Winter Protein Pantry Prepares for Opening

By Southwester Staff The Riverside Baptist Church on 7th Street and Maine Avenue SW will launch a Winter Protein Pantry on December 11th.  Every 2nd Sunday during December-March, community members will be able to grab items from the pantry and fellowship over a cup of hot cider or coffee. Please share the word with neighbors.  […]

Riverside Baptist Marks 165th Anniversary

By Georgine Wallace On September 25th, Riverside Baptist Church  held a special service to mark its 165th anniversary. Members of the public who missed the celebration of this historic occasion can still walk into the church’s atrium and view their rotating history exhibit of photographs and artifacts that highlight milestones in the church’s history. Please […]

Faith Community: Riverside Baptist Church Welcomes First Woman, African American to Serve as Senior Pastor

By Georgine Wallace Mia Michelle McClain is the new pastor of Riverside Baptist Church. She is the first woman and the first African American to serve as Senior Pastor at Riverside Baptist in its 165 years of existence. Prior to coming to Southwest, Reverend McClain served as the Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach […]

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 […]