A Member of the American Baptist Churches, USA


First Baptist Church
210 South 5th Street
Reading, PA 19602

Rev. Dr. Michael Hall

Church Secretary
Angie Nusbaum

Winter Hours
Sunday School - 9:30am Worship Service - 10:45am
Summer Hours
(the first Sunday in June thru the first Sunday in September)
Sunday School - 9:00am Worship Service - 10:00am


Choral Director
Scott Schwartz

Bell Choir Director
Kathy Seltzer

Vicky Morici

Parish Nurse
Jean Smith

Manuel Rivera

Outreach to our Community

At First Baptist Church we believe we are located in downtown Reading for a purpose. This sense of calling to the city prompts us to reach out to our mostly-hispanic neighborhood in several important ways:

Homework Study Program

First Baptist Church enjoys a special relationship with the local Tyson-Schoener Elementary School. For the past 17 years students come twice a week after school for help with their homework. Adult and student tutors give personal attention to each student in reading and math. Students also enjoy a snack, and are rewarded with computer time or craft activity when their homework is completed. Student tutors come from the local Southwest Middle School and St. Peter's Catholic School. Adult volunteers are recruited from the congregation and other community groups. Most of the children served are Hispanic. This season's program will run Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and continue throughout the school year. Volunteers are needed. Background checks are mandatory. Contact Sylvia Krallis to offer your time and care for these precious first and second graders.

Sharing our Facilities

First Baptist shares our chapel and other facilities with two Hispanic congregations:
Casa del Alfarero - Pastor Rev. Frank Gonzalea


Concilio Internacional "El Elyon" - Pastor Esteban Melendez



Annual "Giveaway Day"

(formerly known as "Free Yard Sale")

Each summer we solicit clothing, household goods, toys, furniture and other items to be given to the community. On the appointed day, our neighbors are invited to take what they need from tables heavy with donations from members of the congregation.

Vacation Bible School

Every July we offer a week-long Vacation Bible School for the children of our community. We partner with other local congregations to teach the Bible, enjoy crafts and refreshments, learn songs of faith, and have an annual "Water Night" when everyone gets wet!