Celebrate 300 Years of Baptists

in Virginia - Save the Dates of

May 16 & May 17

In May 1714 English Baptists appointed a

"messenger" to Virginia and this man - Robert

Norden - planted the first Baptist church in

Virginia.  For 300 years there has been a

continuous Baptist presence in Virginia. 

The 300th anniversary of Virginia Baptists

will be observed in two special events:

An Evening of Remembrance &


7:30 p.m., Friday, May 16, 2014

River Road Baptist Church

8000 River Road, Richmond, VA

A time for worship, a time for reflection, a

time for anticipation...

Featuring grand music of the faith in a

grand setting...


Heritage Festival:  300 Years!

10 - 4, Saturday, May 17, 2014

University of Richmond

28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA


10 - 4 Exhibits open

Children's Puppet Show performances at

11:00, 12:15, and 1:00

Heritage Discoveries all day for children

and youth, ages 8-12

Senior Choir of St. Peter Baptist Church

performance at 11:30

Doctors of Jazz - performance at 2:00


 Join Baptists from across Virginia as they

celebrate 300 Years of a Baptist presence.

Learn about the accomplishments, the

ministries, the missions of Virginia Baptists.

Enjoy the Festival in an English garden

setting with music, entertainments, exhibits

and special presentations.  The Festival will

be a "Baptist family" event with something

for "children of all ages" - senior adults,

youth, children.  Plenty of nearby parking.

Enjoy touring the campus which Baptists

built exactly 100 years ago and see the old

and the new buildings of Gothic design.

Enjoy lunch and snacks on-site in the

building built over the beautiful lake.

Organize a group to come to the Heritage




Modern Shapers Book Available

The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies has published Modern Shapers of Baptist Thought in America by William Powell Tuck.  The Center commissioned the author to research and write an anaylsis of the individuals whom he felt had most shaped Baptist thought across the last century.  He chose 24 individuals and has captured their life stories, indicates where they influenced Baptist theology, and offers an anaylsis of their legacy.  The new book is 544 pages in length.  The book is available through the Heritage Center.  To order make check payable to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies and send to Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.  Modern Shapers is available in paperback for $24 + 1.20 Va. sales tax + 4.80 s&h = $30  and in hardback for $45 + 2.25 Va. sales tax + 5.75 s&h = $53.  Note:  If tax exempt, please supply tax exempt number and reduce cost accordingly.  If for a library or church, please state the name of the organization as well as the name of the individual placing the order.


Partnership Missions History

---Arms Reaching Around the World

by Ray Allen with Rolen Bailey

and the Heritage Fellows

Virginia Baptists are passionate about missions.  By the late 20th century a new phenomenon developed which allowed for volunteer "partnership" missions.  It offered the man and woman in the pews an opportunity to actively participate in missionary work.  By the opening decade of the present century, thousands of Baptists had experienced some form of hands-on missions.  It was time to pause and write a history of the Virginia Baptist story as it relates to the development of Partnership Missions.  Ray Allen, the grandfather of partnership missions from his many travels to India, wrote the basic story which was supplemented with a history of partnership missions within the USA as written by Rolen Bailey and with an early written history of the work by the late Charles Bryan.  The Heritage Center's Heritage Fellows were assigned a project of interviewing persons who had engaged in partnerships and their papers are included.  Arms Reaching Around the World can be ordered for $21 plus $3 shipping and handling and sales tax from the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.



 free indeed! project

commemorates 150th anniversary
of emancipation

The Virginia Baptist Historical Society and the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies at the University of Richmond have collaborated to produce the "free indeed!" project which is both organizations contribution to the 150th anniversary of emancipation. 

"free indeed!" is a three-fold project:

1)  It is an exhibit which tells the story of the relationships between blacks and whites especially within the Baptist churches of antebellum Virginia.  It includes numerous original documents, old church records and artifacts.  Individuals can visit the exhibit most weekdays at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's building on the campus of the University of Richmond.  Groups including church groups must schedule a guided tour of the exhibit.  The exhibit will be on view through March 2014.  Hundreds of individuals and numerous church and civic groups have toured the exhibit.

2)  It is a book which was written by Michael Whitt, special projects assistant for the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.  It covers many aspects of slavery especially as related to life within the Baptist churches of Virginia.  Also included are several period writings on the subject.  The book is also entitled "free indeed!" and can be ordered for $15.75 plus $5 shipping and handling.

3)  It is a name registry which includes upwards of 51,000 names of slaves, freedmen and white surnames which Michael Whitt pulled from the manuscript pages of over 200 antebellum church record books in the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's archives.  The registry offers names as well as supporting information such as baptismal or death dates and names of slave owners.  It is anticipated that the registry can benefit family and social historians.  The registry is available at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society's library by research appointment.

For further information and to schedule group tours and research visits or to order books, please contact the Virginia Baptist Historical Society at (804)289-8434 or by mail at VBHS, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.  To schedule a group tour ask for Elsie Richards.  To schedule a research appointment ask for Darlene Slater Herod.


Disaster Relief Stories and History of Baptist Men's Ministry & Camps  

The Heritage Center has published the memoir of Lloyd Jackson, long-time leader of Baptist Men's ministry, camping and Disaster Relief Response for Virginia Baptists.  He has captured the history and the drama in his book entitled Reflections of a Journey.  Copies of the 200-page book can be ordered for $17 plus $3 for s & h.  Send your check to the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.

 Religious liberty resource available from Baptist heritage center

The teaching of religious liberty in churches is the purpose of a DVD-ROM resource produced by the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies. Our Story DVD contains a 20-minute video recounting the 18th-century Baptist struggle in Virginia to secure religious liberty. An understanding of the history offers an opportunity to also present current concerns over church-state issues.


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