About JupiterFIRST

Statement of Faith

JupiterFIRST Church’s DNA is the United Church of Christ. As a member of this larger Body of Christ, we stand strong in our faith and our convictions that ALL are unique, unrepeatable, miracles of God…


JupiterFIRST is led by a talented team of individuals dedicated to Christ and community…

Who we are

Here’s the deal, JupiterFIRST Church cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. JupiterFIRST is a family of individuals who have found hope in Jesus and are on a journey to help others walk in step with Him.

Where we come from

JupiterFIRST Church was started in 1983 by Rev. Ned and Lynn Barnes as a plant of the United Church of Christ. They imagined a church that welcomed individuals and families of all types. A church that didn’t just use the word “welcoming” but actually was welcoming—where everyone had a seat at the table regardless of personal history, sexual identity, family status, or ethnic background.

In 1993, Rev. Dr. Barry Johnson and his wife, Barbara, came to JupiterFIRST to continue the good work Ned and Lynn Barnes began.  Pastor Barry, who went to his Lord and Savior, May 29, 2021, served the Lord for fifty years, twenty five of those years, at JupiterFIRST Church.  He ministered this church well and instilled in this congregation of believers these truths: God is good…All the time, God loves us more than we can ever mess up, and we are unique and unrepeatable, miracles of God.  They are words of hope and definitely, words well remembered.  For his entire ministry, Barry closed all his written correspondence with the phrase, “The JOY continues,” and it does.

Where we’re headed

What’s the bottom line? More than ever, JupiterFIRST Church is committed to fostering a community that is diverse, spiritually connected, welcoming, biblically-literate, overflowing with joy, and absolutely bursting at the seams with grace. At the core of our mission, we are a future-focused congregation that is pioneering the way for the next generation of churches.  

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, it means that you will always be welcome at JupiterFIRST Church. No exceptions. Ever. Wherever you are, whoever you are, however you are, you’ll always be accepted as part of our family. Period.

Beyond that, if you’re ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about what we believe as a church, click here. Or, if you’d simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, click here.


We can’t wait to meet you!