Church News


September 2017


Fall Sermon Series

Join Pastor Tim this Autumn with the wonderful sermon series Abraham: A Journey of Faith. All are welcome to attend, and you can join the church at any point in the series, so mark your calendars and join in this coming Sunday!


May 2017

parables of jesus

Spring & Summer Sermon Series

Join us as Pastor Tim delves into the Parables of Jesus. This amazing series looks at the life lessons from the stories Jesus told, and all are welcome to attend.


May 2017

chalk artist jim ellsmore

Special Guest:  Chalk Artist Jim Ellsmore

Sunday, July 9th at 10:30am

Come and visit for a wonderful service featuring the amazing chalk art of Jim Ellsmore. Following worship service please join us for ice-cream sundaes.


April 2017

gospel groove

Coffeehouse featuring Gospel Groove Band

Friday, May 5th at 7pm

Our musical guest is the Gospel Groove Band, out of the St. Andrew's Church in Burt. Pizza will be available and there will be free brownies and beverages. This should be a fun night and something different than what we have had so far (we like variety). Please share this information with friends and plan on being with us!


January 2017

winter sermon series

Winter Sermon Series

The Unshakable Truth: How you can experience the 12 essentials of relevant faith.



November 2016

holiday services

Holiday Services

Hanging of the Greens: November 27, 10:30 AM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: December 24, 7:00 PM

Christmas Day Service: December 25, 10:30 AM


October 2016


Coffeehouse featuring Puneet Jacob

Friday, October 21, 7:00 PM in Memorial Hall

Our musical guest is Puneet Jacob, who plays acoustic guitar and sings his own (and other's) compositions. Please mark your calendar, and do spread the word! Let us fill the hall with sounds of friendship and joy! Free parking is on both sides of the church as well as on the street.

Admission is free as are the coffee and baked items. Pizza will be available too. Donations accepted. Visit our Facebook event page here.



June 2016


Free Outdoor Concert starring Elmwood Drive

Friday, June 24th at 7:00 PM

Pizza and beverages available. Rain or shine, if rain we will meet inside.


February 2016


St. Patrick's Coffeehouse

Friday, March 11th at 7:00 PM

Musical performance by Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz

Free admission, beverages and cookies. Pizza available for $1/slice.



February 2016

St. Patrick's Coffeehouse

About 75 people attended the first coffeehouse of the First Baptist Church to hear contemporary band Soul Esteem on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. The event was held in the large wooden floored Memorial Hall of the church.

Before band leader Tim Aikin experienced a spiritual transformation, he played in area bar bands. He has a master's degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Other band members include Bob Schwab, Jess Smith, and Brian MacQueen. The event and food (pizza, Christmas cookies, and beverages) were provided free, donation-basis. The group's recent album, Seven Songs for the Sabbath, was available.

Other coffeehouse events are anticipated for 2016.


February 2016


Christmas Coffeehouse featuring Soul Esteem

Friday, December 11th at 7:30 PM

Performance and food are free. Donations accepted.


May 24, 2015

Saying Farewell to Pastor Judy Craik

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We are so glad that God chose to send you to guide us in the season if our transition. This “in-between” time was a time for us to celebrate and discover God’s blessings. It was an opportunity for our church to reflect, to learn and to grow; a time for us to come together as God’s people. We are very grateful to the Lord for the time He put you into our hands and our hearts.

Although it will be hard to see you go, we are thankful for you and your ministry. It is our prayer for you that God will bless you richly as He has blessed us through you.


May 2015


First Baptist Church of Newfane Welcomes our New Pastor

He will be arriving June 7, 2015

Meet Pastor Timothy Schultz

Pastor Timothy Schultz was born in Buffalo, NY, where he returned in early adulthood to serve in various ministries, including directing a Christian coffeehouse in the Allentown section of the city. He traces his early faith to a personal encounter with Christ at a summer camp when he was a child.

Both of his parents grew up Baptist and Tim spent much of his childhood and teen years attending Baptist churches. The family also attended Mennonite and Assemblies of God churches. While living on “the Ridge” near Johnson Creek- from where his parents traveled as antiques dealers- Tim dedicated his life to ministry and began training at Elim Bible Institute following graduation from Royalton-Hartland High School in Middleport.

In addition to Roy-Hart, Tim is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where he received the MDiv. Degree. He also studied at Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer).

For much of his ministry career he has been a pastor in small churches, and he currently serves the Monroeville Church of the Brethren near Pittsburgh.

In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time at libraries, bookstores, parks, restaurants, and doing outdoor work. His home base when returning to Western New York is Clarence.


April 2015

Article in the Union Sun & Journal

First Baptist parishioners reach out to those in need in Newfane

April 10, 2015

by Julie Obermiller

In the hamlet of Newfane stands a cobblestone church with a big red door. While the door wasn’t part of the original building in 1843, it has long served as a beacon for those hungering for the faith experience of the First Baptist Church community. It is also a beacon for those hungering for their daily bread.

About a decade ago, the food pantry in Olcott, which was serving the Migrant Ministries, was moved to First Baptist. The pantry continues to serve local families and is undergoing a transformation under director Linda Peace.

The local population swells in summer as migrant farm workers and their families come to stay and work. They are working 12-hour shifts preparing local fruit trees and farms for the season, and have not yet started collecting paychecks.

This past week, Peace extended the hours of the pantry as families came out to register for assistance. The pantry is now open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday. more