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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

Mar
2
Tue
Dover Pastors & Ministry Staff Prayer Gathering @ Zoom
Mar 2 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
A/V & Tech Support Network @ Zoom
Mar 2 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Introducing the Dover A/V Support Group

It has been almost a year now since COVID forced all churches to implement more technology in an incredibly short period of time. Some are now masters at Zoom and other platforms—whether we wanted to be or not!

A new support group just for A/V and tech people has launched! This is an informal network primarily for volunteers working all this out mostly behind the scenes.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 2, 2021, 6:30 PM

Contact sam.duenckel@doverbaptist.org to register.

Mar
4
Thu
Community Conversations: Ministry idea exchange among children and youth ministers/leaders @ Zoom
Mar 4 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Community Conversations

Each monthly conversation will explore an area of associational ministry in need of development and will include committee, council or team members, ministers and congregational leaders interested in the topic.
March 4: Ministry idea exchange among children and youth ministers/leaders.

Morning sessions: 10 a.m. – Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m
Please email sam.duenckel@doverbaptist.org for the Zoom link.

Community Conversations: Ministry idea exchange among children and youth ministers/leaders @ Zoom
Mar 4 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Community Conversations

Each monthly conversation will explore an area of associational ministry in need of development and will include committee, council or team members, ministers and congregational leaders interested in the topic.
March 4: Ministry idea exchange among children and youth ministers/leaders.

Morning sessions: 10 a.m. – Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m
Please email sam.duenckel@doverbaptist.org for the Zoom link.

Mar
9
Tue
Dover Council @ Dover & Zoom
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mar
11
Thu
Congregational Leadership Workshops: Mission Dialog for Churches
Mar 11 @ 10:00 AM

Congregational Leadership Workshops
These workshops are designed to offer training and information for church ministry groups or committees.

March 11: Mission Dialog for Churches
Morning sessions: 10 a.m.-Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Congregational Leadership Workshops: Mission Dialog for Churches
Mar 11 @ 6:30 PM

Congregational Leadership Workshops
These workshops are designed to offer training and information for church ministry groups or committees.

March 11: Mission Dialog for Churches
Morning sessions: 10 a.m.-Noon
Evening sessions: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Mar
16
Tue
Pastor Health Network @ Dover & Zoom
Mar 16 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Job Openings

Weekly Prayer Focus:

At least one (1) Dover church is featured each week for prayer emphasis. We encourage you to lift each church up in prayer, including its leaders, ministries, members, and community.

The leaders of Tipi Wakan Ministries, our Dover Staff, and in Dover’s churches:

February 28: Deep Run Baptist Church
Rick Allison, Pastor
February 28: Dover Baptist Church
Todd Kube, Pastor
March 7: East Gate Baptist Church
Catherine Lee, Pastor
March 7: Elon Baptist Church
Randy Secrist Pastor