Welcome Our New Pastor!

Rev. Dr. David Allen Balicki has been an ordained minister in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference since 2007. He was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 2006 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2013, both from Trinity Theological Seminary located in Indiana. Dave's ministries include serving as the senior pastor at a CCCC church, leading worship services at local area nursing homes, chaplaincy work at a local hospital, leading bible studies, and ministering to people suffering from various addictions. He is currently a member of the CCCC's Church Development Team assisting CCCC pastors and churches navigate through the development process. On October 11, 2015, he accepted the call to pastor the First Evangelical & Reformed Church in Lima, Ohio. He and his wife, Sheryl L. Veurink-Balicki, were married on June 21, 1996 and both are from Grand Rapids, Michigan and have a residence there. Sherri, as she is known by friends and family, is employed as a Trauma Program Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Mercy Health St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Balicki's have no children, but they enjoy spending time with numerous nieces and nephews. Dave and Sherri like to golf and enjoy vacationing on the Caribbean island of Aruba each year. Dave's favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.  Sherri's is Philippians 4:13.

We are so glad that you have come to our Church Website. Many things have happened in the life of the congregation over the past few years. We are seeking God with a renewed fervor, we are digging deeper into Godís Word, and we are seeking to live out three core elements. These core elements are loving God, loving others and making disciples. It is our belief and values that begin to embrace and uphold these core elements of scripture.  These three core elements are rooted in scripture and taught upon by Jesus and are embraced in the Old Testament in the giving of the Law to the Israelites. From these three elements we are then encouraged and guided in our decisions as a body of how we will move an act in the larger community.

During this season may we spend time in prayer as it is one of the most effective ways in preparing for the work of God in our lives, in the church and in the community.  It is as we watch and pray, that we find that our hearts are softened, our eyes opened and our ears hear the melodious words of God for His people.  Join us as we worship, pray and rejoince in the glory of God.

In Christ,
Your Family at First Church

Contact Information

First Evangelical & Reformed Church
320 W. Wayne St.
Lima, Ohio 45801

Church Office:  419-222-6700
Pastor's Study: 419-222-6200

Office Hours: 8 am - Noon
Monday through Thursday
Unless Monday is a Holiday
then it's Tuesday - Friday

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First Evangelical and Reformed Church
320 W. Wayne St, Lima, Ohio 45801
Service Times


  Sunday School for all ages 9 am                                 Worship at 10:15 am
                                                                                      Nursery and Children's Church
Celebrating
150 Years
1863-2013

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Rev. Dr. David Balicki