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

Dover Council @ Dover & Zoom
Dec 8 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual Dover Ministers’ Advent Mini-Retreat @ Dover & Zoom
Dec 17 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Virtual Dover Ministers’
Advent Mini-Retreat
Date: Thursday, December 17
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the regular Dover Ministers’ Open House will shift to a virtual Advent mini-retreat (1 hour). During this hour, there will be a time of prayer, a
devotional, and sharing of concerns and praises. Please register so that we can make sure you are able to participate.

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:

November 22: Tsena Commocko Baptist Church
Ed Preston, Pastor
November 29: Walnut Grove Baptist Church
Dan McFaden, Interim Pastor