Faith Community: Riverside Baptist Evolves to Meet the Needs of Southwest for 165 Years

By Georgine Wallace  At night, the illuminated stained-glass windows of the new Riverside Baptist Church cast a soothing glow on the corner of 7th Street and Maine Avenue SW, providing a morsel of serenity to the busy intersection. The stained-glass windows may look familiar as they were transferred from the preceding structure. In fact, the […]

Riverside Baptist Church Announces Scholarship Program

By Southwester Staff Riverside Baptist Church is one of the oldest churches in Southwest, tracing its roots back to the Island Baptist Church, founded in 1857. The church has been on the corner of 7th Street and Maine Avenue SW since the 1960’s, and in 2019 moved into a new building.  Today, Riverside prides itself […]

Two Churches Practice Unity and Resistance

While Riverside Baptist awaits completion of its new church building at 7th and Maine Streets SW, the congregation has started joint 11 a.m. Sunday worship with Westminster Presbyterian at 4th and I Streets SW. Riverside Pastor Michael Bledsoe and Westminster Co-Pastors Brian and Ruth Hamilton alternate preaching and the services are a rich blend of […]

Rwandan Leader and Author to Speak at Riverside

For many Americans, the country of Rwanda has become synonymous with the tragedy of genocide. Books and films such as Hotel Rwanda have forever etched into our mind’s eye the way in which brutality is both deep-rooted and terribly immediate. The story of Rwanda, however, should also teach us something else. It should teach us […]

Riverside Baptist Redevelopment Gets the Nod from Zoning Commission

As seen on The Little Quadrant that Could blog. (Visit http://www.swtlqtc.com for more info.) Renderings courtesy of PN Hoffman. Last week, the Zoning Commission took final action to give approval to Riverside Baptist Church’s consolidated PUD. A new sanctuary for Riverside will be built at 7th Street and Maine Avenue while PN Hoffman will build […]