First Baptist Church of New Bern thrives as a powerful, beautiful and intergenerational community of believers who take action in building up one another in Christ and equipping one another for ministry within our church family and missionelves and our neighbors. We are affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

What is Our Vision, Mission and Purpose for gathering at First Baptist, New Bern?


First we love.


Seek to love God, others, then self, according to the model of Christ.


Promote the worship of God through the reading and study of the Holy Bible.


The above Vision and Mission and Purpose statements, and their fulfillment is in

accordance with our Constitution under the Article II.


Purpose section:

The Church shall be organized for the purpose of promoting the worship of God through the reading and study of the Holy Bible as the revealed Word of God; teaching and preaching of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; conducting regular services of worship for the spiritual training, development, and benefit of each member; and winning souls to Jesus Christ.

 The Church shall be a dynamic spiritual body, missionary in spirit, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to share Christ with and to minister to as many people as possible in our Church and community, and throughout the world.

 It shall exist to sustain the ordinances, doctrines and ethics set forth in the New Testament for The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to channel its offerings to support the work of the Kingdom of God.

First Baptist Church, located in the heart of historic downtown New Bern, is a part of body of Christ. This is a place where persons can come together within a loving congregation to fashion our lives after Christ’s and to embrace our world with God’s transforming love. We are a people committed to knowing Christ and making Christ known.

Being missional is a fundamental reality of our Christian life together at First Baptist Church. We believe God wants us to make a difference in our neighborhood, country, and world through the faithful use of our time, talents, resources and very lives. We have a long tradition of supporting Christian missions in New Bern and around the world.

Founded May 11, 1809