At First Church, All Are Welcome

As the first religious congregation in Buffalo, it’s a philosophy we’ve served our community with since 1812.


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First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo

Founded in 1812, First Presbyterian Church was the first faith community in Buffalo. The congregation has worshipped in its magnificent building on Symphony Circle since the late 19th century. Throughout the years, First Church has played a dynamic role in the Buffalo community, and more recently on the West Side. Its ministries and outreach programs have enriched the lives of countless people in need, and its diverse membership has always welcomed people from all walks of life, ethnicities, and races.

Currently, several groups and businesses are located here on Symphony Circle. Houghton College, Explore Buffalo, Native Offerings crop share, and more. 716 Ministries manages the church’s facilities. Another faith community, Village Church, offers Sunday services on the third floor. Sharing such a large and beautiful space is yet another way in which First Church is dedicated to its ministry on the West Side. Despite the increased building usage, however, First Church continues to operate a full schedule of worship services, classes, ministries, missions, and programs for adults and children.

First Church is a part of the Presbyterian Church, USA. It is a Christian Church, in the Reformed Protestant tradition. It is a faith community which celebrates two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. All those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior are welcome to receive Holy Communion here at First Church. Rev. Dr. Kenneth Hughes serves as Pastor and Rev. John R. Long as Parish Associate for Community Outreach.

Our Mission

The mission of historic First Church is to bring diverse people of metropolitan Buffalo together to follow Jesus Christ through worshiping God, fostering spiritual growth and serving the community.

Sunday Schedule

11:00 AM  |  Worship

11:15 AM  |  Sunday School

12:00 PM  |  Fellowship Time


Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Friday, March 9th, 2018

March 11, 2018 Bulletin

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Remembering Mary Tillinghast

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

February 25, 2018 Bulletin

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

February 18, 2018 Bulletin

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Spotlight on our New Jerusalem Window

Friday, February 9th, 2018

February 11, 2018 bulletin

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

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