Where It All Began

Formally organized in 1868, Grove Avenue Baptist Church has been a light in the community of Richmond tracing back to 1817. Over the past 200+ years, one mission has stayed the same-to share the good news of Jesus Christ. 

“In my judgement, there is more need of Christ in the world today than ever before.”

J.W. Storer, Pastor, 1925

Pastor Vander Warner Jr., 1977


The scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’srevelation of Himself to man. It is aperfect treasure of divine instruction.


There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.


Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation.

The church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel.


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and it is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.

The family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.