Seattle First Baptist Church

We are a Welcoming and Affirming American Baptist church.

Seattle First Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church and part of the Evergreen Association. We are a Welcoming and Affirming Congregation and have a rich history of living into our progressive Christian values. While rooted in this tradition we also strive to walk God's path in this 21st century society.

Sermon: "You’re My Home"

Pastor Tim Phillips brought us a Homecoming message to remember on Sunday, Sep. 10: "You're My Home" - the first of six messages on the theme "Living Our Values."

Place matters. “I go to prepare a place for you,” Jesus says.

This place where we are sitting right now has been prepared for us.
It’s a place prepared for us by our ancestors who ordained the first woman, May Jones, in 1869.
It’s a place prepared for us by our ancestors who stood with Chinese immigrants and against the internment of Japanese sisters and brothers.

It’s a place prepared for us by our ancestors who had a vision for housing low-income seniors at another place, Hilltop House.

It’s a place prepared for us by our ancestors who have been marrying same-sex couples for almost 40 years and who made a home for Diverse Harmony, the country’s first queer-straight youth chorus.

It’s a place prepared for us by our ancestor, Charles Z. Smith who did his best to break down the barriers of race and class.

This place has been prepared for us. And by preparing this place, even in their absence, those beloved ones are still present with us.

Be sure to listen to some fantastic music from Homecoming Sunday on our website:

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Rev. Tim Phillips, preaching, Homecoming Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sacred Circle

We all need art and inspiration in our lives. Lupe Carlos III offers us both in our latest blog:

#SeattleFirstBaptist By Lupe Carlos III I am a cherished child Chasing lazy grasshoppers in a wild meadow Under the dazzling turquoise sky My mind is a library lined with hundreds of rows and thousands of books...

Living Our Values: #1 - Be Present

Homecoming is this Sunday, Sep. 10. Join us as we explore our theme, "Living Our Values."


Amy and Geoffrey Boers shared this amazing musical story with us on Sunday.

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~ James Taylor, Amy and Geoffrey Boers

Meditation: "Intersectionality"

For a Labor Day lesson, watch this inspiring sermon from Pastor Tim Phillips, "Intersectionality."

Frankly, I’m tired of the narrative of polarization. I know America is divided. I know that there is real hatred and real economic inequality and a real impasse when it comes to the various visions for our country. But I’m tired of polarization as some kind of excuse for us to give up on each other.

I want to feed my soul with the stories about intersections – about people finding their connections. I want feel-good, heartwarming stories where two or more groups, seemingly worlds apart, discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

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Rev. Tim Phillips, preaching, September 3, 2017

Response to Hurricane Harvey

In our blog - a response to Hurricane Harvey...

#SeattleFirstBaptist #PastorTimPhillips From Pastor Tim Phillips The crisis in Texas and Louisiana is only beginning. Many of us are trying to figure out how to be helpful as an extension of our prayers. All indications are that the...

The Time for Turning

Fall might not be in the air just yet, but change definitely is. The Sanctuary Choir made a special appearance during worship on Sunday following their retreat, and sang this song about change: "The Time for Turning" by Craig Courtney. The choir is led by interim directors Amy and Geoffrey Boers.

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The Sanctuary Choir Amy and Geoffrey Boers, interim directors

Sermon: "Rocks & Keys"

Our pastors have been on a blistering hot streak with sermons, and Theologian in Residence Patricia Hunter continued the streak on Sunday with her sermon, "Rocks and Keys." Read it, watch it, share it, live it!

What we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and what we loose on earth will be loosed even in heaven—love, grace, mercy, acceptance, joy, forgiveness, patience, kindness, gentleness, and peace. These need to be unleashed in every town and village—on every street and boulevard—and on every hill and mountain. We have the power to heal broken hearts, broken bodies, and broken spirits.

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Rev. Dr. Patricia Hunter, preaching August 27, 2017

Members of the Sanctuary Choir gathered for a one-day retreat at SFBC. Interim directors Amy and Geoffrey Boers led rehearsals, with the support of accompanist April Kuhr. Members of the choir led other activities throughout the day.

The choir will sing in service today, and returns to its weekly singing on Homecoming Sunday, Sep. 10.

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Living Our Values: #1 - Be Present




1111 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Friday 8am - 4pm
Sunday 9:30am - 12pm
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