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The United Baptist Church

7100 Columbia Pike | Annandale, VA 22003

Ph: 703.256.5900 Hours: In person, by Appointment, M-F: 9 am-3 pm


Thank you for your support for the Baptist General Association of Virginia’s efforts to support Ukranian Baptists to assist with humanitarian needs. Our members donated a total of $485.00 through UBC to the BGAV Ukraine Fund, channeled to Ukraine through the European Baptist Federation (EBF), of which Ukrainian Baptists are members; the moneys helped purchase food, hygiene items, medicine, blankets, and needed items for the internally displaced people (IDPs). Although our church emphasis is over, you may still give by credit card by going online to Be sure to specify Ukraine Aid on the drop-down menu.

As the Missions Committee considers other ways we can help, our Missions partner, Baptist World Alliance, is involved through Baptist World Aid, collaborating with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to work through NGO’s and other denominations both on the ground in Ukraine and in Eastern Europe. Most churches in areas of heavy fighting have been destroyed, so the leaders share these prayer points: pray for a just peace; for separated families; and for strength, endurance, wisdom, and courage. You may watch Dr. Elijah Brown’s video on Another partner of Baptist Groups fighting for Religious Liberty especially in Ukraine is 21Wilberforce Freedom Center, founded by John Leland Center’s first president, Randall Everett. If you want more information, please go to

What is the Baptist Tradition?

Historically, Christians of the Baptist traditions began as "separatist" which our fellow Anglicans labeled us, during the late 1500's in England. Since that beginning, FREEDOM has been a key passion. Four "freedoms" have dominated:

  • Bible Freedom: Christians are obligated to study and be free to use the best scholarly tools of inquiry. The Bible is central to individual and church life, but always under the authority of Jesus, the Christ of God. No institutional church authority can be allowed to obscure or limit this freedom.
  • Soul Freedom: The right and responsibility of every individual to form a personal relationship with God, without the imposition of a creed (a human summary of absolute truths), dominance by clergy, or the intervention of civil government (to promote or to authorize).
  • Church Freedom: Under the authority of Jesus, the Christ, local churches are free to determine their membership, ordain their leadership, determine the form of their ministry, and to associate with the larger Christian community.
  • Religious Freedom: Christians are free OF religion, FOR religion, and free FROM religion. The state is not Christ and Christ is not the state. This protects the integrity of Christians to speak to public issues without trying to use the coercive powers of the state to advocate their positions. Religious freedom advocates that the best society is where persons of Faith and of no Faith are free to advocate and debate beliefs.