(Can I Baptize Someone?) Bible Question.
“I was told by my minister (from the Church of Christ) that I could baptize someone into Christ, even though I am not a minister in the church. Is this so?”
We have a variety of people baptizing people in the New Testament.
“Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem was going out to him, and all Judea and all the district around the Jordan; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.“ – Matthew 3:4 – 6 (New American Standard Bible)
John the baptizer was known for immersing people.
“Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were),“ – John 4:1, 2
During His ministry Jesus taught baptism, but He did not do the baptizing, His disciples did. In Acts, we see a variety of people doing the baptizing.
“And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.“ – Acts 8:28
Beyond these facts, little is told to us about who should do the baptizing. The New Testament does not contain a chapter that defines who can and who cannot. We learn those things from the various passages that describe baptism and teach us about immersion. As such no rule exists that says the only person who can baptize is a minister.
To answer your question directly: Yes, you can baptize people as a servant of Jesus Christ, just as His first century disciples baptized people as servants of the Lord.