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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.