Identity, Vision and Mission

Statement of Identity


“Claimed by Christ…Committed to Community…Called to Serve.”


Lake Avenue Baptist Church is a Christ-centered, evolving, diverse, urban, multi-national congregation of gifted and caring people. We welcome, unconditionally, all seekers of Christ’s love and direction: women, men, children, youth; people of diverse ages, races, histories, abilities and sexual orientation. We are spiritually and scripturally-based and seek creative, meaningful and inspirational worship experiences. We are American Baptist, mission-oriented, multi-cultural, multi-lingual with a historically strong neighborhood and ecumenical commitment. We are:


Claimed by Christ: We are God’s own and are not here by chance. We open ourselves to God’s Light and Love. We look to the Bible for guidance, and we respond to Christ’s call to discipleship.


Committed to Community: As members of Christ’s Body, we affirm one another as family. We gather for worship, nurture, healing, and spiritual growth. We build an open community through respectful, caring relationships. With our denominational brothers and sisters, we uphold Baptist principles, including soul freedom and local church autonomy. We nurture strong ecumenical and interfaith ties.


Called to Serve: We respond to Christ’s call by sharing our gifts in acts of service. We embody the spirit of the Gospel in our daily lives. We reach out as a church to our neighborhood, our city, and beyond. We go into the world to do justice, make peace, and share God’s love.


Vision Statement


Founded as a “memorial to peace,” we the people of Lake Avenue Baptist Church dedicate ourselves to a future of Christ’s peace with unconditional love that welcomes all, changes lives, and creates a meaningful and powerful impact on our community and world.


Mission Statement


The people of Lake Avenue Baptist Church serve God by serving others through ministries that mold an authentically diverse faith community. We are supported in these efforts by inspirational worship, creative Christian education, intentional mission, and faithful stewardship of all our various resources.


72 Ambrose Street

Rochester, NY, 14608