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Grove began out of prayer services conducted in the Sydney community by University of Richmond students in 1854. On May 3, 1868, with 32 charter members and a lay pastor, Sydney Baptist Church was formed. In the late 1800’s the church’s name and location changed twice: in 1883 to West Main Baptist Church, and in 1889 to Grove Avenue Baptist Church. In 1977, the church moved to its current location at 8701 Ridge Road.

The television ministry is the oldest of its kind in America. On January 13, 1952 God led Grove to begin a weekly television broadcast that is today the longest-running Christian program in America. The Victory Hour is a live broadcast of our Sunday morning (11:00 AM) worship service on NBC12 and streamed on the internet at groveave.tv/

Each week thousands across Virginia participate in “church” through the LIVE broadcast on NBC12 of Grove's 11AM worship service. The television program known as The Victory Hour has been an integral part of Grove’s overall ministry efforts for nearly 70 years. It reaches into neighborhoods, medical facilities, nursing and assisted living communities, and jails where it connects hearts and minds together in a live worship experience.

Over the years, thousands have entered into a new relationship with the living God through the Bible-based preaching and teaching of The Victory Hour. The ministry regularly corresponds by phone calls, emails and letters to people across the United States and overseas who participate in this worship experience.

Locations have changed, names have changed, means of communication have changed, but one thing remained constant – the desire to be a people following Jesus to make disciples of the changing generations coming up and the nations coming in. (Matt. 28:18-20)

Grove Avenue Baptist Church Television Ministry

Although we exist as an autonomous congregation, we understand the power of connecting and cooperating with other gospel-centered churches and organizations. To that end, we are part of a nation-wide network of over 46,000 churches called the Southern Baptist Convention.

Together we do some amazing things. For example, our network supports over 4,000 missionaries who are sharing the love and message of Jesus globally. We work together to plant new churches in cities across the U.S., operate the second largest disaster relief organization in North America, and have created seminaries to train new generations of leaders for churches around the world. We are excited about the power of partnering with this network and others. They exponentially increase the impact of our church.

PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER (PRC) OF METRO RICHMOND

The PRC is committed to providing compassionate care to women and men who are unprepared for pregnancy by offering resources and practical assistance for life-affirming choices. The Grove family provides financial support through Grove’s Acts 1:8 Mission Offering, promotes the Sanctity of Life, and participates in the annual Walk for Life. Visit: prcrichmond.org
24 hour Helpline: (804) 673-2020

HOPETREE FAMILY SERVICES - VIRGINIA

HopeTree Family Services offers a wide range of ministries for at-risk children and youth and their families across Virginia, including: HopeTree Foster Care, HopeTree Academy, Residential Care and Developmental Disabilities Ministry. HopeTree Family Services is supported by the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services Foundation, and is a mission partner of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. 
Visit:
HopeTreeFS.org

MOMENTS OF HOPE OUTREACH – RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

At Saturday Servings events, local church groups and businesses prepare and serve meals to 250-300+ struggling neighbors; many of whom are homeless. Hosted in the Brookhill Azalea Shopping Center. Small groups work together to meet physical needs for the purpose of sharing Christ through gospel conversations. 
Visit: momentsofhopeoutreach.org

NEW CLAY HOUSE MINISTRY

New Clay House, a Virginia Supportive Housing residential community, opened in 1992. VSH’s mission is to end homelessness by providing permanent housing and supportive services. For over 20 years, Grove has had a team ministering each month where they provide residents a meal, a brief Bible study and relationship building. 
Visit: New Clay House

GLOBAL GATES - GREATER RICHMOND AREA & NORTHERN VIRGINIA

Virginia team focused on reaching Arabic-speaking Muslims and training them in evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting methods that are reproducible and practical in their countries of origin.
Visit: nationsnextdoor.com

LEARNING FRIENDS MINISTRY

Volunteer in local elementary schools to assist teachers and meet weekly with students for 30 minutes, October-May, to help them master learning skills like reading, writing and math. Our team originated in 2016. Contact: Jann Murchie

CROSSOVER HEALTHCARE MINISTRY

CrossOver provides quality and compassionate healthcare to the uninsured in the greater Richmond area. CrossOver serves and empower patients by providing a comprehensive approach to healthcare for the body, mind, and spirit! 
Visit: crossoverministry.org

HOPE FOR ISRAEL - RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Hope for Israel is a ministry of Jews and Christians who are devoted to the physical and spiritual restoration of Israel. We endeavor to raise awareness and support for Israel by promoting dialogue and understanding through three primary objectives: Education, Advocacy, and Humanitarian Aid.
Contact: Hope for Israel

CONGREGATION OR HAOLAM - RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

Congregation Or HaOlam (Light of the World) is a Messianic Jewish Congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). We are committed to living a Jewish lifestyle, e.g., celebrating the Sabbath as well as the Jewish Festivals. Services are held on the Saturday Sabbath at Grove. All are welcome to participate with us.
Contact: Mary Crostic