Seeking to live out the good news of God’s love for all people


We are saddened to share that our beloved friend and longtime church family member Rev. Dr. Norman Gottwald passed away Friday evening, March 11, 2022. He died peacefully at home, full of years, surrounded by family and great love. His scholarly accomplishments are known throughout the world, and his challenging and encouraging teaching to innumerable students across several generations; but we will always remember his good cheer and endless delight in human interaction, the warmth of his friendship, and his generosity of spirit.

A memorial service is planned for
August 6, 2022, 2:00 pm via Zoom.
Contact Pastor Hall at neh@amural.com for details.

We praise God for the gift of Norman’s ninety-five years, and for his presence in our lives. Well done, good and faithful servant!

Blessings,

Rev. Dr. Nancy Hall, Pastor
First Baptist Church of Berkeley




We are a vibrant and intimate family of faith, joyfully inclusive of all who come into our midst, and seeking to live out the Good News of God's love for all people. We cherish the following distinctively Baptist freedoms:

  • Soul freedom
  • Church freedom
  • Bible freedom
  • Religious freedom

Dedicated to worshiping God and to encouraging spiritual growth, we strive to provide each person the space to explore what he or she needs in order to grow in an understanding of God. We believe that all persons are an essential part of the body of Christ, whatever their gifts, and we encourage our members to preach, to lead worship, and to teach. Above all, we support each other in our spiritual and life journeys, that we may become ever more the people God created us to be.

The First Baptist Church of
Berkeley, California, has retired

After 133 years of faithful service,
our doors have closed.
We thank God for all those who,
starting on June 16, 1889,
went before us,
with hearts and minds open
to the promptings of the Spirit
for ever-changing times,
and we rejoice at having had
the opportunity to continue the journey.
Thank you to all who have passed through our doors along the way!
·
soli deo gloria


A Welcoming and Affirming Congregation
·
Member of
American Baptist Churches, USA
and
Evergreen Association of ABC-USA
·
First Baptist Church of Berkeley
at Berkeley School of Theology
2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704