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.



Sundays at First & Franklin

9:00a - Adult Education (Reid Chapel)
9:15a - Multi-Age Sunday School (Backus House)
10:30a - In-Person Worship Service (Sanctuary)

We strive to be 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.


First & Franklin Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) 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.


Latest Posts

September 17, 2023 Sermon: The Final Form of Love

Rev. Christa Burns First & Franklin Presbyterian Church September 17, 2023 Psalm 114:1-8 Matthew 18:21-35 Every once in a while, or maybe more than that, I figure the lectionary was…

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September 10, 2023 Sermon: Welcome Back

Rev. Steve Nofel First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church September 10, 2023 Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:15-20 One of the great privileges in my life, is that I am honored to…

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September 2023 Community Newsletter

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August 20, 2023 Sermon: A Certain Place

Rev. Kim Nofel First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church August 20, 2023 Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24 Genesis 28:10-19a We are going to do a quick background of Jacob and his,…

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August 13, 2023 Sermon: God is in the Big and Little and Everything In-Between

Rev. Steve Nofel First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church August 13, 2023 1 Kings 19:9-18 Matthew 14:22-33 You have already noticed I use a lot of personal examples in my…

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Joshua Espinoza Trio – Spire Series Opening Concert

October 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Latino-American jazz pianist Joshua Espinoza blends and bends genres into songs that are immediately relatable yet hard to define. He has performed with such luminaries as Sean Jones, Warren Wolf,…

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Doors Open Baltimore

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Special Public Tour! Come see a local architectural treasure, one of the best examples of Flamboyant Gothic churches in the US, with stained glass from around the world as well…

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S’amusant – Spire Series II

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

S’amusant is one of Baltimore’s newest musical ensembles, featuring extraordinary artists Wade Davis (cello), Patrick Merrill (harpsichord), and Melissa Wimbish (soprano). The group’s program, Dreams and Fantasies will cross boundaries…

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Candlelight Choral Concert – Spire Series III

December 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir, directed by Jason Kissel, will present their annual Candlelight Choral Concert on Sunday, December 10th, 2023 at 4:00pm. This yearly tradition celebrates the holiday…

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“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.”