Some people just know us as “that church with the dome,” and if you’re downtown, it’s hard to miss our landmark building, designed by renowned architect Douglas Ellington in the mid-1920’s. What about the church that meets under the dome? What are we like?
First, our middle name Baptist means freedom.
We invite people to make up their own minds about God and faith, and to do it at their own pace. We welcome the freedom to use the mind as a gift from God to ask questions, to debate, and, even, to doubt. Freedom means equality between men and women, older and younger, rich and poor. Freedom gives hope as one comes back from heartbreak and failure or lets go of guilt and fear.
Freedom welcomes us into being and becoming all God made us to be. In living out this freedom alongside other Baptists, our church partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a network of Baptists who are committed to freedom, diversity, and meeting human needs in the name of Jesus.
We’re convinced that God loves everyone—the whole world and each person in it. All people deserve our respect and love, so our arms and hearts are open to young and old, rich and poor, longtime Christians and seekers after faith. We’re trying to live in our world like Jesus lived in his, accepting everyone and serving our neighbors, community, and world.
But, there is so much more to this community at the corner of Oak and Charlotte. Come and share in our journey as followers of Jesus. Tell us your story. In the practice of loving one another and God, we can find ways to live and serve together.
Vacation Bible School - Rolling River Rampage Rising 1st - Rising 6th graders are invited to join us for Vacation Bible School in June! “VBS” is a great way for kids to learn about God in a fun, activity-filled environment here at First Baptist Church of Asheville....read more
Asheville Youth Choirs are community choirs open to children and youth in Kindergarten – 12th grade. The Asheville Youth Choirs include the High School Chorale (grades 9-12), the Middle School Chorale (grades 7-8), the Concert Choir (grades 3-6) and the Prelude Choir...read more
First Baptist Church of Asheville’s wonderful tradition of “Y’all Come” music groups forming during the summer will continue this year. These groups assemble, rehearse, and lead in worship on a per-Sunday basis. Rehearsals are at 9:00 a.m. and the groups lead in the...read more
This summer, our congregation is hosting a summer program for refugee students who are rising high school seniors. We anticipate twelve students (six men/six women) from the following countries: Haiti, Burundi, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan,...read more
Great news! On June 10, we signed on 61 folks to help on our Habitat sites for October 13. Way to volunteer! We are now signing friends on as alternates and others to help at the Habitat Restore. Sign up now to work with Habitat for Humanity in Buncombe and Madison...read more
For me, there is nothing better that sitting on the front porch on a summer morning, sipping on a good cup of coffee, and reading a book that inspires or challenges me. Reading as a spiritual practice helps me grow as a person, expands my views in life, and gives me...read more