At the age of eighteen, Pastor Goddard was led to the Lord by one of his teenage friends in the city park near his home. He was then taken to the young man's church and given a King James Bible. The next day, he took that Bible and left for college. After a year and a half of playing college basketball and reading his Bible, he came to the conclusion that learning the Bible and telling others what God was teaching him was more fulfilling and satisfying than his life-long dream of playing college basketball.
Two years after he received Christ, Pastor Goddard enrolled in Bible college to train for the ministry. In 1981, he married a girl whom he had known since the eighth grade. They started dating while she was finishing her senior year in high school, and five years later, they were married. The following year, they both graduated from Bible college, and in July of 1982, he knocked on his first door to start Faith Baptist Church. After more than three decades, Pastor Goddard continues to lead this wonderful church that has been richly blessed by God.
The Goddards have four children: Joshua, Hannah, Esther, and Josiah; and thus far the Lord has blessed them with five grandchildren.
Josh and his wife, Carly, have three children. Josh serves as our church Youth Pastor. He is responsible for the spiritual leadership of over 200 young people. In addition to being a full-time mom, Carly works alongside her husband with the teens.
Hannah's husband, Jordan Flesher, is an assistant pastor in Baltimore, MD. Hannah is mother of two and very involved in her husband's ministry both in adult Sunday school as well as music.
Esther is married to Matthew Peterson, who is an assistant pastor here at Faith Baptist. Esther works on our secretarial staff and leads our Blue Denim and Lace girls club.
Josiah is attending Golden State Bible College, training for the ministry.