Dr Bruce Baker, Associate Pastor

The predominant emphasis of Dr. Baker’s ministry has been the forthright presentation of the Bible as God’s Word. Like Ezra of old, his life is built around the study, practice, and teaching of Scripture. In his teaching, he conveys the quality of steadfastness that emanates from one whose life is anchored in the authority of the Bible.

Bruce served in the US Navy for over 11 years as an Electronics Technician attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer before leaving the service to work as a TV engineer at a Christian television station. It was during this time he felt the call of God to enter the ministry full-time. He enrolled at Calvary Bible College graduating with a BS in Christian Ministries; he then continued on to Calvary Theological Seminary, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree (Pastoral Studies) with Highest Honors. He continued his studies until he received a PhD (Systematic Theology cum laude) from Baptist Bible Seminary.

In addition to being the president of BecomingMature.org, Dr. Baker is also serving unofficially as associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Brenham, TX, assisting with teaching and counseling. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Grace School of Theology, located in Houston, TX.  He has formerly held the positions of Senior Pastor of Washington County Bible Church in Brenham, TX, Jenison Bible Church in Hudsonville, MI, and Open Door Bible Church in Belton, MO, and Adjunct Professor of Bible and Theology at Calvary Bible College and Seminary.  It was during his tenure in Missouri that his passion for teaching Bible and Theology to pastors who had no access to any formal education was kindled.

To date, he has taught in over six different countries on four continents. For the last nine years prior to his diagnosis (ALS), he concentrated his efforts in central Africa (Congo DR, Burundi, and Rwanda). Yeye anaongea swahiili kidogo, lakini si vizuri sana.  (translation: He speaks a little swahili, but not very well).

Due to his health concerns Bruce is no longer able to visit Africa himself. This being said, he is actively involved with sending others to continue the work he started there.

Dr. Baker is a contributing author to the book Progressive Dispensationalism as well as the author of numerous journal and magazine articles. He is also the author of two popular level books, Spiritual Maturity and For Thou Art With Me: Biblical Help for the Terminally Ill and Those Who Love Them. This last book arose from his desire to help other terminally ill patients like himself. For a full list of Dr. Baker’s published works, click here.

Bruce and his wife, Bonnie, have been married over 38 years and have three children and ten grandchildren.