On behalf of the entire membership here at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, "Welcome to GSBC!" We are extremely elated that you have chosen to visit our church's website. Ours is a very rich and treasured history and heritage and we would love to have you as a part of us as we make calculated steps in the direction of the vision that God has given us.

You are invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for Church School and at 11:00 a.m. for Morning Worship Service!

We encourage you to look closely at our many ministries. At Good Shepherd, our endeavor is to minister to the "whole person." In that connection, we feel certain that when you check out our "Food for the Soul" menu, you will find that from the youngest child to the eldest among our seniors, there is a place at Good Shepherd for you. We feel certain that, were you to join us, your addition and contributions to one or more of our ministries would greatly enhance what we are trying to do with the help of the Lord.

From its humble beginnings in 1918 until this present time, the Good Shepherd family has been striving to do God's will God's way. In that endeavor, we provide a place where God's Word and truths are taught and practiced. We also make every effort to nurture the needs and aspirations of our members and others in the community. Being faithful to our commitments as Christians, we respond to the call of God in the observation of all rites of the Church and we earnestly seek to model our lives after the life of Christ. In an ever-changing society inside and outside the church, we demonstrate God's love in our lives through our commitment to service, the giving of tithes, and the use of our talents. As we take the lead in being God's examples in the world, we accept responsibility for our actions by upholding and maintaining ethical and religious standards.

We embrace wholeheartedly our theme as a church family: God's People Moving from Vision to Victory. We earnestly feel that God has truly blessed us with many victories along the way, but there is much more in store for us as we continue to listen to the voice of God and follow His guidance. I feel that God's vision for us here at GSBC includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A Family Life Center
  • A Credit Union
  • A Daycare Service for children and adults
  • A 24-hour counseling service
  • Senior housing/assisted living facilities
  • A safe haven for domestic abuse/violence victims

Our earnest desire is to be a beacon light in a dark world, leading men, women, boys and girls to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We invite you to join us in our efforts to accomplish this daunting, but vitally necessary task. We are, and shall remain, "God's People Moving from Vision to Victory." To God be the glory!

Good Shepherd Baptist Church had its beginnings in 1918 when a small group of persons separated from Thirty-first Street Baptist Church to form their own church at the corner of 32nd and O Streets. The church quickly out grew that facility and in 1945 purchased the site at 1200 North 28th Street. In 1982 the congregation moved into its current facility.

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 23, 2004 as Phase 1 of our expansion project began which included the installation of an elevator, administrative offices, additional classrooms, a chapel and a new music/fellowship hall. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication Service were held on Homecoming Sunday, September 24, 2006 marking the completion of Phase 1.

Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Tuckahoe Baptist Association, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the American Baptist Churches, USA. Our pastors from 1918 to 1992 have been the Reverend Robert C. Williams, the Reverend Andrew D. Smith, The Reverend Dr. Paul Nichols and the Reverend Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. The Reverend Dr. Sylvester Thomas Smith was installed as our fifth pastor on June 5, 1994.

In addition to the traditional ministries, various ministries have been instituted: the Scholarship Program which provides scholarship money to members who are seeking their first undergraduate degree; Youth Bible Study and Men's Bible Study; a Golden Age Program allows the church members to show their appreciation to members who are 70 years of age and older; an Aerobics Class for adults and a Summer Day Camp for children. The community is also served through Church-sponsored Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Programs. The Senior Center Program operates each week day to give older persons in the church and community a safe place to fellowship and participate in exciting activities.

We believe the ministry here is fruitful and many lives have been changed through the power of God. Throughout our journey, we have remained a faithful people, magnifying the Lord and exalting His name. We give honor and thanks to God for His grace and mercy.

The Reverend Dr. Sylvester T. Smith is a native of the state of Florida. He is the second of thirteen children born to Willie and Margaret Smith. Dr. Smith received his primary and secondary education in the public schools of Monticello and Dade City, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In 1981 Reverend Smith was graduated summa cum laude from the School of Theology of Virginia Union University as he earned his Master of Divinity Degree. On December 19, 2002, Dr. Smith completed the requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Christian Social Ethics at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Smith has given pastoral leadership to the following churches in Virginia: six and one-half years at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Cumberland; three and one-half years at the Calvary Baptist Church in Prince Edward; and eight years at the Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Richmond. He is presently the honored Pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church family in Richmond.

