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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.

    Our recent Pride Week Involvement

  • In 2018, along with fellow American Baptist Church: Immanuel, Lake Avenue, and York, we held a Welcoming and Affirming Worship Service at Immanuel Baptist, 815 Park Avenue on Sunday, July 22.
  • In 2018, we once again marched in the Pride Parade with young and old... Strollers, riders, walkers, and wheelchair participants all showed their support.
  • In 2017, we walked with our new pastor, Brent Bowden, and sister American Baptist Churches in the Pride Parade.
  • In 2016, we were pleased to walk with members of four other Welcoming and Affirming Baptist Churches from the Greater Rochester Area behind our new large "proud" banner.
  • In 2015, FBCR cheered others at Rochester Gay Pride Parade

Contact Us

Office Hours, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

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

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