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.

Music & Choirs

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry of River Road Church is all-encompassing—we welcome persons of all ages and abilities to participate in our choirs, and we embrace a wide variety of musical styles.

The music we offer in worship is rooted in the classical tradition and mindful of music by contemporary composers, African-American spirituals, the liturgical seasons with their associated Scripture readings, as well as social concerns and world events.

Dr. Robert P. Gallagher joined the church staff as Minister of Music in August 2011 and continues to develop the unique and thoughtful music vision of River Road Church.

To learn more about participation in any musical ensemble, or to learn more about our musical tradition at River Road, please contact Dr. Gallagher.

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Adult Choirs

The Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir consists of 45 to 50 adult singers (college age and older).

Most have musical backgrounds, and many gravitate to River Road Church because of our (wide) variety of musical styles and rich tradition of singing. Musical training, while helpful, is not a prerequisite—a desire to sing together and a commitment to the group and the rehearsal schedule are much more important!

If you are interested in singing with the Chancel Choir but are unable to commit year-round, we also have a Summer Choir (July through Labor Day) for adults, youth, and children. A simple anthem is selected, and warm-up begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. If you are interested, please click the Contact Dr. Gallagher button above.

Chancel Bell Choir

The Chancel Bell Choir rehearses weekly from September to June, and rings God’s praises throughout the year.

This choir is directed by Charles Todd, whose enthusiasm for handbells and their music is a source of inspiration for all the ringers!

Choral Scholars at River Road Church

The River Road Church Choral Scholars program offers choral scholar positions to Richmond-area college students for the academic year.

The positions provide a stipend and allow students the experience of singing with an accomplished church choir, hopefully fostering a lifelong involvement with church music. Choral Scholars are welcome to be involved in the ministry of the church, enjoying the support of a “home away from home” church family.

Participants are asked to attend a weekly rehearsal, Sunday morning worship (including warm-up), plus a Saturday retreat in the Fall and Spring. Scholars are also offered the opportunity to sing two seasonal concerts in December and June. An additional stipend is provided as these are typically outside the academic calendar.

An audition appointment will be made with each applicant. Audition requirements include sight reading and aural evaluation. For more information and to apply, please click the Contact Dr. Gallagher button above to send a message.

Youth & Children’s Choirs

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir invites teenagers who are interested in learning a wide variety of sacred music and singing for worship several times a year.

Rehearsals provide a fun combination of singing, learning, and lots of laughter!

River Road Camerata

The River Road Camerata invites young singers (2nd through 12th grade) who are willing to learn challenging choral music.

Through the years, they have sung regularly for worship and in several concerts. Participation is by audition or invitation, and the learning is complemented by Voice for Life, a program of the Royal School of Church Music.

Children’s Choirs

Our Carol (pre-k through 1st grade) and Jubilate (2nd through 5th grade) Choirs invite children interested in learning to sing and develop an awareness of music.

The leaders of these choirs are trained musicians with knowledge of age-appropriate learning methods. Above all, they know how to make music education fun for children!

Quick Links

E. Carl Freeman Concert Series

Learn more about the series and reserve tickets

Musical Instruments

Discover our sanctuary, organs, and pianos

Worship Style

Read about RRCB’s worship style

Dr. Robert Gallagher

Minister of Music

Dr. Robert Gallagher

Bob Gallagher came to River Road Church as Minister of Music in August 2011. He oversees the vibrant Music Ministry for children, youth, and adults.

A native of New York, Bob received a Bachelor of Music in Organ from Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music in Organ from The Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America. He also holds diplomas and prizes in Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation from his year of study in Paris.

Email Dr. Gallagher