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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Lessons & Carols Service

December 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church
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Karen Slack / Mark Markham – Spire Series IV

March 8, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Hailed for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, a seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack has garnered international renown for her artistic versatility, charisma and entrepreneurial…

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Good Friday Worship Service

March 29, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church
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Svet Stoyanov – Spire Series V

April 12, 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

Praised by the New York Times for his “understated but unmistakable virtuosity” along with a “winning combination of gentleness and fluidity,” Svet Stoyanov is a driving force in modern percussion.…

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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.”