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

Jul
13
Tue
Missions Awareness Day @ North Run Baptist Church
Jul 13 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Missions Awareness Day
Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 11 a.m.–Noon
North Run Baptist Church, 2100 Lydell Drive, 23228

Come learn about a ministry that begins in the Goshen Baptist Association and ends in AFRICA with a stop in Michigan along the way.
Terry Graham and Joyce Salmon, Goshen Mission Stitchers, will tell about their most recent trip to Rockwood, Michigan, where the headquarters of Little Dresses for Africa is located.

To assist the Stitchers in their portion of this ministry to African women and children, please consider bringing Girls Underwear, sizes 14, 16, 18 (briefs preferred); Cute Cotton Pillowcases and Fabric (not microfiber, not white or black); Flannel and Warm ‘n Natural 100% Cotton Quilt Batting; Financial Donations for the Stitchers to do the buying!

Special notes: Registration is requested! We need to know the number of adults and children who will be attending. The children will have an age-appropriate session of their own. No food will be served. To register, contact Darlene Herod at her work number: (804) 289-8435 or the Dover office: (804) 550-1980.

Executive Committee @ Dover & 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[…]

Jul
16
Fri
Prayer Council Meeting @ Dover Baptist Association
Jul 16 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Oct
12
Tue
Executive Committee @ Dover Baptist Association
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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