Our Story

We have been on an amazing journey for over 160 years at First Baptist Church, Ashland. Like anybody trying to make a difference in the world, we’ve had our ups and downs and learned a lot along the way. We can say without a doubt: we aren’t a flash in the pan!

Our church has tried to live with intention and take the best of our traditions, practices and values and connect them to the hope we find in God still speaking and working today. We respect our past while nurturing the future that we believe God is creating in our community, nation and world. We are thankful for where we’ve come from while also pursuing our next steps with imagination.

This means our worship is both classic and modern. Our people are young and old. Our hope is rooted in the past through God’s faithfulness but has green leaves filled with new dreams. We intentionally celebrate six generations of people seeking out a shared life together where we keep learning, growing, and celebrating the ways God is at work in our world with us and for us. At the center of it all is our hope that we can join in the mission of God for the sake of the world and all the people in it.

We want to live out two simple things:



Our hope is that you will join us in helping our community to be a better place. God’s love has changed us at First Baptist, and we believe that when you belong to our church family and live sacrificially for the sake of others our neighborhoods, places of work, families, and friends become outposts of God’s work in the world.

We hope that if First Baptist is the right fit for you, you will find ways to grow and explore faith with all your heart, use your mind to think deeply about what it means to follow Jesus, and put your hands into the work of helping the love of Jesus to be real in our world today.

Where we are headed...

No matter who you are or where you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome to become part of our family. We believe that we are called to share the joy and peace of Christ’s love and be as creative as we can be to help others to know they are loved, too.

We hope that through the power of relationships, we will connect with new people, follow Jesus in such a way that our community will be a better place, and help everyone to know that they are worthy to walk in God’s love.

Be a part of our story...help our community to flourish.