Known as “OTR” for short, our neighborhood is believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. Largely settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, our neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. OTR is filled with people from all walks of life; from the homeless to the upwardly mobile, our corner of the city continues to be a center of culture and diversity. OTR could also be called Cincinnati’s arts district with its many theaters, schools, and galleries.


First has always been a place for the community to gather. The arts are cause to gather and experience the creative uniqueness God has blessed us with. We have been blessed in recent years to host a variety of events from Fringe Fest, Saengerfest, Cincinnati Opera, Constella Festival, St. Thomas More Bach Ensemble, Queen City Concert Band, Chatfield OTR Choir, Pones Dance, Young Professional Choral rehearsals, to Good People Theater. If you are looking for a place to hold rehearsals or offer a concert please contact us. (513) 421-0065

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The purpose of First is to


We are a beautiful collection of people from all corners of the city. We are single, married, widowed, and divorced. We are day laborers, artists, construction workers, professionals, unemployed, children of all ages, and stay-at- home parents. Above all, we are all beggars needing the love and grace of God found in Jesus.

Wherever you are on your faith journey, whether you are committed to following Jesus Christ, are skeptical, or are just mildly curious about Christianity, we welcome you.

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Worship: Sundays @ 11 AM

Coffee and Fellowship @ 12:15 PM



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Cincinnati, OH 45202

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