We are an inclusive faith community.

Worship is at the center of our life.
Worship that touches the mind, heart and soul follows Christ into the world.
Worship that blends both the traditional and the contemporary.

We seek to nourish a thoughtful, maturing faith.
We offer all ages opportunities to explore and deepen their faith. Our focus is learning what it means to be a disciple of Christ in today’s world.

We are committed to Christ’s ministries of justice and peace
through Service, Dialogue, and Action.

We are ecumenical.
We stand beside and work with Christian sisters and brothers and with sisters and brothers of other Faiths in our community and throughout the nation and world.

We are a diverse congregation.
We bring a diversity of denominational backgrounds.
We come from a diversity of communities
from San Jose to Belmont.

We are a progressive Baptist Church
affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA.
We have been in Palo Alto since 1893.
We celebrate our Baptist heritage.

We affirm the historic Baptist tenets of:
Bible Freedom
Soul Freedom
Church Freedom
Religious Freedom

staff Leaders

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Rev. Dr. Randle (Rick) Mixon

Pastor Rick has been Senior Minister of First Baptist Church, Palo Alto since 2006. Previously, he served pastorates at Dolores Street Baptist Church in San Francisco and the First Baptist Church of Granville, Ohio. In addition to his ministerial training, he holds a Ph. D. in religion and psychology from the Graduate Theological Union and worked for many years as a psychotherapist and adjunct faculty at Holy Names College (Oakland), Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley) and Saybrook Graduate School in Humanistic Psychology (San Francisco.)

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Betsy Anderson

Church Administrator and Building Manager

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Jan Gunderson

Music Director