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How we do church: The Swoosh

At Richmond's First Baptist Church, we're trying to embrace the Great Commandment and fulfill the Great Commission. The Great Commandment is to "love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself." The Great Commission is to "go into all the world and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey" all that Jesus commanded his disciples. Jesus also told his disciples to love one another. How do we do that? Take a look at this video and see how we're trying to be the church that God can use in his Mission.

 

Our church is organized around seven major ministry areas: Community, Invitation, Formation, Worship, Compassion, Communication, and Support. Each of these areas is led by an Associate Pastor.

For a staff directory, including email links and phone numbers, click here...

PASTOR’S OFFICE – Jim Somerville, Senior Pastor

§         Deacons

§         Deaf Congregation - Buddy Burgess, Pastor of Deaf Congregation

§         Woman's Missionary Union/Women on Mission

§         Personnel Team

§         Planning Team

§         Endowment Fund Board

§         Baptism Team

§         Pulpit Supply Team

THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY - Lynn Turner, Senior Associate Pastor

§         Critical Care /Hospitals– Robert Thompson, Minister of Pastoral Care

§         Funerals; Bereavement Hospitality Team

§         Homebound Care / Senior Adult Activities - Becky Payne, Associate Minister

§         Spiritual Care Ministry / Healing Service

§         Prayer Ministry Team

§         Family Ministry Team

§         For Ladies Only (FLO) Ministry

§         Marriage Enrichment Team

§         Weddings / Marriage Prep

§         Counseling / Counselor Referral List

§         Parish Health Ministry

§         Fellowship Friends (new member companions)

§         Side-By-Side Team (staff care)

§         Member Benevolence

§         Connection Café

THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN INVITATION – Ralph Starling, Associate Pastor

§         Recreation Ministry Buddy Burgess, Minister of Recreation

§         Divorce Recovery

§         Internationals & New Americans

§         Guest Follow-Up

§         First Impressions (greeters) / Ushers /  Foyer Reception teams

§         Boy Scouts Team

§         AA Group

THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN FORMATION - Steve Booth, Associate Pastor

§         Adult Formation Team

§         Preschool - Alex Hamp, Preschool Administrator

§         Weekday Early Education Team

§         Childrens' Formation - Candi Brown, Minister to Children; Megan Lowe, Children's Associate

§         Preschool & Children’s teams

§         TLC (preschooler care during worship)

§         Mission Friends / GAs / Mission Force

§         Puppet Ministry

§         Youth/Student Formation -

§         Youth Team

§         Youth One (6th & 7th) – Ann Carter, Youth One Associate

§         Acteens (girls)

§         Youth Two (8th – 12th) – Bart Dalton, Minister to Students

§     Scholarship Fund Team

§         College

 

§         Adult Formation - Steve Booth, Associate Pastor

§         Young Professionals

§         Sunday morning Bible Study

§         Bible Study & Teaching Team

§         Small Groups

§         Spiritual Direction / Mentoring

§         Men’s Ministry

§         Lambs (special needs) Ministry

§         Member Equipping Ministry Team

§         Library

§         First Connection (newcomers/new members)

§         Nominating Team

THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP – Phil Mitchell, Associate Pastor

§         Worship Team

§         Music Ministry Becky Payne, Associate & Organist; Eunice Kim, Pianist

§         Children’s Choirs/Handbells – Ruth Szucs, Associate

§         Appointment With God (daily devotional guide)

§         Retreats

§         Sunday Worship

§         Advent / Lenten services

§         Communion Team

§         Arts Team

§         Flowers / Flower Delivery teams

THE MINISTRY OF CHRISTIAN COMPASSION - Steve Blanchard, Associate Pastor

§         Grace Fellowship

§         Community Missions - Brenda Andrews, Associate

§         Food Pantry/Clothes Closet

§         Shower Ministry

§         Employment Assistance

§         Meals on Wheels Team

§         Partnership Missions

§         International & Domestic missions

§         Weeks of Prayer Focus Team

§         Community Benevolence

§         Liaison to  denominational organizations (IMB, NAMB, CBF, BGAV, RBA)

THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION -Jessica Ward, Director of Communication

§         Communication Team

§         TV Ministry

§         Web Site

§         Spokesperson to News Media

§         First Things First Digital Magazine/Media Design/Publications

§         Tech Services/Sound Services

§         Media Duplication & Distribution

§         Advertising

§         Branding

§         Historian

THE MINISTRY OF SUPPORT - Tom Visotsky, Interim Church Administrator

§         Church Business Administration

§         Personnel Administration

§         Facilities

§         Food Services

§         Reception Team

§         Reception Desk

§         Finance/Records Office

§         Finance/Budget/Stewardship teams

§         Tellers/Audit teams

§         Insurance Team

§         Premises Team

§         Eagle Eyrie / Charlotte Acres

§         Network Systems Administration

 
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