About Us

Grant Park Church, an American Baptist congregation, has been a fixture in our neighborhood since 1926. We are an open-minded, welcoming congregation that is journeying deeper into the love and knowledge of Christ and inviting all to join us.

Grant Park Church is a place where all are free to grow in their relationship with God, share their experiences, lift up their voice, and be heard. We believe everyone should be free to be who they are in Christ. This means we welcome and celebrate people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, abilities, sexual identities and expressions, political leanings, and religious backgrounds. At Grant Park we believe strength is found in unity not uniformity, so we welcome you, your unique story, and your voice.


For too long members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community (LGBTQ) have been excluded or have felt unwelcome at many churches. At Grant Park Church there are no second-class Christians. All individuals and families are welcome here, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

Members of the LGBTQ community will find us to be a safe, loving, and accepting faith community, where all are respected and encouraged to participate in the full life and mission of our church.

As a church, we celebrate LGBTQ members’ relationships, partnerships, and marriages. Our pastor will happily perform marriage ceremonies for the LGBTQ community. We encourage LGBTQ folks to take on leadership roles in our church, to voice their opinions, and to tell their stories. Although we are a small church, we are seeking creative ways to help and support members of the LGBTQ community. This includes continuing education and fellowship with the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (see below).

To learn more about how we came to be a welcoming and affirming congregation, and how we see our inclusivity as consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, click here.


Our appreciation for freedom comes in large part from our American Baptist heritage, which cherishes and defends freedom of worship for individuals of all faiths. For us, being Baptist is all about the freedom that comes through Christ - freedom to engage with God in a variety of ways, freedom to inquire, freedom to learn, freedom to wrestle with difficult questions, and freedom to hold diverse opinions while uniting for the common good.

As an American Baptist Church we are committed to American Baptist Churches USA nationally and American Baptist Churches of the Central Pacific Coast regionally.

As a church that is committed to the full inclusion of the LGBTQ community, we are also members of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB)


Have more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on the Visitor Page.