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Our Congregation

Our membership is made up of a variety of people of all ages and backgrounds.  Some are residents of Hopewell, but many live in the surrounding communities.   All find a home at First Baptist with opportunities for fellowship, spiritual growth, and service.   We have a vibrant children's ministry and an excellent youth program, along with many ministries for adults of all ages.  As a moderate Baptist church, we ordain both men and women as deacons and employ ordained women on our ministerial staff.

We are a church that respects tradition and is open to innovation.  Worship at FBC is not one size fits all.  From the majestic sounds of a pipe organ in one service, to the upbeat rhythm of drums in another, we speak many worship languages as we seek to share the gospel with authenticity and relevance.

Our Mission

To reach out and communicate God's Love and Purposes to everyone in our sphere of influence.

Our Vision

Through faith and love, we will do God's will by being disciples and ministering to our community to meet spiritual, physical, and mission needs.

Our Affiliations

We are voluntarily aligned with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Petersburg Baptist Association


Our church is handicapped-accessible from the front entrance of the Family Life Center (with automated sliding doors) and from the Randolph Road entrance to the Educational wing (with ramp and automated door).   In addition, there is an elevator located inside the Family Life Center that provides accessiblity to all levels of the building.  Handicapped parking is available at the front of the church to the left of the Family Life Center entrance and along the rear alley near the Randolph Road entrance to the Educational wing.

Becoming a Member of FBC

A person may become a member of First Baptist through profession of faith in Jesus Christ and believer's baptism, by transfer of membership from another church, or by statement of faith in Christ and prior believer's baptism. This can be accomplished by public statement following any of our worship services.