Welcome to First Baptist Church of Tahoe City and Tahoe Resort Ministries. We are located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Whether you are a local, second homeowner, or a tourist, you are welcome to join us for worship or at any of our ministries.  We have a diverse congregation that welcomes people from many walks of life. Our prayer is that you will experience God and see God at work among us!

Meet Our Team!

Scott Capshaw

Scott is the pastor of First Baptist Church.  Prior to living in Tahoe, Scott and his wife Jenn served as resort ministers in Girdwood, Alaska.  Scott also served seven years as the chaplain for the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

He earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Memphis and later a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

Scott also works as a children’s ski instructor at Squaw Valley.  In his spare time, Scott enjoys skiing, hiking, and kayaking.

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Jenn Capshaw

Jenn serves as Church Administrator.  She developed a passion for ministry and resorts while serving as a collegiate summer missionary in Tennessee.   Since then Jenn has served alongside Scott in resort ministry for over 20 years.  Their dedication and service has taken them to Tennessee, Alaska, and now California.

Jenn earned a BA in Religion and Philosophy from College of the Ozarks.  In her spare time Jenn enjoys kayaking, bicycling, hiking, and writing.

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Debbie Wohler Reasoner

Debbie serves as Staff Recruiter.  She came to Tahoe in 1979.  In past years Debbie directed the Big A Club, Parents’ Night Out, My Morning Out, and ski ministry. She currently recruits college students and adult volunteer groups.  Debbie has also done outreach ministry at ten Olympic games.

Debbie is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  

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Bethany Hansen

Bethany serves as Resort Minister. She attended North Greenville University where she received her degree in Sport Management with an emphasis in Sport Ministry.  She first came to Tahoe in August of 2009 and 2010 serving for a summer week. Bethany returned in January of 2016 as a semester missionary, quickly reacquainting with old friends and connecting with the community.  She joined our full–time staff in October of 2017.

Prior to joining the team at FBCTC, Bethany spent time as an intern with Endurance Leadership in Northern Virginia where she served and trained in missions and ministry. She spent her college summers working for WinShape Camps for Communities as a Recreation Director, coordinating and supervising all outdoor activities.

In her free time, Bethany loves being outdoors, skiing, traveling, and photography.

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Jayme Blanton

Jayme serves as our A+ Program Director. Jayme administrates all areas of our A+preschool and school age programs. This includes maintaining our licensure with the State of California and Placer County, as well as planning and scheduling our program’s daily activities. She also provides training and supervision for all of our A+ staff.

Jayme earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA) and her Master’s Degree in Education from National University (Rancho Cordova, CA).  She has been an educator for more than twenty years, and has taught in elementary schools as well as at a licensed preschool and after school program. Jayme’s career journey has also taken her to East Asia, where she spent 15 years working as an educational consultant and a trainer to teachers in China. Additionally, Jayme is skilled in teaching English as a second language.  In her spare time, Jayme enjoys hanging out with her family, baking, reading, and going to theme parks.

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Haley Griffin

Haley grew up in Georgia and attended the University of North Georgia. She is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. After taking brief hiatus to complete a stay in the Disney College Program where she worked for a year. She then, came to Tahoe in the Fall of 2016 as a semester missionary. She served in the capacity for a year and a half. Haley joined our full staff in April 2018 as the A+ Preschool Supervisor.

Haley enjoys taking hikes, going on runs, and having adventures. During the ski season she spends her weekends working as a Squaw Kids ski instructor. She discovered her passion for children while going on mission trips where she served with the children in the Dominican Republic area. Throughout the past few years Haley has worked closely with the Make A Wish Foundation which is organization she holds close to her heart.

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Heather McCathern

Heather is from Lebanon, Tennessee. She attended Austin Peay State University and recently graduated, December 2017 with a degree in General Studies focus Education. Heather came to Tahoe City, January 2018 right after Graduation to serve as a missionary at First Baptist Church Tahoe City and continued her journey here for a year.

She enjoys singing, reading, and painting. Heather has spent most of her life serving through Girl Scout and Church camps, and has found that every chance she can spend having fun with kids is what truly makes her happy. This big move to Tahoe is scary but Heather is excited to see what God has in-store for me here.

