Visit Us

We invite you to visit us to experience the community we’ve created. You may very well find you fit perfectly at River Road Church!

Who We Are

We warmly welcome new members into fellowship, eager to show the love and nurturing that River Road offers.

Staff & Leadership

Meet the ministerial, support, preschool center, endowment and board/committee leaders that help support the life of River Road Church.

River Road Church embraces worship that brings us close to God through thoughtful theology, liturgy, and the issues of the world around us, all of which matter to God.

Learn more about our intentional approach to worship and join us in person or online.

Worship begins at 11AM

Gather with us each Sunday in our beautiful sanctuary for inspired music and a relevant thoughtful message.

Children's Church

Children in the first through third grade are invited to Children’s Church, where they engage in age-appropriate activities related to the theme of the day.

We encourage you to join us for worship, in-person or online via livestream.

We believe that regular participation in worship sustains both the individual and the congregation.

Watch via YouTube

Livestream replays can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Worship Bulletin

If you are able, please print the bulletin and follow along.

More Info

Read more about our live service broadcast

Warm and welcoming, River Road Church embraces worship that brings us close to God through thoughtful theology, liturgy, and the issues of the world around us, all of which matter to God.

Learn about our style of worship, as well as music and periodic special services.

Planning a wedding and interested in potentially having your service at River Road Church?

Learn more about weddings in our sanctuary as well as who to contact as part of your planning.

If you are planning a memorial service for a recently departed loved one, River Road Church, Baptist offers ministerial support and care as you grieve, as well as assistance in planning the service.

Learn about our Columbarium Memorial Garden.

Discover opportunities for faith formation, community and learning for children and their families at River Road Church.

From weekly experiences of learning and music, to special events building fellowship and expressions of service, children are valued and nurtured.

Education

Age graded groups for Bible study are provided for children from infants through 5th grade.

Opportunities

From experiences in worship, to expressions of service, play and music, children are nurtured in multiple ways.

Middle and High Schoolers

Youth are invited to participate in an open community in which middle and high schoolers can build meaningful relationships, engage in thought-provoking worship and Bible study, learn tools for personal spiritual formation, and serve others.

Sunday School

Youth gather weekly for interactive, relevant Bible study and fellowship.

Opportunities

From mission experiences to retreats and PASSPORT Summer Camp, youth are nurtured and challenged as they grow in faith.

Opportunities for 18 to late-20-somethings

Discover opportunities for 18 to late-20-somethings to gather in small groups and larger gatherings for study and fellowship.

Education

Select from a variety of groups and approaches in which to study and grow.

Thoughtful Faith Community

Learn more about this time  to come together for fellowship and education.

Small Groups

Select from a variety of small groups including yoga, "fixers," book lovers, cinema buffs, and more!

Spiritual Formation

Discover opportunities to grow and connect, from our labyrinth and hiking trips, to team sports.

Life is a journey that brings joys and challenges.

As a family of faith, one of the most important and meaningful things we do is care for one another as we journey through life’s joys and sorrows.

Discover opportunities for pastoral care and support.

River Road Church Preschool Development Center is a school committed to partnering with parents in the raising of their young children.

Discover curriculum and programs that help children meet their individual social, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, and physical needs.

Get Involved

Discover multiple avenues for making a difference in the world through service to those in need.

Our Partners

River Road Church, Baptist works with and alongside multiple organizations working to care for others.

Make a joyful noise! River Road Church, Baptist celebrates a long tradition of quality music.

Participate in choirs, handbells, and experience performances of talented musicians. Learn about our approach to music in worship and how you can participate.

Adult Choirs

Discover opportunities to share your musical talent and grow in a community that plays a vital worship leadership role.

Children's & Youth Choirs

Choirs for children and youth help develop a love of music and provide an outlet for faithful creative expression.

Sharing great music in our sanctuary to reach out to the surrounding community since 1970.

Experience renowned organists, vocalists, and instrumentalists through our long-running concert series.

Reserve tickets today.

Sanctuary and Möller Organ

When planned in the late 1960s to accommodate a growing church, the design of the Sanctuary focused on the soaring aspect of a cathedral-type space that directed attention to the heavens. A classic pipe organ and complementary acoustics would assist in this effort.

The Chapel Organ

The chapel, originally built in 1950 as the first formal worship space at River Road Church, is still used for small worship services, weddings, and funerals.

Grand Pianos

River Road Church has been blessed to have in its inventory of instruments five grand pianos, each given to the church by members.

Community

As a thoughtful community of faith, we celebrate multiple avenues for gathering to connect, learn, grow, be inspired and serve.

Thoughtful Faith Community

Make connections and build relationships Sunday evenings as we share a meal and fellowship together.

