The Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association was a part of the Northern Virginia Baptist Association for a number of years. Northern Virginia was organized in the early part of 1877 and the first session was held in Culpeper with the Rev. George Horner preaching the first sermon. It covered a wide area stretching from Alexandria to Fairfax, to Culpeper, and to a part of West Virginia. Due to this vast area during the horse and buggy days and the irregular train service, traveling was a grave problem. For that reason, on July 17, 1889, a council of twenty one churches met in the Antioch Baptist Church, Culpeper, VA at which time a resolution was drawn up to organize another association in the area.
The resolution was accepted and approved, thus, the first session of the New Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association was held in August of that year. The Moderator selected was Rev. R. H. Carey and the secretary was Rev. L.L.Marshall.
The name for this body was adopted from the old Wayland Seminary, of which many of its founders were products, and the chain of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which dotted the area here and there.
Today, the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association consists of over 40 churches in the counties of Culpeper, Greene, Fauquier, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, and Spotsylvania.
**This overview was excerpted from the 100th Annual Session Historical Pictorial Minutes, August 1989.
(Excerpt from WBRBA, Inc. Constitution) The purpose of this Association shall be for fraternal communication and mutual counsel, to promote the union of churches, to encourage Christian and General education, and to advance the cause of Christ by all means consistent with the teachings of the word of God. While it is an Association, all dictatorial power over the churches is disclaimed.
As an Association, it may give advice when requested by churches upon questions that they deliberately considered without being able to arrive at satisfactory conclusions. This Association may inquire into, and by publishing minutes, furnish information as to the general state of churches. It may open a correspondence with other Associations, publish ministerial information, appoint annual recess, and shall have power to recommend such measures for the consideration of churches as it may think best calculated to promote and further the cause of Christianity.
The Association may aid any of the objects of Christian benevolence by giving from funds sent to the Association by them for a specific object or benevolence, and may act as a Missionary Society in sustaining a Mission within its own bounds.
The Association shall meet annually on Monday after the second Sunday in August at 10:00 a.m. The Association shall be composed of delegates from the churches forming the Association, and all business conducted by delegates along with its Pastor. Each church shall send with their delegates a letter giving the condition of the church and such statistical information as will be of interest to the denomination.
Welcome to the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center!
The Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Center in Rixeyville opened in August 2001. The Center is the culmination of many years of toil and tears by officers and members of the Wayland Blue Ridge Baptist Association, Inc. It is our esteemed pleasure to welcome the community to our facility to share in God’s abundant blessings.
The “vision” for a Baptist Center began a number of years ago by past Moderators of the Association. Although many of the visionaries have passed on, it is their prayers and their vision that have sustained the current membership to this day.
Today, we can truly say that “we’ve come this far by faith, learning on the Lord!” The Center is no longer just a “vision”, it is a reality. To God be the glory! We truly believe in the Association’s motto as stated, “An Association with a Spiritual vision secures unity.”
We trust that you will enjoy the activities and events that will be presented in this Center dedicated to Christian principles, rooted and grounded in the Word of God.
Main Auditorium with a seating capacity of 330.
Lower Auditorium with seating capacity of 280 persons at round tables (8 persons per table)
Commercial Kitchen featuring stove dishwasher and preparation island.
State-of-the-art sound system including videotaping, CD, and cassette recording.
Multi-purpose activites to include worship services, seminars, workshops, confrences, weddings, etc.