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Craig Smith

Craig serves as our youth pastor.  Craig has a passion for youth and a desire to see them grow in spiritual knowledge.  He loves the outdoors and is often found actively exploring the region skiing, biking, and hiking.

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Maureen Stelzriede

Maureen (AKA, “Mrs Mo”) has been the Heart and Soul of A Plus for years.  She continues to provide loving care for school age children in our after school program.  Mrs Mo also keeps our craft supplies organized, writes material for our August program, and coordinates our audio/visual on Sunday mornings. In addition, she maintains a list of contact information of former missionaries.  She tells school age students and and adults alike: “Once you are my kid, you are mine forever”.

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Summer and Semester Missionaries

Every four months we invite college students or recent college graduates to Tahoe to teach in our A+ Children’s Programs.  Many of these teachers are completing their Early Childhood Education degrees and use this experience to fulfill their internship requirements.  Our teachers bring invaluable experience and energy to our community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear?

We actually don’t care what you wear. Typically, our dress is casual, but if you dress up, no one will look at you funny. For us as a community of faith, how we love and how we serve are way more important than what we wear.

When do you meet and how long does it last?

Church services are held every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. Church typically lasts an hour to an hour and a half. After the service, we have a fellowship time – it’s a great time to hang out, eat some food, and meet somebody new!

Where are you located?

We are located at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, CA 96145.

Where should I park?

We have several parking spots available in front of the church. However, if the parking lot is full…don’t leave. We have parking available (with a shuttle) at the Public Utility District parking lot less than a quarter mile from the church. Simply drive down Fairway toward HWY 89 and you will see the parking lot across from the fire department. Our shuttle begins at about 8:30am and runs till about 9:15am. If you miss the shuttle, it’s a short walk to the church. We begin running the shuttle back to the parking lot right after the service.

Where should my children go?

We invite the whole family to join in our singing and worship time. After that, we have a children’s time with Pastor Scott at the front of the church – if your children don’t want to come forward, that’s ok. After our children’s time, we invite all of our children to go downstairs for our Kids Club. Kids club is a time of fun, singing, games, crafts, and Bible Story just for kids!! For our smaller children, we have a fully staffed nursery.

Am I expected to put money in the offering plate?

If you are visiting with us, we don’t expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider First Baptist your church home, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to the ministry of First Baptist. Your gifts help us to continue to share God’s love with our community. We also have a safe and secure online giving option available.

So...summer is awesome in Tahoe! Do you have outdoor church services?

In the summer months (weather permitting) we meet outdoors. You may want to bring sunglasses, a hat, and a light jacket.

Do you have any special church services for Christmas?

Yes absolutely! We have candlelight services on Christmas Eve (December 24th) at three locations:
– Squaw Valley Ski Area– We host a family-friendly candlelight Christmas Eve service at 4pm. Complementary hot chocolate will be provided. The service is located in the Olympic Valley Lodge.
– Northstar Ski Area–We host a family-friendly candlelight Christmas Eve service at 4pm. Complementary hot chocolate will be provided. The service is located in Sierra/Martis room of the Conference Center.
– First Baptist Church– Come join us for a special time of worship as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. All are welcome. Service times are 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm.

Do you have any special Easter services?

– Good Friday Service- This is an interdenominational Stations of the Cross service is held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Come join us at 7:00 p.m. as we remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. Corpus Christi Catholic Church is located on the west shore at 905 W. Lake Blvd, Tahoe City.
– Easter Sunrise Service – Come join us at 6:00 a.m. as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with songs and communion! This is an interdenominational service sponsored by the Tahoe City Ministerial Association. All are welcome to join us on Commons Beach in Tahoe City.
– Easter Sunday Service- Join us for a special time of worship as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. First Baptist Church, Tahoe City 9:00 a.m. Dress is casual. There is a nursery and Sunday School for children during the worship service.
– Easter Services on the Mountain- Celebrate Easter with a brief interdenominational church service on the mountain! Services are at 2pm at the following ski resorts. Look for the cross in the snow.

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