First and Franklin – A Baltimore neighbor.

First & Franklin

You Belong Here




A Community of Worship

Our service is faithful to tradition, musically inspired, socially engaged.






A Community of Service

We promote peacemaking and social justice, in Baltimore and beyond.






A Community of Fellowship

Our congregation seeks to increase our understanding of each other.



We are an inclusive, diverse congregation devoted to enriching our community through socially engaging and relevant preaching and an inspirational congregational music program, service to others, and fellowship that increases our understanding of one another. Our mission is to make Baltimore a better community for everyone, and we welcome anyone who comes through our doors.

**Covid-19 Digital Worship Information**

As we look out for the health and wellbeing of those around us, we will be congregating via Zoom for our services for at least the next three weeks. Below is the information you need to tune in for all Sunday worship services, as well as our Lenten Taize services, held on Wednesdays at 6:15.

Upcoming Zoom Gatherings
Click the different invitation links to access directions for joining each gathering.
Sunday, March 29, 10:30am, Worship Service
Wednesday, April 1, 6:15pm, Evening Prayer
Sunday Bulletin

Bulletin - March 29_ 2020 PDF

Please remember to give during this unprecedented time so that we can continue to support our staff.

We mean ALL y'all!

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church (USA) welcomes everyone to worship with us, regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. A member of the More Light Presbyterians since 1980, our congregation is committed to inclusivity and full participation in the Church for all individuals, including service and the clergy.

We believe that the affirmation of one's gender identity and sexual orientation is Scripturally based and a natural outflow of God's perfect creation and love. Here at First & Franklin, you are welcome, you are seen, and you are loved just the way God made you.

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Recent Sermons

A Prayer for George the Snail

July 28, 2019

Table Manners

November 26, 2018

By Their Fruits

November 26, 2018

Latest Posts

Worship Bulletin for March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Bulletin – March 29 2020 PDF

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Session Employee Pay Letter

  Dear Members and Friends of First & Franklin,                                           …

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Sight for Sore Eyes

First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Baltimore, MD 21201 March 22, 2020 John 9:1-41   1As Jesus walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who…

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"Let us not grow wearing in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if  we do not give up." --Gal. 6:9

Join Pastor Rob Hoch and Session Member Sarah Lloyd on Thursday, January 30 from 7-9 at Red Emma's for the first of many dives into Paul's Letter to the Galatians. Bring your Bible (or your phone Bible), a notebook, and a friend!

For questions, email Rob Hoch at or Sarah Lloyd at

“At First & Franklin, we are a quirky and very independent congregation.”

“The whole community here really embraces [music] as a really integral part of the service, as a means to get the message out — the message of peace.”

“I come once a week because I want to, not because I have to. I come to church here because I belong here.”