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)


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.

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.


Latest Posts

January 2024 Community Newsletter

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December 24, 2023 Sermon – Linus Dropped His Blanket Twice!

  My Fourth Sunday of Advent message is simple.  My Christmas Eve morning message is simple.  I even like it so much I may even someday have it tattooed onto…

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December 10, 2023 Sermon – I Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy – Where?

In one of my churches, we had a high school English teacher in the congregation. He was always willing to be so helpful. Pointing out split-infinitives – I still don’t…

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11/26/2023 Sermon – Pastor Steve’s World Famous Funnel

Today we are talking about two people who are hugely important in the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Two people who had to step into a new…

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November 19, 2023 Sermon – Holes

ABOUT REV. CHRISTA BURNS: Christa was born in Iowa, and has lived in Southern California, Tulsa, St. Louis, New York City and Baltimore. She graduated with an MDiv from Union…

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Armstrong Honors Recital

May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

The Spire Series is proud to host its close neighbor, Baltimore School for the Arts, for the annual Armstrong Honors Recital. This special event showcasing select members of the graduating…

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Paul Bisaccia – Prelude to Pride

June 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Paul Bisaccia is the first artist to have recorded the complete solo piano music of Gershwin, and his PBS television special Gershwin by Bisaccia has been broadcast throughout the U.S.…

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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.”