Our church is a member of the American Baptist Churches USA. We value:
Community over Institutionalism,
Relationships over Programs,
Servanthood over Consumerism,
All while loving God and others.
We use both the Old and New Testament as the foundation for our faith and the inspiration for our daily lives. We put those teachings into practice at home and at work.
First Baptist is designated as a Heritage Church founded in October of 1871 during the Washington Territorial period of 1853 to 1889.
Traditional worship services in our sanctuary.
Emmaus House meet for a Saturday evening worship experience in the old parsonage house: 216 East 10th.
At 10am we have our Worship Service in the Sanctuary. After worship, we invite you to enjoy a period of fellowship in the foyer where we serve light snacks, coffee and tea. From September to May, at 830 am, there are Christian Formation classes for all ages. A nursery is also provided.
You will see people in everything from blue jeans to suits on Sundays. Our concern isn't what's on the outside, but what's on the inside.
Come as you are.
Pastor Mark's ministry responsibilities focus on Spiritual Formation for all ages, including our Youth Ministries. He gives leadership to our House Church, Emmaus House, which meets on Saturdays at 630pm. In addition, Pastor Mark facilitates many of our community ministries including the Sunday Feeding ministry, Table Grace.
Pastor Dave is an American Baptist minister who previously served at First Baptist of Yakima for 15 years.
After retiring from her career as a Registered Nurse, Caroline began her seminary studies. She was ordained and joined our church staff in 1996. Her caring nature makes her a wonderful Visitation Pastor. She is a member of our Chancel Choir and she leads the Cancer Support Group.
Lela came back to work for OFBC in August of 2018. She feels wonderfully blessed to serve the members and community here as the Church Secretary. Lela uses her creativity with graphic design & an administrative background to produce bulletins, calendars and newsletters.
Her husband works for Lawyer Nursery as the technical support administrator. Her daughter is a dental hygienist in Portland and her son is a brass musician who tours the country with the March Fourth Marching Band.