Welcome to First Baptist Church of Branford, Connecticut, an American Baptist Church.

We are a broad-minded, big hearted, and high spirited community serving Jesus since 1840. With people as our greatest resource, we offer a broad range of programs and opportunities to grow in faith and practice discipleship. Please make yourself at home on our web site and in our sanctuary. 

We offer Sunday worship and Bible Study opportunities, as well as special events throughout the year. Visit us soon. God Bless You!

The Rev. Bill Keane, Senior Minister

Since his ordination in 1983, the Reverend Bill Keane's pastoral ministry has taken him from congregations comprised of 8 or 10 faithful souls, to live audiences of 12 million. Yet, whether preaching in a tiny country church nestled on an Australian hillside, or performing marriages on a New York set for the ABC-TV network, Bill Keane's faith and message of Good News in Jesus Christ has been exactly the same.

Coming to Branford in 1997, borrowing from a prior career in radio, Bill's work has also been expressed through more than 70 commercials broadcast statewide, along with hosting the annual Branford Festival since 1999.

After 9/11, Bill worked at Ground Zero on a weekly basis for nine months in pastoral support of the firefighters, police and iron-workers, and then, immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Bill served with the US Department of Health and Human Services as a chaplain involved in the recovery of those who had perished.

Still and all, preaching, teaching and pastoral care are what drives Bill Keane's ministry in service to Jesus Christ, and the First Baptist Church of Branford has occasioned and enabled this practice to continue in joy and in love. 

Bill is married to Lisa Bachiochi, and they have three wonderful children: Amanda, Billy, and Niue — along with a son-in-law, Joe, and a daughter-in-law, Waterfall, rounding out the family.


Michael Cretella, Organist and Choir Director

Mr. Cretella earned undergraduate degrees in music and clinical psychology from the University of New Haven along with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. He has lived in East Haven all his life. He speaks two languages, French and English.

Mr. Cretella teaches calligraphy to adults at the East Haven High School. He has taught piano lessons since 1985 and owns four pianos. Mr. Cretella is the organist and choir director for First Baptist Church in Branford.

Before becoming a teacher, he was a medical underwriter for an insurance company. "I am very excited to teach full time and can't wait to teach my students a little French."

Don Hackett, Secretary

Don Hackett is a lifelong shoreline resident. He was a bookseller in New Haven for many years in addition to his work for various arts organizations.

He has managed Audience Services and box office operations for the NHSO, the Shubert Theater and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

He is currently the Business Manager for the New Haven Chorale.  He lives in East Haven with his wife, Peggy.

Ashley Canalichio, Student Assistant

Ashley Canalichio is a Master of Divinity student at Yale University. In preparation for her ordination, she is in a student role at the First Baptist Church of Branford. She moved to Connecticut in 2014 from a small town in Texas, where she attended Texas Lutheran University. At TLU, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Seminary Theology with a double minor in Biblical Greek and Hebrew. 

The First Baptist Church of Branford has given Ashley the opportunity to be active in ministry while still learning. In her ministry, she strives to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people through preaching, pastoral care, and teaching. 

Ashley lives in New Haven with her husband, Timothy Canalichio.

All are welcome!
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Professional nursery care

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bring a friend!

The First Baptist Church is located at 975 Main Street, on the Green in Branford, CT. Free parking is available on Sundays, adjacent to the Church in the municipal parking lot and street side parking on Main Street.

Monday - Friday
9 a.m - 12 noon

Rev. Keane's office hours:
Tuesday - Friday
9 a.m- 12 noon