Our Story

What is 'Our Story?'

The Frederick Church of the Brethren is a dynamic congregation with deep roots in the Frederick, Maryland, community. Founded in 1880, our congregation began as an outreach effort of the Bush Creek Church of the Brethren in Monrovia, Maryland. We are a part of one of the oldest denominations in the U.S., the Church of the Brethren, which has a rich heritage of being the body of Christ to all people.  Our church has been rooted in Frederick city since its inception and has been marked by a number of visionary pastors and members who seek to share the gospel with the Frederick community and beyond.  Our congregation has grown steadily to its current size of over 1,200 members of varied backgrounds and ages. Currently, we average just under 1,000 persons in weekend worship.  Building on our rich heritage, our desire is to share the love of Jesus.  It is our prayer that we indeed will be a place of welcome for all people. For we believe God wishes for more and more of His children to experience the body of Christ, knowing His power and transformation.  We hope that you will be a part of this story, as together, we write new chapters for Jesus!

What is FCOB's Mission, Vision, Core Values?

Mission: The Frederick Church of the Brethren is a place of welcome, where people find peace, purpose and power through Jesus Christ.
Vision: We will multiply the number of persons turning to Jesus Christ by multiplying the number of opportunities for spiritual growth and Biblical outreach.
Core Values: Passionate faith (Philippians 3:12-14); Rich heritage (2 Timothy 1:4-7); Loving fellowship (I Peter 1:22-23); Practical witness (James 2:14-17)

To read the full version of our mission, vision and core values please visit our page linked here.


See how we lived out our mission, vision and values last year in our 2016 Annual Report.

Our current Strategic Plan, Forward Together!, was updated in 2014 and can be found here as the complete document.

What are FCOB's basic beliefs?

The Frederick Church of the Brethren...

1. Is founded upon the faith that there is but one God, who in holy love creates, sustains, and orders all.
2. Confesses Jesus Christ as the Lord of the church and of all life.
3. Believes that the Holy Spirit is at work in the hearts and minds of believers, creating and sustaining the church through the Gospel, giving guidance and comfort -- uniting believers with their Lord and with one another.
4. Believes that the scriptures are the inspired word of God, maintaining the New Testament as its creed and rule of faith. All of the Holy Scriptures record God's search for humankind, which is culminated in God's redemptive act in and through Christ. Through His Holy Word, God still speaks and continues to accomplish his redemptive purpose.
5. Believes that the Gospel is the good news that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto him. Through the Gospel, God's sovereign will and Christ's redeeming grace are revealed.
6. Holds that the church is the body of Christ and is under the Lord's mandate to be faithful in accepting and transmitting the Gospel by word and deed.
7. Considers that all members of the congregation -- of the body of believers -- are responsible for the total ministry of the church.
8. Accepts the ministry of the church to be the proclamation and fulfillment of the Gospel for all people and the nurture of the individual believers in the Christian faith and life.