Installation Service for New Pastor

Sunday, September 19, at 2PM.
In-person: 518 N. Franklin Ave., Madison (masks and social distancing required)

Livestreaming options:

Questions: Call 608-233-1880

First Baptist Church of Madison continues its 170-year history of building a Christ-centered and socially active community as it installs its new pastor, the Rev. Tim Schaefer, on Sunday, September 19th.

Reflecting on his role as pastor, Rev. Schaefer said, “As Christians, I believe strongly that we are called by God to love unconditionally, to bring healing and wholeness to the world, to practice inclusion and celebrate diversity, and to challenge unjust systems through our mission and social justice work. These are among the many values that First Baptist embodies as a congregation.”

Before starting work at First Baptist in November 2020, Rev. Schaefer served as the Minister to Youth at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, where he was ordained in May 2019. Rev. Schaefer earned his Master of Divinity degree with a certificate in sexual and gender justice from Brite Divinity School. As a member of the Royal Lane ministry team, he was actively involved in social justice advocacy before the Texas legislature. He planned and led educational opportunities for the church and the local community on racial justice, human sexuality, suicide prevention, and gun violence. Rev. Schaefer is joined in Madison by his husband, John Duncan.

The installation message will be given by Tim’s father, Rev. Frank Schaefer, pastor, University United Methodist Church, Isla Vista, California. The installation will be led by Rev. Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, Assistant General Secretary for Mission Resource Development, American Baptist Churches USA, with participation by various ministry partners and members of First Baptist Church.

Please join us in-person or via livestream! This service is open to the public.

Invitation to Meet and Greet

Are you new to Madison?  Just visited First Baptist Church through our Sunday worship services?  Want to know more about who we are and what we do?  We extend this invite:

“Meet and Greet”

7/10, 10 AM

La Brioche Restaurant, 2862 University Ave.

Please join us for coffee, pastries and a casual time of fellowship – just look for a friendly face by the front door with a sign that says “FBC”.  Please RSVP ( by the Thursday prior to each meeting so we will know how many to plan for.

We will be hosting these regularly on the 2nd Saturday of each month, same location and time, until we deem it safe to meet in our church again.   This will be posted on the church website and Sunday morning bulletins.  We are so happy to be able to meet you our visitors in person and welcome this time together.

Pastor Tim Schaefer

Mary Fiore (deacon chair)

FBC in the news on Christmas Day

A condensed version of Pastor Tim’s message on the first Sunday of Advent is included in this article in the Christmas Day issue of the Wisconsin State Journal. Also note the piece by Jenny Arneson, daughter of Ken and Jan Arneson. The influence of First Baptist shows up in Madison in many ways.

Worship at First Baptist Church of Madison

Join us for worship at 10:30 AM every Sunday morning!

Beginning July 25th, we will transition to a hybrid worship model. We invite you to join us in person or online.


If you choose to join us for in-person worship, we ask that you follow our COVID-19 safety guidelines as outlined below.

Guidelines for worship attendees:

  • If you’re not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Please wear a mask when entering and exiting the church.
  • PLEASE, if you are unvaccinated, wear a mask. Masks are strongly recommended, but optional for the vaccinated during worship.
  • Touchless sanitizer stations will be available at main entrances and sanctuary doors.
  • Please follow signage to make your way to your seats.
  • Distancing is required — use only seats marked with bulletins and avoid physical contact.
  • Persons with disabilities are welcome (designated wheelchair seating is available).
  • Children are welcome but must sit with their family (no nursery childcare will be available at this time).
  • Please wait until you are outside to eat or drink. (Communion will be offered in individual pre-packaged servings).
  • Congregational singing will be disallowed until it’s deemed safe (our musicians will lead singing until then).
  • Dismissal will be by ushers one row at a time.
  • Fellowship time will be outdoors only. Please avoid physical touching (please wave to everyone).
  • Please share feedback on your experience either via email or a comment card found near an exit.


There are 3 ways to join our live virtual worship.

On our Church Online platform –
On our YouTube channel –
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