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

November 12, 2023 Sermon – Foolish Bridesmaids

  Rev. Steve Nofel First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church November 12, 2023 Philippians 3:12-14 Matthew 25:1-13 As Anna and Jason will witness, I selected the wrong Gospel reading for…

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November 2023 Community Newsletter

Read the latest community newsletter HERE.

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Soprano Melissa Wimbish (of S’amusant) Interview with WBJC

Soprano Melissa Wimbish (one-third of S’amusant) sat down with WBJC to discuss the upcoming Spire Series concert on Friday, November 3, 2023 at 7:30pm. Their program, titled “Dreams and Fantasies,”…

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Sunday, October 29, 2023 Sermon – Hope That Does Not Disappoint

Dorothy Churn LaPenta First and Franklin Presbyterian Church Reformation Sunday October 29, 2023 Romans 5: 1-5 Matthew 22: 34-40   HOPE THAT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT My guess is that the…

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October 8, 2023 Sermon: All In Stewardship

Rev. Steve Nofel First & Franklin Street Presbyterian Church September 10, 2023 Matthew 21:34-40 Luke 4:8 and Romans 12:11 In our house with two theologians sitting across from each other…

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Candlelight Choral Concert

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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Lessons & Carols Service

December 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church
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Karen Slack / Mark Markham

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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“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.”