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About Us

History

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

Hebrews 12:1

One of the first protestant churches in California, First Baptist Church of San Francisco was dedicated on August 5, 1849. God has worked powerfully in the past of this church and we give thanks for the men and women of faith who laid the foundation on which we build. We rejoice in our past and look forward with faith that the best years of this church are in the future!

For more details about our history, download the following documents.

  • Edifices (The story of the buildings of FBCSF 1849-2009)
  • Profiles (The stories of the Pastors who have led this church: 1849-2010)
  • For an account of the very beginnings of First Baptist of San Francisco in the words of the Baptist pioneer missionary who came to be the first pastor in 1849, follow this link: "Story of the Early Baptist History in Californiaā€¯ by Dr. O.C. Wheeler.

    We also have a history room in the church with atrifacts and documents from our history. If you would like to visit the history room or learn more about FBCSF's rich history please contact Miriam Peterson or Gwen Gilbo through the church office.