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.
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.
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, and Walter Scott, an immigrant from Scotland and successful evangelist, rebelled against the dogmatic sectarianism that kept members of different denominations from communion. 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.
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