Aside from his responsibilities as Pastor of Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Dr. Smith is Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the Virginia Union University and Assistant Professor of Ethics at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University. He serves as a board member of the American Cancer Society, the Better Housing Coalition, and the Baptist General Convention of Virginia which consists of over 1100 Baptist churches throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Smith also serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Foundation Board of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.

Dr. Smith is a member of several religious, social, fraternal, and civic organizations. They include: East End Ministers Fellowship; the Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond and Vicinity; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Boaz Masonic Lodge #212 in Daytona Beach, Florida; and a Life member of the NAACP.

Dr. Smith is married to the former Ruby P. Browne, a retired mathematics teacher. Dr. and Mrs. Smith have been blessed of God with one daughter, Monica Lynn. Monica and her husband, Gerald Carter, are the parents of four daughters: twins, Storm and Cori; Nyema and Neambi and one son, Gerald.

Dr. Smith is a gospel preacher, a friend to all, and, most importantly, a child of God.

Directions to Good Shepherd Baptist Church
1127 North 28th Street Richmond, VA 23223-6624 Map it
(804) 644-1402

From I-64 West: Take I-64 East to the Nine Mile Road West exit. At the end of the exit ramp make a right turn onto Nine Mile Road. Keep Nine Mile Road to 29th Street and make a left. Keep 29th Street to R Street, make a right. You will see the church on your left.

From I-95 North: Take I-95 South to I-64 East. Take I-64 East to the Nine Mile Road West exit. At the end of the exit ramp make a right turn onto Nine Mile Road. Keep Nine Mile Road to 29th Street and make a left. Keep 29th Street to R Street, make a right. You will see the church on your left.

From I-95 South: Take I 95 North to I-64 East. Take I-64 East to the Nine Mile Road West exit. At the end of the exit ramp make a right turn onto Nine Mile Road. Keep Nine Mile Road to 29th Street and make a left. Keep 29th Street to R Street, make a right. You will see the church on your left.

From I-64 East: Take I-64 West to the Nine Mile Road West exit. Keep Nine Mile Road to 29th Street, make a left. Keep 29th Street to R Street, make a right. You will see the church on your left.

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Key Events
  • Mar 29 2020 - All Church Activities Suspended Due to CoronaVirus - See "Message from Pastor Smith" in announcements Map

  • If we ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need Him now! So as a church body, with this reality in mind, let us unite and call on the Lord together by starting a 40-day prayer vigil this Thursday, May 7, 2020. We know that there is power in prayer and this Thursday is the National Day of Prayer. So it is fitting that as a people of faith we publicly call on the name of the Lord to heal our land.

    You may recall that in previous prayer vigils we all signed up for a specific day and time to pray. Since we are “apart” right now, we've devised a different method. We will each take the month in which we were born and convert that month into the corresponding number of the year. We will use that number as the hour during which we will pray. For example, my birth month is April and that corresponds to the fourth month of the year. I will pray for however long I choose during the 4 o’clock hour whether that be in the a.m. or the p.m.

    We pray that we will all take comfort in knowing that, hour by hour, we are praying together and lifting up the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that God hears our prayers and heals our land. We have the assurance that God will do just that, for we have His promise that, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

    Let us be on “one accord” as we pray together for the next 40 days, giving God all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise as we do so.

    In the Master’s Service,
    Pastor Smith

  • A Message from Pastor Smith

    As our communities respond to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, our leaders here at Good Shepherd Baptist Church continue to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and congregation. Both the CDC and Virginia’s Governor, Ralph Northam, have indicated that gatherings of 50 and 100 persons, respectively, be discouraged. Reluctantly, but of necessity, we will suspend all services and activities until further notice. It is our hope that we will stay safe and healthy during this very difficult time. We will use technology to stay in touch with each other in the absence of physical presence.

    It goes without saying that even though we will not gather in person for several weeks going forward, there are still financial obligations that we must honor. Accordingly, your tithes and offerings are greatly needed so our financial responsibilities can be satisfied. Please use the U. S. Mail and/or Bill Pay at your banking institution to submit your tithes and offerings.

    As a people of faith, we trust God to guide and protect us in the difficult days that lie ahead of us. Let us continue to be vigilant in our efforts to be safe.

    Text GSBCRVA and the $ amount to 73256
    or visit
    https://abundant.co/gsbcrva to schedule a donation.

  • March 2020 Newsletter - Download Here

  • Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, there are many among us who would like to apply for an absentee ballot. Please find below a link that will take you through the steps that will allow you to apply for an absentee ballot.

