Our history is traced to the old Orange Church, erected in 1732 just east of Ruckersville. On June 9, 1879, the church was moved to Ruckersville and called the Union Church. Early in 1890, three denominations organized; the Baptists, the Methodists, and the Disciples.
In 1906, the will of Mrs. Mary Sims Garr left $450 to help build a permanent Baptist Church at Ruckersville. Mrs. Garr lived in Kentucky but was formerly of Ruckersville. Members worshiped in the Union Church until 1908, at which time the present church was erected.
A Long History of Sharing Christ’s Love
On December 18, 1892, the Baptist congregation organized with 17 signers. From the beginning, Ruckersville Baptist Church was a Gospel-preaching, evangelical church. Its original members signed a covenant in which they promised, “That we will walk circumspectly in the world, that we may win souls remembering that God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of love and of power and of sound mind; that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.” Not only did Ruckersville Baptist Church commit to local evangelism, but it also supported overseas missions. The congregation financially supported overseas missions from its founding and created a missionary society in 1906. This focus to share the truth of the Gospel with others in their community and around the world has been apparent throughout our history.
An Unshakable Committment to God’s Mission
One of the most significant events in the life of the church occurred early on Sunday, August 22, 2010 when two young men set the church on fire. The sanctuary was almost completely destroyed. It took about a year and a half for Ruckersville Baptist Church to rebuild. During the interim period, the church conducted regular weekly worship services under an outside pavilion or in its fellowship hall. Ruckersville Baptist Church received more than $30,000 in donations from outside the church to rebuild. On Sunday, March 11, 2012, the congregation met for the first time in the restored state-of-the-art sanctuary.
Ruckersville Baptist Church’s perseverance to rebuild after the fire demonstrated the church’s unshakable dedication to carry out God’s Great Commission under steady and committed leadership. The church has provided generous support to missions in the Philippines, Ukraine, India, and Mexico.