First Baptist is a well established church. Founded in 1874, it has served the Beaver Valley area for over 100 years. The current sanctuary was built in 1916. With it's wooden floors, high vaulted ceiling, stained glass windows, and pipe organ, our sanctuary provides a beautiful worship space, but don't let the age of the building fool you about who's inside...
We are a small but vibrant congregation with a wide range of ages. We gather together to worship, study God's Word, proclaim the Gospel of Christ, and fellowship. We don't have greeters at our doors, everyone who enters is warmly greeted by someone in the congregation. Many churches claim to be welcoming, but First Baptist truly is.
We are probably best known as "that church in Rochester that does a live nativity every Christmas" Yes, that is us! It is just one of several outreaches to the community we do each year. If you have visited the nativity in recent years, you have probably already met our Pastor and several of our members.
Our worship services are a mix of traditional and newer hymns accompanied by the pipe organ or piano. Lyrics are projected on a screen. Worship videos and other live music are also part of our morning worship experience. Dr. Huggins, or Pastor Phil as we like to call him, is an engaging and energetic speaker. Podcasts of his sermons are available on this website. He preaches expositionally, primarily using the KJV. The congregation uses a wide variety of translations. Prayer is an important part of our worship and personal lives. We Celebrate The Lord's Supper, i.e. Communion, the first Sunday of every month, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve. Communion is open to all those trusting in Christ alone for their salvation. We practice Believer Baptism by immersion.
We are part of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through that relationship, we help further the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and build the Kingdom of God, however, we remain a self-governing body of Christians and do not fall under the authority of any denominational organization. We financially support International, North American, and State Missions, as well as Disaster Relief and Mission Dignity through the Southern Baptist Cooperative Giving Program and special offerings. We also send support to local ministries such as Child Evangelism of Beaver County, Beaver County Jail Chaplaincy Program, and Choices Pregnancy Services.
This is but a brief overview of who we are. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about First Baptist Church, the grace of God, and redemption through Jesus Christ. Better yet, come and visit us!