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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Distinguished Speaker Forum


For many years, there has been talk of having a great lecture series that could parallel and complement our wonderful E. Carl Freeman Concert Series.

In 2023, the Endowment Board approved a grant request to begin hosting speakers and, through these opportunities, determine if this is a viable ministry which should continue.

A small planning group was formed to dream, ask good questions, and begin hosting excellent presenters. To honor the importance of a “Thoughtful Faith,” a key value of our community, our team hopes our series can provide thought-provoking and challenging content through the presentations of enlightening and stimulating individuals with varied perspectives, which may not be shared by all.

With joy we recently announced that our first slate of speakers and shortly thereafter hosted our first presenter. Through this Forum, we wish to welcome our local community and, of course, encourage all of our folks at River Road to participate.

Distinguished Speaker Forum presents

2023-2024 Season

Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite.

Additional lectures may be announced throughout the season.

They will be listed here and tickets will be available on Eventbrite. Typically, lectures will not be livestreamed nor will recordings be published at a later time.


Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite

October 26, 2023

Nikki Giovanni

February 10, 2024

Rev. Dr. Lance Watson, The Rev. Ben Campbell, and Author Kristen Green

May 16, 2024

Sean of the South

September 15, 2024

Jeff Chu

October 4, 2024

Brian McLaren

Nikki Giovanni

Poet Laureate

Lecture, Q&A, Dessert Social, Book Signing

Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets $5-$20/person

Poetry challenge details

A Conversation on Racial Healing

Panel Discussion with Rev. Dr. Lance Watson, The Rev. Ben Campbell, and Author Kristen Green

Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.

While tickets are free of charge, you may offer a suggested donation of $10.

Sean of the South

An Evening with Sean Dietrich

Author, Storyteller, Entertainer, and Encourager

Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Tickets $20/person

Reception and book signing to follow.

Sean Dietrich is a columnist, novelist, and stand-up storyteller known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Southern Living, Reader’s Digest, Garden and Gun, The Tallahassee Democrat, the Birmingham News, The Mobile Press Register, and his column appears in newspapers throughout the U.S. He has authored fifteen books, he is the creator of the Sean of the South podcast, and makes appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.


An Evening with Jeff Chu

Journalist, Author, Speaker, Preacher, and Teacher

Sunday, September 15, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

While tickets are free of charge, you may offer a suggested donation of $10.

Brian McLaren

Unafraid of Questions about Church, Faith, Doubt, Christianity, God

Friday, October 4, 2024

Tickets required—only sold via Eventbrite
Inclusive ticket—$40/person—available for both sessions.

Limited scholarships available, email


Session 1: Relevance Today

3:30-6:30 p.m.

This session is aimed toward those in ministry roles or positions. Dinner provided.

Tickets $25/person


Session 2: Faith, Doubt, Questions – It All Belongs

7:00-8:30 p.m.

This session is open to all. Reception and book signing to follow.

Tickets $20/person

Support the Distinguished Speaker Forum

If this series is meaningful to you and you wish to offer support, you may do so by using the following link.

We thank you for gifts of any and all sizes, as they will be useful in sustaining the Forum.