• Prayer Time: 8:30am
  • Sunday School: 9am
  • Worship Service: 10am


Bible Study Fellowship 

  • Men’s (First Baptist Church): 6:45pm, Register
  • Ladies (Alliance Church in DL): 6:30pm, Register


  • Cornerstone: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Preschool – High School: Learn about your faith, understand God and develop a life lasting relationship with the one and only true God.
  • Adult Bible Study: Learn to read, understand and live out the Word of God.

Phone: 218.847.4571
Email Address:
Address: 300 Central Street East, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Pastor Merrill Olson: Merrill Olson served as a senior pastor for thirty-four years. He received a B.S. from Minnesota State University-Mankato, an M. Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He is currently involved as an interim pastor along with a teaching and writing ministry. His emphasis is on apologetics and training believers to defend their faith in Christ from God’s Word. He is well versed in Bible prophecy as it pertains to end times. He is a gifted speaker with the conviction that only by the Word of God can people experience inward transformation by the Holy Spirit. He and his wife, Jan, reside in Minnesota and have two daughters and four delightful grandchildren.

Elder Board: Bob Kotaska, Bert Hanson, Pastor Olson and Chris Laudenbach


We Believe



A phrase that well represents our purpose is “Great Commandment Passion-Great Commission Focus.” Our vision is to work together with a great commandment passion (Loving God – Deut. 6:5;Luke 10:27) to fullfill the great commission (Making Disciples – Matt. 28:19,20).

We want to develop biblical churches that are spiritually alive, culturally relevant, unified in spirit, mobilized for ministry, expressing compassion for the whole person, sensitive to the needs of all people, and aggressive in evangelism and church planting throughout the world. Ultimately, here at First Baptist, we want to be a church that is producing mature, healthy followers of Jesus Christ. We invite you to come worship and grow with us!



We at First Baptist Church of Detroit Lakes are a part of a national association of churches called the Conservative Baptist association of America, or CB America. Our regional (geographic) fellowship is called the North Central Conservative Baptist Association or NCCBA. It includes the states of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.


Doctrinal Statement:

  • We believe in the accuracy and authority of the word of God (the 66 books of the bible) for all matters of faith and practice.
  • We believe in the one true God who eternally exists in three distinct persons; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe all people are sinners by nature and by choice. We believe that God offers forgiveness and salvation to anyone who turns to Christ believing in His substitutionary death on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection.
  • We believe that baptism by immersion is an act of obedience that follows salvation.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ will come again to first take up (rapture) His people. He will also judge and rule on the earth. In His time He will create a new heaven and new earth.

Senior Pastor

First Baptist Church of Detroit Lakes is seeking a full-time Pastor with gifts of preaching, teaching and pastoral care for a small church with potential growth. We currently have an interim Pastor with Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM). 

We are a Bible-believing, conservative church located Detroit Lakes, Minnesota with a population over 9,000. Detroit Lakes is a growing community that has a strong tourist draw. 

To apply, please send your resume, references and/or questions to: