First Satanic Church

A modern embodiment of LaVeyan Satanism, continuing the legacy of its controversial founder.

The First Satanic Church was founded by Karla LaVey on October 31, 1999, in San Francisco, California. It represents a continuation of LaVeyan Satanism as established by Anton LaVey, Karla’s father, in his seminal work, “The Satanic Bible.” The church’s mission is to uphold and spread the teachings of Anton LaVey, emphasizing the study of Satanism and occult sciences.


The church originated as a re-establishment of the original Church of Satan, founded on April 30, 1966, by Anton LaVey. After his death in 1997, Karla LaVey and Blanche Barton initially co-led the Church of Satan. However, disputes over Anton LaVey’s will and the church’s direction led to a split. Karla LaVey then established the First Satanic Church to maintain the principles and teachings of her father.

Beliefs and Activities

The First Satanic Church adheres to LaVeyan Satanism, an atheistic form of Satanism that venerates the self and rejects theistic beliefs. The church conducts various activities, including public events such as the Annual Black X-Mass Show. It also maintains an internet presence and offers membership through a careful screening process.

Karla LaVey hosts a weekly Satanic radio show in San Francisco, reflecting her and her father’s interests in music and the arts. The church celebrates Satanic holidays and rituals, upholding the tenets of individualism, self-empowerment, and personal responsibility as outlined in “The Satanic Bible.”

The First Satanic Church continues to operate out of San Francisco, representing a significant part of the legacy of Anton LaVey and the broader movement of LaVeyan Satanism.