Huguenot Road Baptist Church began as a mission of both the Richmond Baptist Association and Bon Air Baptist Church. Many perceived the need for a Baptist witness south of Bon Air, and a piece of land upon which the present buildings rest was purchased.
A group from Bon Air Baptist Church sensed the call of God to begin this new work, and they began to meet in a house on Montieth Road. Below are a few bullet points of our ongoing history:
The church called Dr. Russell Wallis as its first minister
Groundbreaking for the first building on the present property (the Wallis Building)
Services held in chapel in the Wallis Building until 1986
Huguenot Road Baptist Church formally constituted
Ministry of Dr. Tim Dixon
Youth and children’s ministries were expanded, communications with the congregation were enhanced, and staffing was begun
Ministry of Dr. Bob Teems
Membership increased by 155 percent and Sunday school enrollment increased by almost 100 percent
Family Life Building completed
Congregation felt the need to minister to families and children by building a gym before building a formal sanctuary
Ministry of Dr. Ray Pollard
Second service held in the gym to accommodate growing congregation; women were also first ordained as deacons during this period
Ministry of Dr. Charles Chandler
Ministry of Dr. Bert Browning
Ministries expanded, including specific ministries to senior adults, youth, and children. More staff were added to fill needs. Additional discipleship groups were added, as well as domestic and foreign mission opportunities.
Expansion and Renovation of Buildings Completed
The church’s 3 buildings were connected, creating an open space downstairs that is ideal for fellowship. Additional classroom space was also added, as well as an elevator and more bathrooms.
Ministry of Dr. Bob Lee