History

Beale Memorial Baptist Church has a long and rich history in Tappahannock, Virginia. The church was founded in 1875 by the Reverend Frank Browning Beale. It was then known as Centennial Baptist Church, named in honor of our nation’s first centennial. Later, the church’s name was changed to Beale Memorial to reflect appreciation to its founding pastor.

Beale originally met in the old Essex County Courthouse, a colonial structure on the National Register of Historic Places.

Old Beale Church

Old Beale Church

The current structure contains the original walls of the old courthouse (originally constructed in 1728). In 1875 the Tappahannock Baptists organized Centennial Baptist Church. The building had been the scene in 1774 of the trial and sentencing to jail of four Baptist ministers for “preaching and expounding the Scriptures contrary to law.” Beale’s story is connected to the struggle for religious liberty in the British colonies. It’s remarkable that a Baptist congregation would one day meet where Colonial Baptist ministers were tried for simply being Baptist, and sharing the Gospel.

Beale Memorial Baptist Church is mission-minded congregation. Its members are active in the expression of their faith. Currently, there are three active international mission projects. This continued work is being done in Ghana, Guatemala and Kenya. Our church is also engaged in various ministries throughout our community and around the state. In recent years we have assisted in disaster relief, home repair, installation of a well and septic systems, the building of handicapped ramps and other projects. Each ministry mentioned above required a person or persons, to seize an opportunity God set before them. Not only did they see it, they then had to take a leap of faith.

Each Sunday morning we gather for worship at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. We have a full lineup of Sunday school classes for infants through adults. There’s a place for you at Beale!

If you can’t join us in Tappahannock for worship, we would love to have you listen in on our live stream. Or, you can listen to any number of our podcasts.

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