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In 1974 the small nucleus of people that would ultimately form First Baptist Church started meeting together at the Gardnerville Volunteer Fire Department. Reverend Paul Ray moved from Dallas to become the fledging congregation’s first pastor. Under his leadership the beginning church purchased 2.3 acres at the intersection of Highways 88 and 395. The first building was then constructed at a modest cost of only $55,000. Pastor Ray resigned to accept another position in 1976 and was then succeeded by Dave Boos (1979), Ed Jordan ((1980-1990), Larry Daily (1991-1996), Rene Houle (1997-2000), and Adam Barkley (2000-2008).
In 1985 the church purchased 10 acres on Centerville Lane in Gardnerville and in 2008 FBC constructed its present facilities consisting of a beautiful worship center, spacious lobby, kitchen, offices, and classrooms.
It was after the intentional interim period with Nevada Baptist State Convention Executive Director; Dr. Thane Barnes that FBC then entered a unique relationship with Larry Webb from First Family Church in Antioch California. Pastor Larry ministered remotely at First Baptist through videos of his sermons on Sunday mornings and then periodic trips to Nevada. But in the spring of 2012 God moved on his heart to actually relocate to the beautiful Minden Gardnerville where he now ministers full time to the congregation and community. In the spring of 2014 the congregation sensed the need to reposition itself in order to remove denominational barriers and build relational bridges into the community. The leadership decided to adopt the more denominationally neutral DBA "Shadow Mountain Church." God has now positioned Shadow Mountain Church to become a high impact church bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the entire Carson Valley.