Cyberspace is a fun place to be, but it should never be a substitute for the joy of meeting and greeting in a more personal fashion. That is why I am writing this personal note of invitation. I am Bill Nieporte, pastor of this congregation for the last six years. We are a young congregation with a very long and rich history. In1989, two historic Richmond churches (Calvary Baptist and Park View Baptist) united to become a new congregation. We are proud of the heritage we share as descendants of these two great congregations, but we are even more excited about our future.

We believe that God has placed us in Richmond in order to declare the Good News of God’s love for everyone we meet. Though we are blessed with a wonderful facility in which we gather for worship, fellowship, and study, we do not believe that CHURCH is merely bricks and mortar. Rather we understand CHURCH to be our expression and extension of God’s love to our community and world. CHURCH does not just happen in our building. It happens in the workplace, the neighborhood park, the school yard, and the grocery line. Basically, it happens wherever God actively loves people – and that is everywhere. - Pastor Bill Nieporte

Here at Patterson Avenue Baptist, we believe and teach that salvation does not come by our works, but has been completely accomplished through the Divine Grace offered us through Jesus Christ. Through our worship, study, and various ministries, our passion is to invite all people to join us in expressing trust in the sufficiency of God’s Grace.

PABC is a very young congregation with a very long and rich history. In1989, two historic Richmond churches (Calvary Baptist and Park View Baptist) united to become a new congregation. The new church is located at 4301 Patterson Avenue, becoming the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. We are proud of the heritage we share as descendants of these two great congregations, but we are even more excited about our future.

We believe that God has placed us in Richmond in order to declare the Good News of God’s love for everyone we meet. Though we are blessed with a wonderful facility in which we gather for worship, fellowship, and study, we do not believe that CHURCH is merely bricks and mortar. Rather we understand CHURCH to be an expression and extension of God’s love to our community and world. CHURCH does not just happen in our building. It happens in the workplace, the neighborhood park, the school yard, and the grocery line. Basically, it happens wherever God actively loves people – and that is everywhere.

Our ministries aim to build connections of care to those in our community who may be dealing with big hurts or asking big questions, so that we might share with them the answer God in Jesus Christ.

Some of the ministries that have been birth in recent years include the creation of an active Youth and Children's Ministry, our involvement in local work that cares for the needy, homeless, and home-bound. Our educational/discipleship ministries have included Sunday School classes for all ages, a developing Small Group Missional Prayer Ministry, a top-notch music program, and more.

Our worship gatherings are all focused on celebrating the love of God Almighty. We believe that the greatest blessing of God’s grace is that we are now included in the family of God. Our worship services aim to be biblical, thoughtful, joyful expressions of praise for the God who includes us in His family.

I hope you will take some time and use this site as a way of getting to know a little bit about our church before making a visit. Look at the upcoming events on our church calendar. Visit our ministry pages and see what we are doing. Stop by our sermon archive page and listen to a few of our morning sermons. As you surf this site, you will be able to catch a ‘glimpse’ of what we are all about as a church.

How will you know if this is the right fellowship for you? There is only one way. You will need to make the choice to come and meet us in person. In fact, one visit will not be enough. Come and join us in worship over the next several weeks. Attend a fellowship gathering, a Sunday School class, or some other activity. Get a ‘feel’ for what God is doing here by talking to our staff or meeting some of our people. As you do, I feel certain you will experience the love of God Almighty and will get a sense of whether this is a place you can call home.

If you have any question, please feel free to send me an email at pastor@pattersonavenuebaptist.com, or call me at the church office at 804-355-6890.

Sincerely,

Bill Nieporte
Pastor, Patterson Avenue Baptist Church

 

P.S. Please check out my personal blog at http://www.nieporte.name

 

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