Pastor John and Linda Wilkerson were married in the summer of 1989, and God has blessed them with nine children: Tyler (now in Heaven), Derrick, Preston, Lydia, Drew, Coleman, Judson, Mason, and Lacey. Pastor Wilkerson grew up in Tennessee and was saved as a child. Linda (Francis) grew up in Massachusetts and was also saved as a child. Pastor Wilkerson and Linda met at Hyles-Anderson College. Pastor Wilkerson graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1989, and Linda graduated in 1990. After graduation Pastor Wilkerson taught at our City Baptist School for one year, before moving to California to teach high school at the First Baptist Church of Long Beach. In 1993 he assumed the position of principal of Calvary Christian School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, until returning to California to become the 18th pastor of the First Baptist Church of Long Beach in June of 2000. Church services in English, Korean, and Spanish are conducted there every week. The Sunday school program grew in attendance from 849 to over 1,700 in the 12 years that he was pastor. In August of 2008, the Wilkersons lost their 17-year-old son Tyler as the result of a car accident. The following Sunday, Pastor Wilkerson preached a sermon entitled “God Makes No Mistakes.” God has used their testimony to help many hurting families. In February of 2013 Pastor Wilkerson became the pastor of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana.
Location and Contact Info
First Baptist Church
473 Sibley Street
Hammond, IN 46320
The conference had so many special times with so many special people. We are thankful for the music, the new coffee shop, the hostesses that worked tirelessly the entire conference. Mrs. Wilkerson challenged us with her thoughts on F.I.R.S.T and then to make and keep our promise to "Do Right, Every Day, On Purpose." A special congratulations to Miss Pam Hibbard being awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Hyles-Anderson College. She is a great example of a lady who for decades has made a difference in thousands of girls' lives. ... See MoreSee Less
This video was created for our church’s annual missions conference to help each member see the importance of having a part in our missions investments. The theme was “Everybody Has a Part,” and the conference was organized by Fundamental Baptist Missions International.
It was a blessing to see the Lord work in the hearts of our church family at our 2019 Missions Conference - “Everybody Has a Part.” Please pray for every missionary around the world as they serve God and for every church member to have a part in making it possible to send more missionaries to the field. ... See MoreSee Less