2015 Dover Semiannual Meeting

Dover churches may send voting messengers to this meeting (see below). In addition to voting messengers, the Association invites any Dover Baptist and their guests to share in this inspiring meeting.

Location: Mount Olivet Baptist Church
15583 Coatesville Road, Beaverdam 23015

Time: 3-5 pm

Elect your Messengers! Article 4 of Dover’s Constitution states:
Each member church shall be entitled to send two messengers to Annual, Semiannual and special Called Association Meetings.  A church that contributes at least $400 to the General Fund during the Association’s previous fiscal year shall be entitled to have three (3) messengers.  An additional messenger is added for each additional $400 contribution to the General Fund up to a maximum of seven (7) messengers for any church.

Operation Inasmuch Training

What is Operation Inasmuch?
Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that employs proven models to motivate, train, and equip churches to move more congregants out of the sanctuary seats and into the streets to serve the neediest in their communities.
Operation Inasmuch is also a movement of churches across America, a Compassion Revolution. Over 1600 churches in 21 states have joined the Revolution. 405 of these churches reported that they collectively sent out more than 22,000 volunteers in 2011 to minister to 116,000 people in their communities, representing $3M in labor hours and material costs. Lives within and without these churches changed!

A training session for churches that want to hold an Inasmuch Day will be held Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 a.m.-Noon.
Location: Parham Road Baptist Church

RSVP to Dover Office (550-1980)  or by Tuesday, March 3

Where can I learn more?
To learn more about Operation Inasmuch, go to


Tax and Compensation Planning Seminar

February 18 | 9am-Noon
Virginia Baptist Mission Board

All aspects of compensation will be covered to help minimize your risk and potential for substantial penalties resulting from non-compliance with State and Federal Tax Laws.

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Dover Expresses Sympathy to the Family of Dr. James Ellis

Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:21 pm

ELLIS, Rev. Dr. James Welborn Sr., passed away on December 18, 2014 with his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Gentry Ellis by his side. Dr. Ellis was born on July 22, 1926 in Covington County, Ala. He graduated from Auburn University in 1948 with a B.S. degree. In 1954, he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., with a Bachelor of Divinity and in 1956 with a Master's degree in Theology. In 1958, he married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Sue Gentry. In 1978, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. During his ministry, he served churches in Florida, Indiana, Missouri and Alabama. From 1959 to 1969, he served as Pastor of First Baptist Church, Livingston, Ala. In 1969, Dr. Ellis moved his family from Alabama to Ashland, Va., to become the Pastor at First Baptist Church, Ashland, where he spent the most significant part of his ministry from 1969 to 1992. During his ministerial career, he served on the Alabama Baptist State Executive Board (1965), the Virginia Baptist General Board (1974-78), served as moderator of the Dover Baptist Association (1980-82), chairman of the Executive Director Search Committee for the Virginia Baptist General Board (1986), member of the Board of Trustees of the Religious Herald and served two years as president of the Religious Herald (1983-1999). In retirement, he served as interim pastor of Hanover Evangelical Friends Church in Mechanicsville (1992-93) and intentional interim pastor of Orange Baptist Church, Orange, Va. (1995-96). He is survived by his wife, Betty; his son, Jim Ellis and his wife, Kate Dunn; his daughter, Beth Ellis Schubert and her husband, Ted Schubert; his four grandchildren, Cullen Ellis, Lucy Ellis, Ted Schubert and Ben Schubert; and a host of devoted family, friends from First Baptist Church and his Stebbins Street Family. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Chapel at First Baptist Church, Ashland. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Ashland with a reception to follow. Following the reception, burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Ashland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the James W. Ellis Sr. Memorial Fund at First Baptist Church, Ashland.

IRS Announces Business Mileage Rate Increase

The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014  
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

Taxpayers always have the option of claiming deductions based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than the standard mileage rates.

A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after claiming accelerated depreciation, including the Section 179 expense deduction, on that vehicle. Likewise, the standard rate is not available to fleet owners (more than four vehicles used simultaneously). Details on these and other special rules are in Revenue Procedure 2010-51, the instructions to Form 1040 and various online IRS publications including Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax.

Besides the standard mileage rates, Notice 2014-79, posted today on, also includes the basis reduction amounts for those choosing the business standard mileage rate, as well as the maximum standard automobile cost that may be used in computing an allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

Prayer Focus:

Union of Christian Baptists of Macedonia

Week of: November 22
Tree Ridge Baptist Church
Brad Harris, Pastor

Week of: November 29
Tsena Commocko Baptist Church
Ed Preston, Pastor