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. For some time now we have conducting our worship services in a hybrid in-person/Zoom mode. If you would like to join us via Zoom and are not on the First Baptist email list, please contact: If you’d like to join us in person, we will continue all the safety protocols we have been following during the COVID pandemic. Everyone will wear masks, unless they are speaking at one of the front microphones, and we will continue to have greeters welcome people, make sure they know our protocols, and track attendance just in case we need the information. We ask everyone to continue to be mindful of safe distances and limit physical contact.

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.