Pastor Debbie Bennett Reynolds

We’re delighted you are looking at our website and hope you will explore who we are and then reach out and connect with us. Starting on Sunday, June 20, we have been offering the opportunity to worship in person at First Baptist; in order to ensure everyone’s safety, we will wear masks and maintain appropriate social distancing in the sanctuary. Starting last week, July 18, we have been allowing congregants to sing in the sanctuary as long as they are wearing masks, and we will allow vaccinated individuals (or small groups of 2 or 3) to provide Special Music un-masked. The services will continue to be available via Zoom for those who do not yet feel comfortable coming back to in-person worship or are joining us from afar. We hope to gradually remove the above restrictions as the summer wears on, assuming continued improvement in the COVID-19 data for Tompkins County. We had our first outdoor service and picnic of the summer on Sunday, June 27, at Taughannock State Park, and will have another later in the summer on Sunday, August 22.

Core Values

First Baptist Church in Ithaca is a nurturing and inclusive community. Guided by Jesus’ teachings, we strive for social and ecological justice; and embrace the Baptist tradition of Bible, Soul, Church, and Religious freedoms.

Hate Has No Home Here

Pastor Debbie has participated in an ecumenical response to recent racist and anti-semitic incidents in the Ithaca community. Here is a link to their YouTube video: Hate. Has. No. Home. Here.

Racial Justice  

We acknowledge our long history of systemic racism that benefits white people and excludes people of color. We affirm that Black Lives Matter and reject acts of violence against all people of color. We commit to taking concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in our own congregation and in our society.