We are an American Baptist Community with a history of mission, ministry, and fellowship that has guided First Baptist Church for over 138 years. We are an Open and Affirming Church Community who believes in Loving Everyone – No Exceptions!
Loving Everyone – No Exceptions is not just a slogan, it’s a Creed and a bold challenge at FBC Loveland to follow Jesus as a lifestyle.
We are AMERICAN Baptists, yes are Welcoming and Affirming, yes we are liturgical, yes women can be clergy, yes people of color, of different beliefs of different cultural social or economic strata are embraced, yes, Yes, YES, we say, to God, to Christ, to the Holy Spirit, to our neighbors and our community.
This church will be 139 years old in September and is making strides to equip itself for the next century . We strive toward authentic spirituality over religion through silent prayer, glorious music and stressing the concept of love instead of comparison or judgement. You’ll be pleased when you visitor!
In 1879 the founding families met in homes. Prior to 1900 worship started in a building at Fourth Street and Jefferson in Loveland. As there was no baptistry in the church, members were baptized in the Big Thompson River near the old St. Louis Bridge. In 1904 a new church building was completed at Sixth and Cleveland during the pastorate of Reverend Frank L. Rozelle. Membership grew with the community and in December 1959 the congregation moved to the current building at Sixth and Douglas Street. The Reverend Francis K. Hauseman was the pastor at that time. The sanctuary was completed in March 1965. In honor of the many years of Rev. Hauseman’s service to our church, Hauseman Hall, our fellowship center, was dedicated in his memory. Following his service to our church has been the pastorates of Rev. Ted Nutting and Rev. Ross Sackman. In 1988 Rev. John B. K. Turnage accepted the call to become our pastor. Until 2018 we had the pleasure of his family being a central part of our church family.
FBC Loveland began a new chapter in February 2019 when we selected Rev. Eric Whitfield to be our Interim Pastor. Eric brings a wealth of experience to our church to help us determine our next steps to be an authentically spiritual church.
1003 W. 6th Ave, Loveland, CO 80537 Location: Directions & Map
Pastor Eric Whitfield