Who we are

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 have employed 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 keyboards and guitars in another, we speak many worship languages as we seek to share the gospel with authenticity and relevance.

Our Goal

Love God, Love Others, Make Disciples, Serve the World!

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 

Becoming a Member of First Baptist

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 going forward and speaking with the pastor during the final song of any of our worship services or by making an appointment to meet with our pastor.