Monument Heights Church History

Monument Heights Baptist Church was formed October 29, 1950, by a group of 87 charter members who gathered for worship at the Westhampton Theatre on Grove Avenue, in Richmond’s fast-growing, post-war boom days.  A mission of Calvary Baptist, the church held their morning services at Westhampton Theatre and their evening services and weekly prayer meetings in the Marcuson family garage, 4703 W. Franklin St.  From the recommendation of the Baptist Council of Richmond to choose the “intersection of two prominent thoroughfares,” the congregation purchased a four acre lot on the corner of Monument and Libbie Avenues, where they dedicated their first building on May 19, 1952.

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Under the guidance of founding pastor, Rev. David F. White, the church established a vibrant age-graded Sunday School and Training Union.  By 1967 the membership had grown to 645, and construction for a new sanctuary became necessary.  The dedication of the current 750-seat sanctuary was held July 14, 1968. 

Following the 18-year pastorate of Rev. White, Rev. Aubrey “Buddy” Rosser served as pastor (1969-79).  A football player and graduate of the University of Richmond, Buddy helped establish the Wednesday Night Family Suppers and led the church to begin building a three story educational wing, including a fellowship hall and church office suite.  Rev. Michael Blackwell (1980-83) and Rev. Edward Freeman (1984-90) helped the church to complete this task and “Move a Mountain” to pay off the building debt.  Dr. Thomas Harrell (1991-2000) served as pastor during a time of transition for the church, and a Vision Committee was formed in 1999 to help the church chart their course for the new century that dawned.


Rev. Dr. Randy Clipp, PastorIn 2001 our former pastor, Dr. Randy Clipp, began his tenure.  During his tenure the church has completed a process of spiritual discernment and direction called Pursuing Vital Ministries.  In addition to taking mission teams to serve in Slovakia, Trinidad, Grenada, and Romania, our church also regularly feeds the homeless, hosts the CARITAS homeless ministry, and participates in an annual Love in Action Day to reach out to our community.  We began a Tuesday night English Language School in 2002  and helped plant a unique multicultural church, the International Community Church, which began to worship in our Fellowship Hall monthly in 2009.  The Monument Heights Day School began Aug. 4, 2008, with 13 students and has grown to a current enrollment of 85.

A $1.9 million building renovation of our children, preschool, and entrance area was dedicated on Sept. 1, 2011.  As the Spirit guides us into a bright future, we look forward to being the presence of Christ to the peoples of our community.

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