Who We Are
We are a church located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Every church is viewed in different ways based on their practices. We hope that our identity is viewed as an evangelical, reformed, baptist, Bible-preaching church seeking to promote love for God, one another, and the world in all that we do.
We are evangelical because we believe the gospel is what defines who we are and what we must do. The gospel defines who we are in Christ in that we only have the hope of salvation in his death, burial, resurrection, and return. The gospel defines what we do because we can only proclaim Christ and what he has accomplished for us.
We are reformed because we believe that God, in his good grace, is sovereign and we are not. Generally speaking, we must begin with the “solas” of the Protestant Reformation, but we do not stop there with our confession. We believe that we are totally depraved and God must sovereignly show his grace to us in order for us to know him as the Savior. We believe that the Christian religion is about exalting and glorifying God alone, not ourselves or our work.
We preach the Bible because it is the only source of God’s wisdom, truth, and message of salvation. We preach through books of the Bible (usually alternating between OT and NT) and each sermon is expositional in nature, meaning it’s focus is the focus of the inspired passage.
We are family friendly and committed to being a family of God as adopted sons and daughters in Christ. This is lived out in our fellowship, discipleship, and gospel care for one another. We are also committed to encouraging families to fulfill their callings so that men are trained to be heads of households, women godly helpmates, and children honoring and obedient to their parents. Adoption is a primary conviction of the church so that its theological and practical applications are emphasized among the body.
We are baptist because we believe that the church is the body of Christ that is made up of converted confessors of Christ. We therefore only baptize professing believers and have a high view of church membership.
Keith Goad is the pastor of Jefferson Park Baptist Church. Before becoming JPBC's pastor in 2010, he was a lay pastor of Third Avenue Baptist in Louisville, KY. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a PhD in patristic doctrine, particularly the doctrine of the Trinity. He currently resides in Charlottesville with his wife and 2 daughters.
Jefferson Park Baptist Church
2505 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
9:00 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM Sunday Service
6:00 PM Wednesday Service