- 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.”