a factory laborer. After being there for a year he was able to take a 5000 hour

apprenticeship as a press set- up and service technician, which he completed in a year and one half, and

worked as a journeyman until August 1983. In August 1983, with the Lord’s leadership, Pastor Gilmore

moved his family to Jacksonville, Florida, where he enrolled as a student at Trinity Baptist College. He

completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts program in three years, graduating with highest honors and was

elected to the Who’s Who of American Universities and Colleges. He was elected president of Theta Pi

Rho men’s society for two consecutive years and was the vice president of his graduating class. Upon

graduation in 1986 he went to work for Dr. Bob Gray as a teacher at Trinity Christian Academy. In

October of 1987 he accepted God’s call to pastor Parkdale Baptist Church in Gastonia, North

Carolina. Pastor Gilmore learned much about the ministry at Parkdale Baptist as he gained hands on

experience in a variety of ministries. There he headed up a bus ministry of four bus routes and one van

route, Temple Christian School which used the A-BEKA curriculum in grades k4 – 12, a food room

ministry and a teen ministry. Pastor Gilmore was also responsible for all of the maintenance on the

vehicles, buildings, and grounds. In October of 1992 Pastor Gilmore accepted God’s call to First Baptist

Church of Easton, Pennsylvania. He would find this to be a very unique and difficult situation as the

former pastor of 17 years had been shot and killed in a random act of violence. The church attendance

was about 45 on Sunday morning. The bus ministry had been shut down and the Christian School had

been closed. Since his coming the Lord has blessed the ministry mightily. The Sunday morning

attendance has more than doubled, there is a bus running every Sunday, a teen ministry has been

established, the Christian school has been reopened, and the building has been more than doubled in

size with the addition of a 200+ seat auditorium, fellowship hall, nursery, kitchen and bathrooms. The

church has ministries to two nursing homes, a and a homeless shelter. God has truly blessed his

faithfulness and steadfast desire to serve Him. Pastor Gilmore has continued his education by earning a

Master’s degree from Trinity Baptist College and is currently working to earn his doctor’s degree from

Andersonville Theological Seminary

When Pastor Gilmore first met his wife he was a Roman Catholic. Chris, however, was a born again

Christian and attended church and Sunday School every week. He began to attend church with her and

made a profession of faith shortly thereafter and was baptized by immersion. For the next few years he

feigned to be saved but on February 22, 1974 he acknowledged his lost condition and accepted Jesus

Christ as His personal Saviour. He and Chris joined Faith Baptist Church in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania and

spent the next nine years under the ministry of Dr. Paul Fedena and serving in a variety of

capacities. God has blessed the Gilmores with three children and seven grandchildren, and two

greatgrandchildren. Their oldest son, Arthur, is married to the former Tricia Beamer and they have two

sons, Kurt, who is fifteen years old and Bret who is nine.. Art graduated from Bob Jones University, is

currently employed as a computer programmer, and lives with his family in Chesapeake, Virginia. The

Gilmore’s daughter, Angela, is married to Douglas Sass, and they reside in Jacksonville, Florida. They

have three children, Autumn, Amber, and Andrew and two grandchildren, Kyson and Keller. Doug works

on staff at Trinity Baptist Church and both he and Angela are very active in the ministry there. Angela

has trained to be a court stenographer and stays very busy in that field. John William is the youngest son

of the Gilmores. He is married to the former Sandy Ray and they have two children, Kaitlyn and Billy. Bill

graduated from Trinity Baptist College with a Master’s degree and from Andersonville Theological

Seminary with a doctor’s degree. He has served as a pastor and as an assistant pastor and is currently

seeking God’s direction for his next ministry.

Pastor Gilmore’s vision for First Baptist Church is first and foremost, that it would continue to be a great

lighthouse for the gospel in the Lehigh Valley rescuing the perishing in this area. Beyond that, he desires

to see First Baptist Church remain one that stands firm on Bible doctrines, standards and separation.

Pastor Gilmore does not subscribe to the contemporary movement found in many churches today but

rather holds with the traditional teachings and practices of the old time Bible believing churches. His

desire is to build a church that is strong in doctrine and convictions according to Scriptural truth and to

help people have a closer walk with God.