Concord Baptist Church Chase City, VA
About Concord Baptist Church
Our Mission Statement
Concord Baptist Church is pastor and people called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the beliefs of the evangelical Christian faith. Our duty is to maintain the worship of God, to encourage in all persons the love of Christ and a passion for His righteousness. We pledge our lives to Christ and covenant with each other to demonstrate His Spirit through worship, witnessing, and ministry, while serving and praying for the needs of the people of this church and community.
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A Brief History
During a brief period before the organization of Concord Baptist Church, both black and white members worshiped together. Eventually in 1871, black members decided to separate and organize their own church, filled with those Christians who experienced many challenges and struggles in their search for a new church home. The first house of worship was held in a "bush arbor" where members had to sit on backless benches. According to reports, when it rained services were cancelled. It was later that Mr. Leach, a white gentleman, donated a one room white building for the worshippers to have services in. The building had a shingled roof and unpainted siding. A pot bellied stove and benches were added to this structure by some of the members. It was later that the white membership moved to its present location at 11650 Hwy 47, Chase City, VA., while the black membership relocated to this current site.
The following ministers have served the Concord Baptist Church as pastors during the past 140 years of our existence: Rev. D.R. Leach, Rev. Jim Thomas, Rev. Joe Dodson, Rev. R.C. Yancey, Rev. L.T. Tharp, Rev. Alex Pointer, Rev. L.E. Coleman, Rev.Dr. J.C. Byrd, Rev. Charles Taylor, Rev. Joseph Taylor, Rev. Albert Morrow, Rev.Dr. Vaughan Cunningham, Rev.Dr. Wade Richmond, and Rev. E.Douglas Reams.
The Mission Continues
Under the present leadership of our Pastor, Raleigh Bagley III, Concord has a new mandate and vision from God. We continue to spiritually grow closer to God in our personal relationships with Jesus Christ as we minister His Gospel with a fresh perspective that effectively engages the culture of today's world. Our efforts to build God's kingdom continue to challenge both faith and hope, with an expectation of a greater anointing. As we engage the culture, Christ's message to us is clear: Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.
"And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns." Philipians 1: 6