Our History

  • Oldest independent Black church in Richmond.
    Since its founding, the church has been known by three different names:
    – The African Church of Manchester, 1821.
    – First Baptist Church of Manchester, 1865, after the civil war.
    – First Baptist Church of South Richmond, with the merger of the cities of Richmond and Manchester.
  • Organized by free Blacks, 44 years before the end of the civil war.
  • Never part of a white congregation.
  • Four Black pastors have served since the Civil War:
    – Rev. Richard Wells—1865-1870
    – Dr. Anthony Binga, Jr. 1872-1919
    – Dr. W.L. Ransome, 1920-1973
    – Rev. Dr. Dwight C. Jones, Senior Pastor 1973-Present
    – Rev. Dr. Derik E. Jones, Pastor 2009-Present
  • Three of the churches black pastors have run for the General Assembly of the state of Virginia.
  • The Imani Intergenerational Center and Imani Mews Apartments (68 units and 25,000 sq.ft. of retail space) were each erected under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Dwight C. Jones.
  • The church extended it’s ministry to Chesterfield County in 2005.
  • For more history about our church, see our History Books:
    • Traveling On Volumes I: First Baptist, South Richmond…
    • Today and the First Fifty Years, 1821-1871
    • Volume II: A 133 Year Journey After the Civil War 1865-1998
    • “The Wells, Binga, Ransome, Jones Years.”
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