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First Baptist Church of Rochester welcomes LGBTQ Community.

 We are a Welcoming and Affirming, American Baptist Congregation

Full Letter to the Editor from Pastor Brent Bowden following Sunday protestors at worship, published 8/26/17.

Q & A, sermon by Rev. Brent Bowden

We seek to be a welcoming community where every child of God is included. We welcome and affirm as Godís people all who wish to join us in our journey of faith. Individually we espouse soul freedom, endeavoring to live by the moral and ethical principles taught by Christ and revealed in scripture, realizing that God is the ultimate and sole judge of our thoughts and actions. As a worshipping community, we celebrate and seek to be worthy trustees of God's creation in all its diversity. We uphold freedom of religious expression, expect no conformity to any creed, and strive for social justice within all human relationships. If it is your desire to continue your journey of faith with this community, speak to any member of the congregation.

Our Policy of Inclusion

Our church
The practice and policy of the First Baptist Church of Rochester is to welcome into full membership and participation in our faith community all persons who profess Jesus as Lordóregardless of race, class, gender, disability, place of origin, or sexual orientation.

This policy is realized through the welcome we share within our community, as well as through those organizations in which we are affiliated including the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, the Alliance of Baptists, the Baptist World Alliance, and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists which believe in a universal welcome. See our Affiliations Page for a complete list of all of our affliations.


Gay Pride Parade

Our September 8, 2016 letter to the ABC-USA Executive Committee hosted at FBC-Rochester.

ABC USA's Past President, Rev. Dr. Donald Ng's letter introducing "Baptist Talk."

Our team's letter to the ABC-USA Biennial Committee in the fall of 2015.

We are please to share that AWAB(Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptist) was granted a display table in the Main Affliates/Association Hall at the 2017 Biennial.

ROC Pride Parade

In 2017, we walked with our new pastor, Brent Bowden,
and sister American Baptist Churches in the Pride Parade.

Preparing to march...

In 2016 and 2017, we were pleased to walk with members
of other Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Churches
from the Greater Rochester Area behind a large
"proud" banner (see image above).

Gay Pride Parade

FBCR represented at Rochester Pride Parade on July 18, 2015.

Contact Us

Office Hours, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Address:175 Allens Creek Road, 14618
Phone: 585 244-2468
FAX: 585 244-2469

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