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. Memorial plans are pending.

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!


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.

First Baptist Church
of Berkeley, California
Sunday Worship · 11:00 am
Fellowship & refreshments
following worship

A Welcoming and Affirming Congregation
Member of
American Baptist Churches, USA
Evergreen Baptist Association

First Baptist Church of Berkeley
at Berkeley School of Theology
2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704