About Us

Seventh Street Christian Church

We celebrate a rich history of saints and sacred spaces dating back to 1830 that fashions what is Seventh Street Christian Church. Throughout our history, this congregation has been dedicated to living out the teachings of Jesus through worship, study, outreach and fun.

At Seventh Street Christian Church you will find a faith community where we are working to be best selves. We do this through connecting to the Creator through worship, reflection and art. We are a diverse group of people, coming from our own walks of life and holding our own questions about faith. In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we don’t pretend to have all the answers, instead we celebrate our differences, embracing the gift of critical thinking, conversation and respect.

Our Vision

We are a community, united in faith and service, sharing God's grace and love with all creation.

Our Mission

Where worship and service lead to gratitude and a relationship with God and each other.

We...

  • Recognize the richness of human experience and varied approaches to a faithful life
  • Encourage, challenge, and support one another to discover, live, and be transformed by Christian faith
  • Accept all forms of baptism
  • Set an "open communion" table each week welcoming all who desire to respond to Christ's invitation to a table of grace and mercy
  • Engage our community and world through a lived faith that responds to the needs of our environment and all living things with compassion, the potentials of restorative justice, peace, and hope
  • Embrace the arts as a powerful way God touches and transforms lives
  • Create, nurture, and value opportunities to gather, worship, study, and celebrate the fullness of life
  • Honor our rich history as we move forward in the 21st Century

Our History

Seventh Street Christian Church

Seventh Street Christian Church has a long rich history in Richmond. It began as Sycamore Christian Church in the 1930’s, as a direct result of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) founders, Thomas and Alexander Campbell’s. Eventually, the congregation raised money to purchase land and build a church at Seventh and Grace streets. Officially in the new church on July 14, 1872, the congregation changed its name to Seventh Street Christian Church and worshiped there until September 29, 1946. Church growth forced them to build and relocate to the current location at Malvern & Grove where we’ve been since September 1950.

In 2002, Hanover Avenue Christian Church, which was located at Hanover and Allen Ave., closed its doors and merged with Seventh Street Christian Church. Established in 1913, Hanover Avenue Christian Church was a merger of Marshall Street Christian Church and Allen Avenue Christian Church, both outgrowths of Seventh Street Christian Church.

Today, we honor the rich history of all the saints past and present that help us live out the Gospel.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky – movements that were backlashes against the rigid denominationalism of the early 1800s.

Three of the founders, Thomas and Alexander Campbell, a Presbyterian Scotch-Irish immigrant father and son in Pennsylvania, rebelled against the dogmatic sectarianism that kept members of different denominations from communion and Walter Scott, an immigrant from Scotland, a successful evangelist. The fourth founder was, Barton W. Stone, a fifth-generation American in Kentucky and also a Presbyterian, who objected to the use of creeds as tests of “fellowship” within the church.

To learn more, visit: www.disciples.com