First Haitian Baptist Church of Canarsie exists to be a Christ centered church, dedicated to the development of the church and the community around us, as we engage in our commitment to glorify God, transform lives and impact New York City and the world through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These values serve as the foundation of our ministry and all that we stand for as a church.
First Haitian Baptist Church of Canarsie is located on Ave L in the heart of Canarsie. The church was founded in March, 1999 by Rev. Joseph Victor. It started out as a church planting endeavor, in response to the growing need of the Haitians and West Indians who were moving into the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. We began meeting in a store front building, but as our worship attendance grew and more ministries were formed, we soon outgrew our building. Three years later we purchase our own building, with adequate space to meet the growing needs of our members.
We are a Haitian American Church, seeking to minister the unchanging Gospel to both Haitians and English speaking people in our community, the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. We began as a French speaking/Haitian Creole congregation, but in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we are now expanding our ministries to reach the West Indian and other English speaking people in our community, whom the Lord, in His providence, has landed on our door step.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the infallible, authoritative Word of God
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. We believe the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to power and glory. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, is accompanied by all other saving grace, and leads to a life of holiness.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ. We believe that all redeemed ones are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. We believe that in the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; that this blessed hope has a purifying influence on the personal life of the believer. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches, He has given needful authority for administering the order, discipline, and worship, which He has appointed. We believe that the Great Commission is a mandate to every believer to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature.
Our Core Values
We seek to provide a worship environment that is engaging and facilitate a spiritual transformation for all who attend.
We stand on the truth of God’s Word. Spiritual growth through the teaching and studying of God’s word is a high priority.
We strongly believe that God has given spiritual gifts to individuals.
We take missions seriously. We seek to participate and contribute to the spreading of God’s love nationally and internationally. We also commit to sharing the Gospel extensively.