We’re convinced that our purpose on this earth is to glorify God. Our hope is that you would discover this purpose for your life. All of us have deep longings in our hearts. Tragically, many of us have believed that satisfying these desires is the path to a happy life.
The truth is, however, that this searching ultimately comes up empty. True fulfillment is only found in a personal relationship with the One who created you, Jesus Christ. Our prayer for you is that you will share with us in this experience of a deeply satisfying life in Jesus Christ.
We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message (2000), which you can read here.
First Baptist Church Brooklyn is in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention internationally, the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware regionally, and the Baltimore Baptist Association locally.
Our members are committed to a membership covenant, which you can read here.
Pastor Ronjour grew up in southern Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington Bible College and a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. With experience in both local church and educational ministries, Pastor Ronjour has a passion for making disciples through the preaching, teaching and counseling of God’s word. He is married to Anne, and they have two sons, Joshua and Noah, and two daughters, Mikaiya and Naomi.
Elder & Music Director
In 1912, Riverside Baptist Church established a “mission station” in Brooklyn. On June 1, 1916, that mission became the First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, with 35 members and a pastor named James Ford. They met in a small house on Annapolis Ave (now Annabel Ave) near 4th Street.
By 1920, the church had bought land and built a 150-seat sanctuary. From its beginnings, the church has been active in supporting missionaries.
First Baptist has been blessed with many faithful pastors, the longest-serving of which was E. C. Dean, who pastored for 23 years. The current sanctuary was built in 1945, and the education building was built in 1975. In the late 50s, First Baptist planted a church in Glen Burnie (now called North Glen Community Church). Throughout the 80s and 90s, First Baptist became known for its men's and women's musical ensembles.
In January 2012, Ronjour Locke moved to Brooklyn, with his wife Annie and their children, to serve as pastor of First Baptist Brooklyn. In 2013, the congregation affirmed new elders, a new constitution, and a new mission: "We exist to display and declare the greatness of Christ in all of life, that all may delight in the glory of God." God is still graciously at work among us!
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