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. Due to the recent uptick in positive COVID tests in Tompkins County, First Baptist has decided to switch to remote-only worship services. If you are not on the First Baptist email list and would like the link to the service simply contact: We hope to resume hybrid, in-person/Zoom services later in January or early February.

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 with an ecumenical group to respond 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.