About Us


About Us

The Mount Carmel Baptist Church is located in Historic Church Hill on Richmond’s east end in the Chimborazo District. We are a biblically-centered Baptist church where the word of God is preached and taught. We strive to live as the Word of God teaches. Our mission is to be a ministry of “LOVE” as God so Loves us.

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Where we come from

Historical Overview

A council from the Baptist Churches of Richmond was called in October 1887 with Rev. Wells, the Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church serving as chairman, and the church was organized with Rev. White, having been licensed to preach and Rev. Wells naming the church. The Sunday School raised money for the purchase of two lots on which the first building was erected. 

The first Sunday in October 1888 was a great day at The Mount Carmel Baptist Church celebrating its first baptism. In December 1889, through adversity and struggle, a new building was dedicated to God at Saint James and Fritz Streets with appropriate services. 

A few more years of progress and inspiration and this building became inadequate to accommodate the congregation, so the lot at 1303 North First Street was purchased and in 1904 a new building was erected. On August 19, 1913 after a pastorate of twenty-six years, the Founder and first Pastor died on his sixtieth birthday. In June 1958 we moved to 3200 East Broad Street under the leadership of Dr. E. D. McCreary, Jr., where the congregation currently meets.

The Church has been blessed with God fearing and inspiring Pastors to lead us in our walk with God and they were:

Rev. William H. White 1887 - 1913

Rev. Edward D. Caffee, Sr. 1914 - 1923

Rev. Berryman H. Johnson 1924 - 1927

Rev. Frederick W. Black, Sr. 1928 -1937

Rev. John L. Wood 1938 -1943

Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Freeman 1944 -1951

Rev. Rosamond C. Kay, Jr. 1952 -1954

Rev. Dr. Edward D. McCreary, Jr. 1954 -1988

Rev. Dr. John S. Fountaine 1990 -1995

Rev. Dr. William E. Jackson 1997 - 2001

Rev. Dr. Stephen Greene Howard 2003 - 2016

Rev. Marvin L. Gilliam, Jr. 2019 - present

To God be the Glory for all the marvelous things He has done for The Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, TMCBC is committed to fostering a family built around hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at TMCBC. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Mount Carmel family.