Chancellor Baptist Church began as a result of the desire of the Fredericksburg Baptist Association to start a church that would reach people in the Five Mile Fork area of Spotsylvania who were without a church home. As a result, a commitment to be a caring, welcoming community was built into the DNA of this congregation from the beginning and continues to be basic to our identity today.
In the early 1970s, Spotsylvania Co. was a quiet, rural area, but great change was coming! The Missions Committee of the Fredericksburg Baptist Association studied the county’s plans for growth and developed a strategy for responding. Twelve acres of land were obtained on Gordon Rd. with the expectation that a new church building would someday be placed there.
In 1988, a wave of growth had begun in Spotsylvania, and people started to work toward fulfillment of the vision of a new church. On September 11, a group of 24 people gathered in a home to worship together for the first time. The group grew quickly and had to move to another location. The church continued to grow, and in 1991, groundbreaking was held at our current site on Gordon Rd. Construction of a church building was completed a year later.
"I've been a farmer my whole life, and I feel that this might be my greatest harvest ever."
-George Thorburn, the gentleman who
generously donated the four acres of land
for the home of Chancellor Baptist Church
Through the years, the church has continued to grow. Every Sunday, small groups are offered for all ages, and three different styles of worship services are provided to meet the needs of a congregation made up of a diverse membership. Special programs are offered to minister to Children, Youth, and Senior Adults. English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) and a Food Pantry are among the ministries offered by Chancellor Baptist Church. Individuals and teams have gone out in ministry to other parts of the US, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Chancellor Baptist Church continues to work toward our original sense of purpose: to reach those without a church home. We want to point others to God and to call them into relationship with Jesus Christ and his followers, the church. The purpose is reflected in our focus statement: Connecting our community with God through life changing relationships.
Today, Chancellor Baptist Church has an average attendance of 300 people in worship each week. If our story stirs interest, we would love for you to consider joining us as we seek to live out God’s purpose for our lives.