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)

Lent/Easter Services at First & Franklin

Feb. 22 ~ 6:00p ~ Ash Wednesday Service (Sanctuary)
Mar. 1-Mar. 29 (Wednesdays) ~ 6:00p ~ Lenten Meditation (Sanctuary)
Apr. 2 ~ 10:30a ~ Palm Sunday (Sanctuary)
Apr. 7 ~ 7:00p ~ Good Friday Tenebrae (Sanctuary)
Apr. 9 ~ 10:30a ~ Easter Sunday (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

Our Latter Glory

Our sermon from November 10th ended with the question, “What if?” What if we were to reimagine church?What might we see as its possibilities? Our primary text was from the…

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So You Want to Talk About Lynching – a prayer

A Litany for Remembrance by Robert Hoch (October 24, 2019) Adapted from Michele Norris, “So You Want to Talk About Lynching?” in the Washington Post (23 October 2019) So you…

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Meet our Interim

The Session of First & Franklin Presbyterian Church is very pleased to announce that it has unanimously agreed to hire the Reverend Christian T. Iosso, PhD. to serve as our…

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Ash Wednesday Service

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Ken & Brad Kolodner Quartet, Spire Series

March 19 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass and American Roots music, joined by…

Jessica Tong, violin & Michael Sheppard, piano

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Jessica Tong, violinist, and Michael Sheppard, pianist, share a rare, singular vision in their approach to music-making and have presented adventurous programs that integrate both well-loved and lesser-known masterpieces for violin and piano.…

Prelude to Pride Concert, Sara Davis Buechner

June 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Noted for her musical command, cosmopolitan artistry, and visionary independence, Baltimore native Sara Davis Buechner makes a long overdue return to Baltimore and is one of the most original concert…

“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.”