Distinguished Speaker Forum

Experience challenging and enlightening speakers on a variety of relevant topics. Get free tickets to upcoming events.

Events & Announcements

Discover upcoming events and opportunities at River Road Church, Baptist.

Online Church Directory

A member-only area offering contact information on congregational members.

Calendar

Get the details on a variety of upcoming events, services, and opportunities.

Concert Series

Experience renowned organists, vocalists and instrumentalists through our long-running concert series. Reserve tickets today.

Mission Opportunities

Participate in ministries of love, care, and hope.

Congregational Care

A Ministry of Care

As a family of faith, one of the most important and meaningful things we do is care for one another as we journey through life’s joys and sorrows.

Together with our ministerial staff, others are called from the congregation to serve and care for us on our faith journey, to walk alongside us to encourage, bless, heal, and offer hope.

As deacons, as Stephen Ministers, and as a church family, we are called to support and care for one another. We do so with God’s help.

Deacon Care

Deacons are men and women called to serve as spiritual leaders of the church. The call to deacon service is an honor.

Once ordained, deacons typically serve actively in three-year terms, up to two terms consecutively, to:

  • Serve the Lord with a generous spirit, willingly contributing time and talents in support of Christ’s kingdom.
  • Provide leadership in worship.
  • Support the care and fellowship of the church family.
  • Extend Christ’s love to the community, both in and outside the church walls.

Extending Care Through Care Groups

Deacons help to nurture our church fellowship through a ministry of outreach and care to an assigned small group of church members, offering help and support when needed, and providing a connection to the church family. Each member of the congregation is assigned to a deacon care group.

Calling Us Together in Worship

In worship, deacons share in serving the elements of the Lord’s Supper (communion), collecting the offering, and welcoming members and visitors alike as we gather to worship. Deacon teams also encourage us in fellowship in numerous ways, including by joining other boards, committees, and groups to host informal receptions after worship throughout the year.

If you would like to contact the Board of Deacons, please feel welcome to do so at BOD1@rrcb.org.

Stephen Ministry

The Stephen Ministry exists to provide a caring Christian relationship between well-trained volunteer caregivers and individuals who are experiencing challenges or difficulties.

The Stephen Ministry is a lay ministry of love and commitment. If you are in need of a Stephen Minister or would like to become a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.

A Stephen Minister is someone who cares, listens, shares, and supports and who commits to providing strictly confidential and distinctively Christian care. Each minister receives 50 hours of initial formal training, and receives ongoing supervision and training.

Stephen Ministers are also known as the “after people,” meaning that Stephen Ministers stand ready to come alongside you, your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives, and provide comfort and support for as long “after” as it is needed.

Stephen Ministers are there:

  • After you’ve washed and returned the last casserole dish.
  • After the divorce papers have been served and the bottom falls out of your life.
  • After the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems incredibly empty.
  • After you arrive home following the funeral service and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
  • After the relationship has ended, but the wounds are still bleeding.
  • After the miscarriage loss and a deep sense of helplessness presides.
  • After the doctors have said, “There’s nothing more we can do.”
  • After the door has slammed shut—for the very last time.
  • After the phone call you’d always hoped you’d never get.
  • After you realize the hands on the gold watch you received at your retirement party move more slowly than you ever imagined.
  • After the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
  • After the gavel goes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
  • After the baby has arrived, putting more demands on you than you ever dreamed possible.
  • After you find the pink slip inserted with what is now your final paycheck.
  • After your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.

Pastoral Care Support

Members of our church family, including our lay leader caregivers, are guided in caring for and supporting each other by the pastoral staff.

Our Minister of Pastoral Care is available to help and can be reached through the church office.

We also are fortunate to have a valuable resource of pastoral care writings and guidelines available, a gift of retired Minister of Pastoral Care, the Rev. Dr. Daniel G. Bagby.

Dan has made available his most requested handouts on providing care to one another, developed over his distinguished career as a pastor and educator. Including such topics as Visiting an Ill Church Member and Caring for Children in Grief, this guide is a practical resource in offering care to one another. You may download this resource here.

Quick Links

A Ministry of Care by Dan Bagby

Pastoral Care Guidance for Deacons, Stephen Minsters, and the Congregation of River Road Church, Baptist

Contact the Church Office

We’re available to help

Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

Minister of Pastoral Care

Rev. Dr. David Breckenridge

David joined the staff of River Road in April 2019 as the Minister of Pastoral Care. He is a graduate of Mississippi College (BA), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University (DMin), and the College of William and Mary (MEd). David is also a Resident in Counseling with Westhampton Family Psychologists.

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