Who We Are

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.    

What Do We Teach?

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.

Our Heritage

First Baptist is designated as a Heritage Church founded in October of 1871 during the Washington Territorial period of 1853 to 1889. 


Sunday at 10am

Traditional worship services in our sanctuary.

Saturday at 6:30pm

Emmaus House meet for a Saturday evening worship experience in the old parsonage house: 216 East 10th. 


What's the Sunday Schedule?

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.

What Do I Wear?

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.

Get Plugged In

How will I find a Bible Study or a Small Group? Visit our CLASSES & SMALL GROUPS page and if you have any additional questions, click on the button below to get in touch.

Contact Us


Interim Pastor – Rev. Dr. Paul Aita

Pastor Paul is an American Baptist minister who retired after 35 years of experience serving local congregations. He also served as the Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of the Northwest for 6 years. In retirement, Pastor Paul and his wife, Gail, have traveled to Myanmar (Burma) many times to teach in the schools and seminaries there. They are also heavily involved with the resettlement of refugees from that area in the south Seattle area. We are privileged to have Pastor Paul lend leadership to our congregation during this period of transition.

Associate Pastor - Mark Rambo

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. 

Visitation Pastor - Caroline Lehman

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.

Church Secretary - Glory Nylander

Glory joined our staff at First Baptist in October 2017. Previously she has served on staff at Youth With a Mission, The Bridge Christian Church, and Seabreeze Christian Church in the areas of administration, youth work, sound engineering and worship ministry.

Church Organist & Pianist - Jordan Nylander

Jordan began accompanying our Chancel Choir and providing piano and organ service music in March 2016. His passion is in communicating through music. He graduated with a music degree from Vanguard University in Southern California. His primary studies were piano, composition, and jazz.

Choir Director - Open

Our choir director recently retired after serving the congregation for 21 years. A temporary choir director will be hired to serve until someone new is called to the church.