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

May 2023 Community Newsletter

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April 9, 2023 Sermon: Going For The High Note

Dorothy Churn LaPenta First and Franklin Presbyterian Church Easter Sunday April 9, 2023 John 20:1-18 A few weeks when we were out of town, I worshipped at a Presbyterian Church,…

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April 2023 Community Newsletter

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March 2023 Community Newsletter

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March 26, 2023 Sermon: What Does It Mean to Be Resurrected?

By Rev. Janine Zabriskie Friends, these passages from Scripture are like reaching back in time. They are so well-known, and so well loved. Everyone has their own mental photograph of…

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Prelude to Pride Concert, Sara Davis Buechner

June 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Main Sanctuary
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AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

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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.”