About Us

Who we are

Here’s the deal, Friendship Pasadena cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. Friendship is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

Where we come from

Friendship Pasadena was founded in September 1893 and has been recognized as one of the oldest congregations in the city of Pasadena. Officially named Friendship Baptist Church, it was the first African American Baptist Church in the city and for many years had the largest membership. Throughout history, Friendship has played an important religious and civic role in Pasadena.

In 1996, Rev. Lucious W. Smith became the 16th Pastor of Friendship, and the Church embarked on a journey of physical and spiritual restoration. A complete renovation of the building enabled the Church to provide its community with relevant, life-changing ministries that seek to reach everyone.

Our history has brought us thus far on our journey, and our future is the canvas upon which the Lord will paint His ultimate purpose. What once was an African American neighborhood has become the center of growth and economic promise in Pasadena and Friendship Pasadena remains at the center of it all.

Since our ground-breaking ceremony in March of 1925, Friendship has stood prominently for over 90 years as one of the visible landmark churches in Pasadena. Friendship Pasadena is the first African-American-related cultural landmark designated in Pasadena; recognized as a State of California landmark, and in 1978 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the United States of America.

Where we’re headed

More than ever, Friendship Pasadena is committed to fostering a family built around hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you’re always welcome at Friendship Pasadena. We’re saving a seat for you. Wherever you’re at in your faith journey, you’ll always be accepted as part of the Friendship family.

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