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.

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

The Concert Series was started in 1970 both to gain full benefit of the then-new sanctuary with its great acoustics and to reach out to the surrounding community.

The Series remains a welcomed regular feature of musical life in Richmond’s West End.

Past Performances

Past performances have included organ recitals by some of the best practitioners of the art such as John Scott, Organist-Choirmaster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London and Frederick Swann, former organist at Riverside Church, New York; vocal and instrumental recitals by such artists as Eugenia Zuckerman, and performances by well-known chamber ensembles such as the Shanghai and Manhattan string quartets.

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series Presents

2023-2024 Season

All concerts are held in the Sanctuary. Please note the differing start times.

Reserve your FREE tickets on Eventbrite. All concerts are free unless noted otherwise.

Additional concerts may be announced throughout the season. They will be listed here and tickets will be available on Eventbrite.

Typically, concerts are not livestreamed. Concerts may be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel at a later time, but it is based on the performers’ discretion and contracts.

Tickets

Purcahse your tickets on Eventbrite

Fall 2023
Winter 2023
Winter 2024
Spring 2024

Washington National Cathedral Choir

“Camino di Santiago – The Road Home”

Michael McCarthy, conductor

Sunday, August 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Voice Recital

Rhonda AbouHana, soprano

Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

 

Vox Humana

William Bradley Roberts, director

Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

 

All Saints’ Sunday Worship

Zoltan Kodaly—Missa Brevis

Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

Special Music for Worship
River Road Chancel Choir
Stefan Palm, guest organist

 

Organ Recital

Stefan Palm

Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.

Rottenburg, Germany

 

Annual Advent/Christmas Concert
Handel’s Messiah

Advent/Christmas portion

River Road Chancel Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

 

When You Wish Upon A Star

A King’s Singers Christmas

Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets required—only sold via Virginia Arts Festival

Tickets $55/person (member-only pricing available; promo code emailed 9/12/23)

Tickets on sale now

 

The William and Mary Choir

Dr. Daniel Parks, director

Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Furman Singers

Dr. Stephen Gusukuma, director

Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Music of J. S. Bach

Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Charles Humphries, countertenor

Cantata 54 – Widerstehe doch der Sünde

Robert Gallagher, harpsichord

Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056

Vox Humana and soloists
William Bradley Roberts, director

Cantata 182 – Himmelskönig, sei willkommen

The Tallis Scholars

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets required—only sold via Eventbrite
Tickets $40/person
Tickets on sale now

 

Choral Evensong

The Choirs of River Road Church and St. Stephen’s Church

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

 

Support the E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

We invite you to support the Concert Series by attending as many programs as possible and by making a financial contribution.

Although the series receives a grant from the church and partial support from a free will offering taken at each performance, individual donors provide a large and critical part of our funding.

Contribution checks should be made payable to River Road Church, Baptist—please designate “Concert Series” on the check. All gifts are tax deductible.

Please note that some concert goers prefer to make advance credit card contributions when they reserve their free tickets through the website, Eventbrite, allowing us to obtain email addresses of concert goers. It provides us with an additional way to keep in touch with our audience, as well as plan for the number of program attendees.