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Riverside Baptist Church Selects Pastor

The Riverside Baptist Church is pleased to announce that it has called Rev. Mia Michelle McClain to be its Senior Pastor. Rev. McClain is the first African American and first woman to serve as Senior Pastor at Riverside Baptist and will begin her tenure on September 1, 2022.

Rev. McClain is currently the Associate Minister of Faith Formation and Outreach at the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is the first African-American in the history of Myers Park to be called to serve on its senior staff.

Rev. McClain is a licensed Baptist minister and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is active with the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ on special projects on the national level. She participates in several interfaith and justice initiatives.

Rev. McClain earned her Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. She was awarded the Seminary’s prestigious Jonathan Kneeland Preaching Award and the Karen Ziegler Feminist Preaching Prize.

Rev. McClain has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Arts Politics from New York University. She has performed in off-Broadway and regional theater productions. Her many interests include Worship Arts, Adult Spiritual Formation, Social Media Ministries, Music Composition and Arrangement, and Dance and Choreography. More information about Rev. McClain can be found on her personal website.

Be Aware of Scam Text Messages

Riverside Baptist Church is aware someone claiming to be from our church is attempting to scam people. We have received a report of someone calling themselves “Pastor Tom” from Riverside Baptist Church sending out text messages telling people they had been selected to receive $2,000 from the “Riverside Baptist Church disaster/pandemic relief support.” All they asked was to send their bank details.

This is not related to any activities of this church. Be aware that Riverside Baptist Church will NEVER ask for your bank account details.

Service for Robert Nelson is Wednesday

Robert Henry Nelson

Please join the Riverside Baptist community for the funeral service for Robert Henry Nelson on Wednesday, November 10. Visitation will be at 10:00 am, with the service beginning at 11:00 am. A repast will follow in the multipurpose room. For those who are unable to attend in person, the funeral service will also be shared via Zoom. Join the virtual service by following this link.

Robert’s zest for life was undeniable, his laugh, easy and frequent. He enjoyed the company of friends, even the furry kind. He cherished moments with family. He was known to buy used cars to donate or gift to friends. His interests were varied and many; from concerts, to plays to a fine glass of wine. A reader and war history buff, he was well versed in the Civil and World Wars. When visiting a museum or historical site, he was one of those people who would stop to read every plaque and was always primed to contribute in a lively discussion on politics, current affairs and religion.

An avid fan of football and basketball, he had a love-hate relationship with the (now) Washington Football Team. When they were doing poorly, he would playfully announce that he was officially a Baltimore Ravens fan!

He had many nicknames over the years: Bob, Bobby, Buttermilk (the origin of that one is still unclear), and his grandchildren lovingly called him Poppy, perhaps the most endearing of them all.

Surrounded by family and friends at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Robert entered into God’s eternal arms on November 1, 2021, following the path traversed by his sister Alice Leazer-Sharps, and brothers Cary and Oliver Nelson before him. His sisters, Judith Culberson and Gloria Nelson, brother, Kenneth Nelson, along with his daughters, grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends remain to carry his memory and continue his legacy.

Righteousness and Praise

“To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely – to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give you and no empire can take away.”

Cornel West

In light of this weekend’s events, Riverside Baptist Church wishes to state that we stand with and support our sisters and brothers of Asbury United Methodist Church and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal. Riverside remains resolute in her commitment to justice, peace, and love. We will contest hate and prejudice at every corner while demonstrating the radical teachings and love of Jesus, whom we both celebrate and await during this Advent season. Love will overcome.