Our church steadfastly proclaims the love and inclusiveness of Jesus Christ for all who accept Him.
Who founded the American Baptist Churches USA?
We follow in the footsteps of not only Roger Williams, the founder of the Baptist Movement in America, but also many history-shaping theologians who came after him, including May Jones, our first woman minister ordained in 1882, as well as the founder of Social Gospel Walter Rauschenbusch and the civil rights leaders John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We invite you to take a moment to further explore our denomination by visiting our national headquarters website at ABC-USA.
Though we are the first and oldest Baptist denomination in America, we are smaller in number than several of the more prominent Baptist groups. American Baptists are the only denomination in America in which there is no racial majority.
American Baptists are known for our passion for mission as we have one of the most energetic and effective mission organizations serving around the world and throughout the USA. We are also known for open communion and open membership and for ecumenical and interfaith cooperation.
We believe in a gospel rooted in personal evangelism and in social justice and peace.
What is the vision for our American Baptist Church here in KC?
Our vision is that we will seek to embody love: God at work in and through our lives.
This congregational vision is realized through the grace of our God and our meaningful worship, Bible studies, generational / inter-generational and small group ministries, church retreats, sharing faith journeys, leadership development, an environment open to questions and discovery, and by being a place for anyone and everyone to believe, belong, and become.
Both as individual followers and as a local body of Christ, we will seek and strive to be welcoming, enabling, encountering, advocating, and inviting disciples. In short, we will seek to envision love: God at work in and through our lives.