Chris & Renny Blancaflor
Chris & Rennie Blancaflor
‘I'm Chris. This was the church
I grew up in. When I married Rennie
the church embraced him too.
We’ve always felt welcomed,
loved and accepted here!’
Janet Middleton
Janet Middleton
‘It isn't easy to be a preacher's kid.
But First Baptist Church was
a non-judgemental,
extended family to me!’
Chris Hall
Chris Hall
‘I came to First Baptist Church
because my family did.
But now First Baptist
is my family.’
Tim & Lisa Austin Testimonial
Tim & Lisa Austin
‘At its very best church becomes
a touchstone. A community.
A home away from home. And
certainly First Baptist Church
is that for us.’
Testimonial TERRA BURMOOD
Terra Burmood
‘I feel at home at First Baptist.
Everyone is warm and accepting.
I can be myself and live an
authentic life in a church like this!’
Engaging Minds & Hearts

Engaging minds and hearts.

Upcoming Events

Contemporary Issues Class-Gun Violence - First Baptist Church
Contemporary Issues Class - February 16, 2020

'Addressing Violence Prevention with Common Sense Gun Safety Measures'

A mother and son who are active in Moms Demand Action will speak February 16, 2020.

Katie Jones, a psychotherapist with the OSF Strive Trauma Recovery Program, and her son, Gus Steinberg Jones, a Richwoods High School Senior, will speak at the Contemporary issues Class at 11:15 am after the Sunday church service. For more info …

WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY:

A Different Kind of Baptist Church!

There are a lot of churches out there. At First Baptist we do our best to be a loving, inclusive, merciful, community of faith.

  • If you are looking for a church that wants you to ask questions and to read the Bible with both your brain and heart, then come visit.
  • If you are looking for a church that chooses mercy over judgment, equality over prejudice, and mystery over certainty, then come visit.
  • If you are looking for a church that cares about embracing all people as image-bearers of God, then come visit.
  • If you have doubt, fear, or pain, you are not alone. We have all those things too.
    Come visit and we will find hope, freedom, and healing together.
Perhaps First Baptist is the church you have been looking for.