Mission and Vision
First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, a congregation affiliated with the American Baptist Churches/U.S.A.
To Pledge our lives to Christ and covenant with each other to demonstrate as disciples: His spirit through worship, witness, and ministry to the needs of the people of this church and the community. We invite and welcome all to be included within our fellowship.
To fulfill our mission, we, the members of First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, will, with God's help, seek to grow more vital in worship and praise; dynamic in proclamation; effective in teaching; loving in fellowship; faithful in stewardship; and compassionate in service.
The Church in the City
The number of those who pass through our doors each year far exceeds the number of those who attend Sunday worship. The church's Community Arts Program sponsors one or two events throughout each month of the year and welcomes many musical organizations in the city to make use of the church's outstanding concert facilities. The All Ears Radio Theatre fills the sanctuary with spectators who enjoy watching actors read their lines and how sound effects are created.
Every New Year's Eve the church is open for the six hours of the downtown's New Year's Eve Fest for hundreds of families to enjoy first-class entertainment and non-alcoholic refreshments.
Throughout the year the church provides venues for civic and political events and is regularly open to help many with special needs:
- The last week of each month and the first week of each month the church collaborates with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry to distribute food to those who are in need.
- All Ears Radio Theatre performs every other Saturday evening starting in January and goes through May. Final performance for the season is May 28.