Welcome to First Baptist Church

A Progressive, Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Church

An LGBTQ Friendly Church

Christian Family Education for all Ages

Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM

FBC Learns about the Poor People's Campaign

In a moving service on Sunday, January 14, First Baptist learned about why several members and friends are involved in, and supporting, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Dr. Baruch Whitehead, Tim Shenk, Linda Nicholson, and Leslie Schultz led us in a worship service focused on the needs of the poor in America today, and how a national campaign is being organized to continue the work of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the 50th year since his assassination. You can hear more by listening to the sermon for this date posted on the Listen to First Baptist Sunday Sermons from the navigation bar on the right.

January Congregational Meeting

Members and friends of First Baptist are encouraged to attend the January Congregational Meeting immediately following the worship service on Sunday, January 28. The congregation will hear the Treasurer's Report for 2017, vote on the Trustee's Proposed Budget for 2018, and hear about some of the Wildly Importand Goals (WIGs) for the year.

Youth Programs Web Site

First Baptist's Youth and Children's Ministry Coordinator, Amy Beigel, has created a web site featuring many of the activities of the children and youth at First Baptist. Click on the image on the right to visit the site.

~ Who We Are ~ `

First Baptist Church of Ithaca is located in the center of the vibrant city of Ithaca, NY (a city of more than 30,000 people). Although in a city location off of Dewitt Park, our members come from both downtown and rural locations more than 25 miles from the church. Those members are willing to travel the distance because of the uniqueness and values found at First Baptist of Ithaca. We are a church with a long and rich history. Our identity is marked by our shared values for social justice and diversity. Our church is a member of the American Baptist Churches USA, in the Rochester-Genesee Region. We belong to the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB).

We strongly believe that everyone is invited to the table and made to feel welcome there. We don’t just talk the talk. Our church reaches out to the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community and is respectful and considerate in language and actions towards one another. This is important to us. We value diversity and warmly welcome people of any culture, race, or economic background into our church. Our present population includes retirees, single parent families, blended families, foster/adoptive families, and college students. We are seeking to increase our membership with young and old alike.

Sunday Worship       10:00 AM
Coffee/Fellowship  11:15 AM
Children's Classes   11:15 AM
Adult Classes           11:30 AM

No Adult Education on the second Sunday of each month due to our community brunch.
Worship services are family-friendly and nursery care is also available.


What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
~Micah 6:8~