Celebrating 200 Years 1824-2024


First Baptist Church of Dayton is a progressive, American Baptist church located in the heart of downtown Dayton. We are a Christian community striving to be the “body of Christ” here in the city and beyond. And we are a Welcoming & Affirming congregation. Join us as we seek to love God and our neighbors.

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Values that lead us


Come Worship With Us!

Each Sunday we gather to worship God, coming from all around the greater Dayton area. We are diverse in many ways, but here we declare and celebrate that we are one in Christ. And so, it is in his name that we invite you to come and worship with us!


Mission & Service – Get Involved!

We engage in a variety of ministries to and with our neighbors—near and far—from urban gardening and home/neighborhood improvement projects here in Dayton to a mission partnership with Baptists in El Salvador involving food security and access to education. Christ has called us to a life of service, and we invite you to answer that call, too, by getting involved.


Children & Youth

Children and youth of all ages at First Baptist are welcomed and loved, and we value their insights and their gifts. They join with the whole church in being taught and nurtured in Christian faith through worship, Bible study, service and fellowship.


Join With Us!

We welcome any and all to join us as we “strive to be steadfast and joyful Christians continually seeking to understand and proclaim God’s unfolding Word.” We invite you to come and be a part of this community, as we learn what it means to follow Christ.


Jesus said, “Follow me.” Everything we do as a church is an attempt to do just that. We do our best to create an environment of learning that nurtures our hearts and challenges our minds.

Our History

First Baptist Church of Dayton was founded on May 29, 1824. Read about the path that led us to where we are today.

Our team of Pastors

The Rev. Dr. Kent Berghuis

Lead Pastor

The Rev. Jason Alspaugh

Associate Pastor for Children & Youth

The Rev. David Coggins

Assistant Pastor for Pastoral Care

Contact Us

Phone (937) 222-4691 / Email: fbc@fbcdayton.org

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