about our congregation

As a "House of Prayer" we love meeting new people. In our 205th year as a congregation, while we may be small in number, with 40 to 45 people in attendance on a typical Sunday morning, we are blessed to worship in a beautiful large historic sacred place. We have plenty of room for you and invite you to consider making First Baptist your church home. Come, grow in faith! 

First formed in 1812 in downtown Pittsburgh, the congregation moved into this church building in 1912. As a "house of prayer for all people" we are racially and culturally diverse and welcome all seeking to understand their faith or inquiring about Christianity.The First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh is located at the northeast corner of the University of Pittsburgh campus in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, just a few blocks from Carnegie Mellon University and close to both Carlow and Chatham Universities.


We affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA. 

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, 

with approximately 5,000 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members

across the United States and Puerto Rico.


Meet our pastor

Pastor Chuck Fox has been in Christian ministry for over 30 years. He has pastored churches in inner city Philadelphia and the suburbs of Cincinnati. Then in 1999 with his wife and three kids they moved to northern Thailand to serve the Akha Hilltribe people for 18 years, as missionaries with the American Baptist Churches.Chuck, is originally from western Pa., went to University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In Thailand, Chuck enjoyed Bible teaching and equipping local pastors. Also, he worked on clean water projects, evangelism, drug rehabilitation and small agricultural projects. In the states, he has enjoyed equipping the saints for ministry and reaching out to the local neighborhood. For recreation and fun, Chuck enjoys travel, cooking, building pizza ovens and good times with family.

His wife, Ruth Fox, grew up in a missionary family and spent time in Burma and India as a young person. She served overseas as an English teacher in Sendai, Japan in her early twenties. She graduated with a Masters degree from Eastern Baptist Seminary with an interest in missions and counseling. As the family went to Thailand, Ruth helped to establish the The Chiang Rai International Christian School (CRICS.org). She also worked with on educational sponsorships, Akha women leadership development, the Akha Craft project and teaching second grade at CRICS school. Ruth enjoys quality sushi, learning about foreign cultures and digital photography.


    As a "House of Prayer for All People we seek to glorify God in all that we do; to love God and to love and encourage one another. Our mission is Transformation: Transforming lives – through faith – in the risen Chris!

  • our commission

    Through our worship, education and outreach we seek to fulfill the call of Matthew 28:19-20 to make disciples of all peoples and teach them to be faithful in following Christ.

  • our AMBITION

    As messengers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21) we trust that if we help remove barriers God can work the miracle of new life. We promote an atmosphere where differing ideas can be viewed and expressed freely.

  • our position

    As a "house of prayer for all peoples" (Isaiah 56:7) we carry out our ministry in Oakland to people of diverse racial, cultural, and language backgrounds.