Dover Baptist Association

Resourcing & equipping churches and their leaders.

Brief History of the Dover Baptist Association

Dover Baptist Association formed in 1783 when the General Association of Separate Baptists of Virginia divided at the James River.  A decision of the General Association of the Separate Baptists of Virginia to divide into “Upper” and “Lower” districts on the north side of the James River resulted in the formation of Dover Baptist Association.  The association first met in 1784 at the meetinghouse of Dover Baptist Church in Goochland County.  The twenty-two charter member churches had constituents in at least twenty-one Virginia counties.

By 1800, Dover soon took its place as a leading association, providing key leaders for the Baptist General Association of Virginia that organized in 1823.  Even during those early years Dover included congregations representing the ethnic variety of the region, reaching as far as Maryland.  We have a history of working with various believers in Kingdom causes.

In the early 1830s, the Campbellite or “Reformation” movement found Dover Association dealing with problems of doctrinal compromise by advising the churches to exclude the disaffected members.

After 1835, Dover exhibited a new unity and experienced rapid growth.  In the ensuing years Dover has released churches from membership to form new associations, among them, Rappahannock, Hermon, Peninsula and Richmond.

In 1955, the association created the office of Executive Secretary, today’s Executive Director of Missions.  William E. Cullers served from 1955-1961.  W. Paul Hepler served from 1962-1976.  Richard T. Moore served from 1977-1995.  Steven K. Allsbrook served from 1997-2017.  Dr. Robert Dale and Rev. Rose Mary Stewart served as co-Intentional Interim Executive Director of Missions from 2017-2019. The Reverend Dr. Maria Lynn was called to serve as the Interim Executive Director of Missions on July 14, 2020 (click here to read more). Dover is discerning God’s call for the next Executive Director of Missions. Dover Baptist Association continues to help its family of churches serve Christ as it serves the churches and their leaders, encouraging each other and doing missions together.

Upcoming Events

May
13
Thu
Dover WMU Annual Meeting @ North Run Baptist Church
May 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Dover WMU Annual Meeting

(Join us to get re-energized about missions)
Thursday, May 13, 2021
North Run Baptist Church
2100 Lydell Drive, Henrico, VA

(In-person and Zoom)

7:00 p.m. Guest Speaker:
Dr. Valerie Carter Smith
Executive Director/Treasurer of WMUV
Relentless: Living authentic faith in Christ

Mission Project Focus: The WMUV will collect hygiene, family, and children’s donation kits to deliver to Standing Rock this Summer! Visit for https://wmuv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Standing-Rock-Kit-Flyer-.pdf for more information on how you and your church can participate. You can bring your items to the annual meeting.

Plan to attend by Zoom?
Please register: www.doverbaptist.org/wmu/2021-registration

May
14
Fri
Prayer Council Meeting @ Dover Baptist Association
May 14 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Jul
13
Tue
Executive Committee @ Hunton & Zoom
Jul 13 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
6.01 MEMBERSHIP. Members shall be three representatives elected from each member church, the officers of the Association, committee chairpersons, and council directors. Only members of the Executive Committee may vote.

6.02 PURPOSE. It shall conduct all business for the Association between regular meetings.

BYLAW 4.01: MEETINGS

(a) Regular meetings shall be held the second Tuesday night of January, April, July and October for the purpose of transacting Association business between regular Association meetings[…]

Oct
12
Tue
Executive Committee @ Hunton & Zoom
Oct 12 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

CONSTITUTION: ARTICLE 6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
6.01 MEMBERSHIP. Members shall be three representatives elected from each member church, the officers of the Association, committee chairpersons, and council directors. Only members of the Executive Committee may vote.

6.02 PURPOSE. It shall conduct all business for the Association between regular meetings.

BYLAW 4.01: MEETINGS

(a) Regular meetings shall be held the second Tuesday night of January, April, July and October for the purpose of transacting Association business between regular Association meetings[…]

Oct
24
Sun
Annual Meeting
Oct 24 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

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