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.

Thoughtful Faith Community
Sundays at RRCB
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Happy first day of school to many of our children and youth!

We are excited for this new school year, and the church is praying for our kids and teens. Yesterday we celebrated promotion Sunday with children moving up in Sunday School classes, and in worship we blessed our students and gave those advancing to first, third, sixth, and ninth grade Bibles or devotional books.

 

 

This week Youth Group will kick off ahead of Thoughtful Faith Community.

We’re excited our teenagers are ready to begin gathering, and we’re especially excited to welcome our new sixth graders! Youth will have snack supper at 5:00 p.m., followed by Youth Group beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Next weekend, September 3 (Labor Day weekend), we’re taking Youth Group out for a trip to Kings Dominion after church. Click the button below for more details and to sign up. The deadline to sign up is August 31 and chaperones are needed, too.

Click here to sign up to go to Kings Dominion

Choirs & Rehearsals

Keep an eye out for more information from Dr. Bob Gallagher about choirs and rehearsals. Choir rehearsals will begin on September 17 with TFC. Email Dr. Bob (bobgallagher@riverroad.church) with any questions you may have.

River Road Camerata
4:00-4:45 p.m., Youth Rehearsal Room
River Road Camerata is a by-invitation youth choir focusing on more challenging choral pieces.
Choir Director: Dr. Bob Gallagher

Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
4:45-5:15 p.m., Youth Rehearsal Room
Choir Directors: Bob Gallagher and Lauren Maho

Jubilate Choir (grades 2-5)
4:45-5:15 p.m., Main Rehearsal Room
Choir Director: Suzanne McClain

Carol Choir (age 4 through grade 1)
4:45-5:15 p.m., UC #232
Preschoolers should turn 4 by 9/30/23
Choir Director: Mary Langston

Meet Your Choir Directors

Mary Langston is excited to be directing our Carol Choir! Mary is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre. For over a decade, Mary was in New York City studying opera and performing regularly. She has had the pleasure of singing all over the world, including Carnegie Hall. She was also involved in children’s and youth ministry with Forefront Church and later attended The Riverside Church. Currently, she teaches private voice here in Richmond and is thrilled to be singing with RRCB’s Chancel Choir!

Suzanne McClain is well known to our children and youth, since she directed our youth musicals before the onset of COVID. Children literally cheered when she walked into the room! She is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Theatre and a minor in music, and is currently completing doctoral studies in special education at University of Virginia. She enjoys singing with RRCB’s Chancel Choir each Sunday. Suzanne will be directing the Jubilate Choir – grades 2 through 5.

Lauren Maho, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Vocal Performance, is our new Alto Choral Scholar and Youth Choir Conductor. In addition to her avid participation in VCU choral and opera departments, Lauren currently sings with the Richmond Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus. She is thrilled to begin making music here at River Road!

Click here to register for Youth, Jubilate, and Carol Choirs

Children’s Rec & Missions

Children age 4 through 5th grade will gather for recreation and missions. For missions, children will use Pathlight, a missions curriculum provided by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). Nursery care is available for children infants to age 3 upon request. Children will begin meeting on September 17, 2023.

In Case You Missed It

A couple of weeks ago we announced that we were moving Thoughtful Faith Community—TFC for short—is moving to Sunday evenings. The Board of Christian Education & Spiritual Formation (BCESF) and pastoral staff are excited about this change, and we hope you are, too!

Following our Celebration Sunday kick-off, the first TFC night is September 17, 2023!

In the coming weeks we hope to provide more details about our supper plans with chef Stan Barnett, as well as weekly volunteer opportunities to assist in the kitchen.

A Streamlined Schedule

  • 4:00-4:45 p.m.: River Road Camerata
  • 4:45-5:15 p.m.: Youth Choir (6th-12th grades), Jubilate Choir (2nd-5th grades), and Carol Choir (age 4-1st grade)
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m.: Community Meal and Chancel Ringers Rehearsal
  • 5:45-7:00 p.m.: Youth Group and Children’s Rec & Missions
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m.: Adult Program/Missions

The goal will be for most everyone to begin and end at the same time.

Here are a couple of quick links for more information about Celebration Sunday & Thoughtful Faith Community: