Our history

With 13 pioneers as charter members, the Ogden Baptist Church was born in a schoolhouse on May 21, 1819. For several years the little group was unable to support a pastor or have its own house of worship. Elder Ely Stone of Wheatland supplied services held in barns, a log schoolhouse and in homes until about 1824 when a church was built near Ogden Center. In 1832-33 the present white frame church of colonial design was built at what then was known as Colby Corners, now the corner of Colby and Washington Streets, Spencerport. This year was significant as well because Rev. Zenas Case was called to be their pastor and served as the longest tenured pastor in the church’s history.

As with many early churches in our nation in the 1800’s, members were disciplined for dancing, using profanity, attending plays, working on the Sabbath, irregular attendance and other transgressions. Old ways gave way to new and in the 1840s oil lamps replaced candles and in 1853 the interior was extensively remodeled. Unfortunately, two organs were stolen from the church in two years. The first one in 1868 was never recovered. It was replaced by a new organ which disappeared one night in 1870. Eventually, the thief, a local youth, was captured and sent to prison after revealing the hiding place of the stolen organ. The organ was returned to OBC and the music program continues strong to this day. The picturesque edifice has seen many changes over the years. The large belfry and the old horse sheds are no more. A parlor, dining room and Sunday School rooms were added in 1953. 2015-16 saw more renovations with a sanctuary remodel and new roof.

Active mission work includes Cameron Community Ministries, Aurora House, Spencerport Ecumenical Ministries, Fairport Baptist Homes, The Coffee Connection, Camps Vick and Pathfinder, Rochester Refugee Settlement, Habitat for Humanity as well as local support of AA meetings and hospitality to all who enter our building. Vibrant, healthy and committed this one-time small farm community church is now part of the ever-changing landscape both geographically and spiritually growing in ministry and in the Spirit.

In 2019, Ogden Baptist Church turned 200 years old! The D&C wrote an article about Rochester's oldest churches.

Ogden Baptist Church prior to 1933

Our staff

Denise Kagoro


The Rev. Dr. Karma Denise Kagoro currently serves as the senior pastor of Ogden Baptist Church (OBC) located at 721 Washington Street, Spencerport, New York. We are honored to welcome Pastor Denise to the church and community. Above all else, Pastor Denise would like you to know she loves God, her family and the call upon her life to share God’s love with the world.

Pastor Denise holds a Doctor of Ministry, Boston School of Theology; Master of Divinity, Emory University; and Bachelor of Science, Columbus State University. With over twenty years of ministerial experience, Pastor Denise has a heart for preaching, teaching, pastoral care, small church leadership, development, global missions, and church administration. A dynamic practical preacher, Pastor Denise is known for sharing the gospel through the lens of everyday life experiences and application.

Sue Feuerherm

Organist and Choir Director

Sue is the organist and choir director. Sue has been with Ogden Baptist Church since 1988. She was classically trained in piano by her Grandmother, Anna Sorokti. Sue began playing piano when she was 9 years old and has been playing piano and singing in church since she was a teenager. Sue participated in Concert Choir while in high school and Women's Choir in college. She plays piano at the Johnson House in Churchville, Adams Basin United Methodist Church and for weddings and funerals in the community.

"I was so thrilled to be asked to accompany and direct the choir here at Ogden Baptist. It has been a rewarding experience for me. I've learned a lot, made wonderful friends, challenged the choir with some difficult and lovely pieces, and always give them the summers off to recover. One of my dearest and fondest memories was to have the choir sing at Eric's and my wedding. It was Handel's 'Hallelujah Chorus', sung when we were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Eric Feuerherm and I will NEVER forget that moment!"

Min. Dale Shonk

Director of Children's Ministry

Min. Dale is the Director of Children’s Ministry at Ogden Baptist Church and has been a part of the Ogden Baptist family since 2014. She holds an Associates degree in Business Administration with a minor focus in education and psychology. She is currently attending the Theological Certificate program at Northeastern Seminary through Roberts Wesleyan College. Local to the Rochester area, Dale enjoys walking her dog in Black Creek Park, spending time with her cats, reading books, and camping with her family in the Adirondacks.


We have two beautiful libraries, for both children and adults. They are open to the public. We have a little something for everyone: story books, prayer books, Christian fiction, theological texts, Biblical commentaries and lectionary guides, biographies, maps, devotionals, and more... even church choir mystery novels! If you need a quiet place to read or study, or just want to check out a book, check out our libraries!

Mission partners

American Baptist Churches (USA)

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American Baptist Churches of the Rochester-Genesee Region

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American Baptist Home Mission Societies

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American Baptist International Ministries

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American Baptist Men

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American Baptist Women's Ministries

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Aurora House

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Cameron Community Ministries

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Church Women United

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Church World Service

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Colgate-Rochester Crozier Divinity School

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Fairport Baptist Homes

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Mary's Place

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Ronald McDonald House

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White Cross

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