  • Good Shepherd Baptist Church has partnered with VCU Occupational Therapy Department and The VCU Health Hub at 25th to develop new, free health programs. In March 2020, a health-survey was distributed to gather related information. Please use this link to add any new or updated health interests, concerns, or ideas. This will be reviewed prior to the next phase of the project when the programs are developed and run. Thank you!

  • All members are reminded to call the church office to notify the church of a death in their family, hospitalization or changes to their sick-list posting.

  • GSBC is part of the Kroger Community Rewards program. We can earn points towards monetary donations from Kroger Grocery Stores based on our shopping as a congregation. The more we shop, the more points we earn. Points can be earned on all purchases with the exception of alcohol, tobacco products and gas. Link your Kroger Rewards account to the GSBC account!

  • The participants of the Senior Center Program and the Staff of the YMCA of Greater Richmond invite you to join us in our Aging Strong Program. This free program consists of chair-based exercise classes as well as an arts component with the goal of improving both physical and mental health. The exercise classes will are held on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

  • Project 500 for 120 has been established to assist us in funding the expansion project. If 500 persons contribute $20.00 per month over and beyond their regular tithes and offerings, at the end of one year we will have donations totaling $120,000.00 for the building project. This will be an on-going project until the mortgage is paid in full. Have you made your commitment for 2019?

  • The following link is to a simple on-line spiritual gifts test/inventory. The test only has 35 questions and focuses on the spiritual gifts listed in Romans 12:6-8. At the conclusion of the inventory, it will calculate your results. The top score for the instrument is 15. Please print out your results and click on your top categories so that you will see the definitions and other important information associated with your gift. When you see your results you will be able to see at a minimum your top three spiritual gifts.


    This spiritual gifts test/inventory is a start in the exploration of spiritual gifts. The Ministry Tools Resource Center identifies useful books and resources for further study. If you would like to learn more about spiritual gifts, please contact one of the Associate Ministers.

  • May 2020 - Called to God’s Work of Justice

    **Denotes Church School Lesson

    1. Zephaniah 3:1-7No One Listens
    2. Zephaniah 3:8-13God Will Preserve a Remnant
    **Zephaniah 3:14-20Prophesying Restoration
    3. Zephaniah 3:14-20God’s Glory and Salvation
    4. Genesis 12:1-8God’s Worldwide Covenant
    5. Jeremiah 31:31-34A New Covenant of the Heart
    6. Ezekiel 37:15-23Divided Peoples to Become One
    7. Romans 12:9-21Just Living
    8. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22Cultivate Peaceful Relations
    9. Zechariah 8:18-23Joyful Feasts Draw Newcomers
    **Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17Promising Peace
    10. Zechariah 8:1-8, 11-17Enjoy Fruits of Justice
    11. Psalm 86:1-13Seeking Divine Help
    12. Jeremiah 27:1-11Land Now Belongs to Babylon
    13. Deuteronomy 30:15-20Choose to Love the Lord
    14. Jeremiah 38:14-18Surrender and the People Will Live
    15. Jeremiah 21:1-7Jerusalem Will Fall
    16. 2 Kings 24:20b-25:7Jerusalem Defeated
    **Jeremiah 21:8-14Practice Justice
    17. Jeremiah 21:8-14Choose the Life of Justice
    18. Deuteronomy 24:17-22Justice for the Vulnerable
    19. Deuteronomy 17:18-20Godly Rule Required
    20. Psalm 15Who May Enter God’s Holy Presence?
    21. Jeremiah 22:11-19God’s Justice for the Unjust King
    22. Jeremiah 22:20-23The City Suffers
    23. Jeremiah 22:24-30Injustice Interrupts David’s Line
    **Jeremiah 22:1-10Repent of Injustice
    24. Jeremiah 22:1-10Repent of Unjust Actions
    25. Genesis 28:10-17Receiving a New Vision of God
    26. Acts 15:10-17Justice for Gentle Believers
    27. Deuteronomy 28:1-6, 15-19The Up or Down Choice
    28. Matthew 2:13-15Jesus, a Refugee in Egypt
    29. Hosea 11:3-6Ephraim Spurns God’s Love and Suffers
    30. Philemon 8-21Once a Slave, Now a Brother
    **Hosea 11:1, 2, 7-10; 12:1, 2, 6-14Pursue Love and Justice
    31. Hosea 11:1, 2, 7-10; 12:1, 2, 6-14Respond with Love and Justice

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