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About Fifth Baptist Church

Richmond, VA

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Our Mission

 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

~ Proverbs 4:7

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To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Head of the Church and to continue and maintain the Church being centered on the principles and truths of God's word (Bible fed and Bible led). The Church is to teach God's word with simplicity and understanding so that the people of God can apply it to their everyday lives. It is through the Word of God that we attain to perfection, maturity and edification to do the work of ministry. Therefore, we endeavor to prepare and equip every member for every good work of God (Proverbs 4:7; Ephesians 4:12

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Our History

 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

~ Ephesians 4:12


Fifth Baptist Church enjoys a rich heritage of spiritual and physical growth. The roots of Fifth Baptist can be traced to humble beginnings in February, 1865. A small group of slaves sharing a desire to worship the Lord would slip away from their quarters during the late evening hours. A torn and tattered shed located near a trash dump on Navy Hill is where the slaves would gather, risking punishment and death, to sing and offer prayers of thanksgiving and liberation.

Slavery was abolished and the ex-slaves continued their religious journey. In 1872, Warwick stable, located at the corner of Morris and Main Streets, was chosen as the new site for the church. The Rev. Charles Bowles was chosen as the first pastor and services were held on the second floor of the stable without fear of reprisal from the slave masters.

From the beginning, informal groups of men, referred to as trustee, directed the activities of the church. The early trustees sought to build the church on a solid spiritual and financial foundation allowing for orderly worship and growth.

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Our Leadership

Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness - 1 Peter 5:2


Dr. Earl M. Brown, Pastor

Dr. Earl M. Brown is a native of Williamston, NC. He is the son of the late Dr. George and Christine Brown. He is married to the former Carrie Hill of Blounts Creek, NC and the father of one son, The Reverend Ricardo L. Brown, Co-Pastor of Fifth Baptist Church, who is married to the former Cynthia Wyatt of Columbus, OH... 


Dr. Ricardo L. Brown, Pastor

Dr. Ricardo L. Brown was born on June 9, 1970 in Ahoskie, N.C. He is the only child of Dr. Earl M. Brown & Mrs. Carrie H. Brown. Dr. Brown is a third-generation Baptist preacher...