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.

Endowment Fund

Including the Endowment in your vision of Christian stewardship

How you can leave a legacy to River Road Church

Thank Youfor considering the opportunity to leave a legacy to River Road Church through the Endowment Fund.

As you consider your gift, we realize you will have questions.
We hope you will find answers to those questions and more as you read through the information provided here.

If at any time you would you like a member of the fund’s Board of Directors to reach out to you (confidentially, of course), please send an email to or leave a message with the church office at (804) 288-1131. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you.

What will my legacy be?

Looking ahead, each of us must consider how to pass along to others the resources we have cultivated and enjoyed over a lifetime.

As we make those plans and decisions, just as with our gifts of time and resources in life, we will speak a legacy of love to and about those persons, endeavors, and beliefs we most value.

By making a gift—or arranging a planned gift—to the River Road Church, Baptist, Endowment Fund, we can extend our stewardship beyond our own lives, sharing God’s love and our Christian witness with future generations.

Could my gift really make a difference?

Yes! Everyone’s gift is important. River Road Church has dreams and aspirations of carrying out meaningful and life-changing ministries.

Considerable resources, both human and financial, are needed to make those happen. A strong, healthy endowment provides critical support, enabling our church to act boldly on the opportunities of Christian ministry God provides — especially when those require resources beyond annual congregational giving and other usual funding sources.​ (You can read about the many ways the Endowment Fund has supported the church over the years here.)

We urge all who love River Road Church to consider gifts or to arrange planned gifts from their estate resources in whatever amount they are able.

While we cannot know what opportunities and challenges lie ahead for our church, we can help God provide for all the future holds.

What is the best way to provide a gift to the Endowment Fund?

You have several choices regarding how you might fund your gift. Gifts might include cash, securities, and in certain instances, real estate or other assets. Gifts of all sizes are valued, important, and welcomed, and may be made at any time.  Gifts to the Endowment Fund are deductible for income, gift, and estate tax purposes.

To arrange a gift to the Endowment, you could:

Provide for a for a gift beyond your lifetime—a legacy gift​

Arranging a gift through your will or other formal documents (estate plans) allows you to designate the River Road Church, Baptist, Endowment Fund, or any other cause dear to you, to share in the resources you have enjoyed in life.

Such plans are relatively easy to accomplish and do not limit your enjoyment of your assets during your lifetime. In addition, most arrangements can be changed should it become necessary.

To arrange a bequest to the Endowment, you could:

Make provisions in your will—or add a codicil

You may choose to leave a share of your resources to the Endowment Fund in the form of cash, specific assets, a percentage of your total estate, or as a contingent gift if a family member or other primary beneficiary does not survive you. You could make such arrangements when you are drawing up a new will or living trust, or you could add a codicil or other amendment to your existing documents.

Add a beneficiary designation
You can leave part or all of a financial or brokerage account, an insurance policy, retirement plan benefits, or an individual retirement account (IRA) to the Endowment Fund through a beneficiary designation. In most cases, you need only complete a beneficiary form provided by the financial institution. Like wills and trusts, beneficiary designations should be reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be amended in line with changing circumstances.
Or consider other options
You could combine a gift to the Endowment Fund with provisions for family members by using such charitable giving vehicles as a charitable remainder trust, a charitable lead trust, or a charitable partial sale.

Make a gift any time you choose

You might also choose to make a gift at a time beneficial for you in life, which allows you to experience the joy of presenting your gift. When considering a gift of your assets, there are ways you can maximize both the tax benefits to you and the value of the gift to the Endowment Fund.

Two such opportunities include:

Tax-free gifts from your regular IRA during your lifetime

After you reach age 70½, you may direct up to $105,000 per year from a regular individual retirement account (IRA) tax-free to one or more charitable organizations, including the Endowment Fund. Such direct transfers do not count as taxable income, but amounts you transfer after age 73 can count toward your IRA’s annual required minimum distribution (RMD).

Tax-free gifts of appreciated stock
When you sell appreciated stock, you must pay capital gains tax on your net profits. If instead you give stock to the Endowment Fund, the fund receives the full market value of the stock, without reduction for capital gains tax, and you may be able to deduct the full market value of the gifted stock against your other income if you itemize deductions. In this way, gifts of appreciated stock could offer advantages to you over gifts of cash.

When making your gift, please direct it to the River Road Church, Baptist, Endowment Fund, and send or bring it to the church office.

In all these matters, before making a decision, you should consult your personal tax and legal advisors to maximize the income and transfer tax benefit to you, your heirs, and your estate.

Do I have choices in how my gift will be used?

The best gift to the Endowment Fund is one most appropriate to your personal circumstances and interests.

You may choose to make your gift to the general fund or to one — or more — of four specific funds existing under the Endowment Fund umbrella.

An unrestricted gift to the Endowment Fund is the most common designation and is preferred, in that it allows the Board of Directors the flexibility to apply funds where they are most needed at any given time.

You also have the option to designate your gift to an area of special interest, choosing from:

The Masonry Fund

Income from this fund will support upkeep and improvement of the buildings and grounds of our beautiful church complex as those needs exceed the annual budget.

The Ministry Fund

River Road Church encourages Christ’s followers in the pursuit of a thoughtful faith in today’s world. Income from this fund will support education and spiritual formation efforts and programs for all ages.

The Missions Fund

Income from this fund will support River Road Church in serving those in need and growing the kingdom of God locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally through mission outreach. Efforts might include mission trips, missions-related education activities, and others endorsed by the church.

The Music Fund

Music is an integral part of worship and fellowship at River Road Church. Income from this fund will support the music program, including the concert series, the music library, and the acquisition and maintenance of musical instruments.

Your Gift Will Be A Blessing

As you consider a gift to the Endowment, we hope you will recall the many ways River Road Church has nourished and influenced your family’s spiritual life.

When you make such arrangements, you’ll join others in leaving a legacy of love, helping your church proclaim the good news of Christ’s message for generations to come.

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions about giving opportunities, please send an email to or call the church office (804-288-1131).  A member of the Board of Directors will be in touch with you.

Commitment Form

If you will make a legacy gift commitment now, or if you have already done so, please let us know by completing the legacy commitment form.