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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 and every week thousands of people across Virginia set their televisions to NBC12 to participate in “church” through the live broadcast of the worship service of Grove. 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 even into jails where it connects hearts and minds together in a live worship experience.
Over the years, many 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)
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.