First Baptist Church of Los Angeles is a Historical Landmark that was founded by eleven followers of Jesus who gathered for worship at the first service of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles under the leadership of the church’s first pastor, Dr. William Hobbs  on Sept. 6, 1874.  As it’s membership grew, First Baptist Church moved to its first official home at the corner of Sixth and Fort Streets in 1884. With just 100 members, the new building was funded by donations from well-known Angelonian families like the Van Nuys’ and Lankershims.

Because of continued growth, FBCLA moved to its current location in 1927; an immense Spanish gothic building with more than 130 rooms.   The church’s new sanctuary seats 1,950 and unlike most Southern California Baptist churches, FBC’s ceiling was patterned after the chapel of the Ducal Palace in Mantova, Italy.  It is one of the most beautiful churches of Los Angeles.  / Get Directions / View the full History of FBCLA

Contact the First Baptist Church of Los AngelesABOUT THE FBCLA TEAM …
The Church Leadership & Staff …
at FBCLA is devoted to leading and building the ministry of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles.

Our staff gives many hours to make sure that the church facilities are maintained and that the congregation is getting the guidance and help when needed.  There is no hand here at First Baptist that is without a friendly smile.  We welcome your support and or suggestions in a collaborative effort to continue improving the experience at The First Baptist Church of Los Angeles.  Contact Us / Meet the Staff


First Baptist Church of Los AngelesABOUT OUR VISION …
The People of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles,
possessA shared vision of a congregation that is international, intercultural, ecumenical and community-serving,
expressed throughHospitality with multiple programs and points of entry based on the “good neighbor” theme,
teachingLove of God and love of others.

~ Matthew 22:38-39,
“You shall love the Lord your God […] You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

~ II Corinthians 5:18-19,
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.”


Church Service TimesABOUT SERVICE TIMES …
Sunday Worship Service:

11:00 am every Sunday / Get Directions
Sunday School:
9:30am every Sunday, (Adults & Youth) …More Info



760 South Westmoreland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA   90005
Cross Streets:  8th & Westmoreland Ave
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Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm
Phone: (213) 384-2151
Fax: (213) 382-9669
email: fbcla@fbcofla.org / Contact Us / Get Directions

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The purpose of the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles is to make God’s love, as it is known in Jesus Christ, present in word and deed.

  • In worship and study we dedicate ourselves to the proclamation of the risen Christ, inviting all to respond in faith and love.
  • In acts of service and missionary outreach we live out God’s love and demonstrate God’s care for all of God’s creation.
  • In fellowship and celebration we recognize that God is building a family of faith in and through us.

In proclamation, in service, in fellowship we are committed to being international interracial, and ecumenical, believing these to be essential expressions of our Christian faith.