Most churches are trying to get people to heaven. We're trying to bring heaven to earth.

Gathering Spaces Renovations

As you enter our building, you are greeted with a welcoming smile, however, our infrastructure isn’t quite as welcoming.

From the lighting to the finishes, it’s time for an upgrade.  If walls could talk, we’d want ours to say “hello neighbor, welcome to First Baptist.  Let’s sit down, get comfortable, and get to know each other.”

Special Announcement:


Congregation approves deacon recommendation to separate from the Southern Baptist Convention, ending a 179-year relationship

In a special called business meeting held on Sunday morning, May 19, the congregation of Richmond’s First Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly to follow the deacons’ recommendation to separate from the SBC. The meeting was held during the church’s regular Sunday School hour, and was co-facilitated by Pastor Jim Somerville and Deacon Chair Daniel Hocutt. Chairman Hocutt opened the meeting with prayer and a re-statement of the motion, followed by Dr. Somerville, who shared the historical context for the decision. After 30 minutes of open and respectful discussion the matter was put to a vote. Those in favor were enthusiastic in their response, with only a few dissenting votes.

UPDATED RFBC Motion and Congregational Fact Sheet

How do we do it?

We look around for anything that doesn’t look like Heaven, and then roll up our sleeves and get to work.

You can help!  Whether you live just down the street or halfway around the world.  Anyone can do this work and everyone is welcome.

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Compassion Ministry

Our motto is, if you see something that doesn’t look like heaven, roll up your sleeves and do something about it.

The need for our Compassion Mission is increasing and could use your help!