On a June evening in 1780, one year before Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown and two years before Richmond was incorporated as a city, Joshua Morris conducted a prayer meeting in the home of John Franklin at Carrington and Pink Streets on Union Hill. This group of Christian believers organized the Richmond Baptist Church, the first Baptist church to be constituted in a Virginia city and the first church of any denomination to be organized in Richmond.
Not only was it the first church of any denomination to be organized in Richmond, the first Baptist church organized in a Virginia city, and the first church in Virginia to organize a missionary society for women, but it also was the first in the city to organize a Sunday school for children, the first in America to send her own members as foreign missionaries to the continent of Africa, the first in the Southern Baptist Convention to have a church library.
We are a unique congregation where people from diverse cultural, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds join together to put God’s love in action. Some have a lifetime of faith experiences. Others have become followers of Christ later in life. All find a home in our church with opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and service.
Our people celebrate and draw strength from our diversity, which finds its unity in the Lord Jesus Christ. We embrace an international perspective with more than ten different languages spoken among our members. Men and women serve as deacons and as ordained staff in leading services and preaching sermons.
We have a large active preschool and children’s ministry and our students are drawn from over 40 schools across the Richmond area. Our ministries include: divorce recovery, a deaf congregation, outreach to the homeless and disadvantaged, and mission trip opportunities both internationally and closer to home. Many members of our congregation have answered God’s call to serve as missionaries in the U.S. and internationally. Our church is committed to the support of missions through going, giving and praying.
First Baptist Church is working to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia (KOH2RVA) and beyond.