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About Sylvannah Baptist Church About Sylvannah Baptist Church


Our Staff

Rev. Dennis A. Woodard, Sr.
    Senior Pastor

Rev. Marshall H. Fields, Jr.
    Assistant Pastor

The Late Rev. James White, Sr.
    Former Associate Pastor

Deacon George Frazier
    Chair of Deacons

Trustee Will Graves
    Chair of Trustees

Sister Rhonda Fortune
    Church Clerk

LogoSylvannah Baptist Church
8400 Courthouse Rd (PO Box 906) Map
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Phone: (540) 582-5826

About Our Church

We are a family church where we believe that Jesus is Lord and our Elder Brother; therefore all Believers are brothers and sisters.  We gather to glorify God, express our love for Jesus Christ, for each other, and our concern for those for whom He cares. We do this through worship, godly living, prayer, evangelism, and giving by the aid of the Holy Spirit.

We welcome visitors who are seeking a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, an opportunity to worship Him in both traditional and casual worship experiences, and who desire to do so with others who are accepting yet striving to live pleasing to Christ.




Schedule of Services


Sunday Church School - 9:30 AM

Morning Worship - 11:00 AM

(Third Sunday - the Lord's Supper)

(Fourth Sunday - Youth Led/Casual Worship)

Fifth Sunday - 8:00 to 9:00 AM
(Casual Worship)


Prayer Meeting and Bible Study 7:30-9:00 PM




Statement of Beliefs

What We Believe

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. It is the supreme guide for life worth living, worship worth experiencing, and giving that reflects Jesus.

Prayer is speaking to God. If you love someone, you want to spend time with him/her, and you hang on his/her every word. God wants to hear from us, even though He already knows what we need.

The Bible is God’s love letter to people. Therefore, we eagerly read and study it to hear His voice speaking to us by the Holy Spirit. Every true Believer should spend time daily in His Word.

Worship is ascribing worth to God. He is worthy of our highest praise and our best praise. Worship is not a duty, but a pleasure that we look forward to weekly or whenever we are able.

Baptism by immersion in water is an outward symbol of the inward reality of Christ dwelling on the inside. It is an act of obedience to the One who has already saved us.

Communion is a memorial meal we share with those who belong to the One who is no longer with us bodily until He comes again. We do not serve a dead god, but a living Savior who paid for our sins by His sacrifice by His death and resurrection. The Lord's Supper commemorates these truths. 

Fellowship is what we enjoy with each other now in our gathering for worship, study, and sharing. We look forward to complete joy in His presence and with other Believers at the end of this journey.



Church History

Sylvannah Baptist Church, Spotsylvania, Virginia is one of the oldest African American churches in the county, organized in 1867.

The church first started when “a little band of Christian pioneers in 1867 began prayer meetings and preaching services in various homes of zealous folk.” These meetings were held in the homes of early members including, Saul Carter, Rena Tyler, Warner Carter, and Daniel Holmes. Services were held in a brush arbor during the summer time and in homes during the winter.

The earliest name of the church was "Sylvania Baptist Church." However it was later changed to "Sylvannah" to avoid confusion with later congregations that adopted similar names.

The earliest preachers at Sylvannah were lay leaders, including Rylan Taylor, George Madison, and Charles Dawson.

The pastors of Sylvannah are as follows (photos):

  1. Rev. Walker Howard - mid 1870s-1892 (approx. 17 years)

  2. Rev. James S. Minor - 1893-1900 (7 years)

  3. Rev. Edmond C. Thompson - 1901-1904 (3 years)

  4. Rev. David W. Duval - 1905-1907 (2 years)

  5. Rev. Chinor H. Coleman - 1908-1925 (17 years)

  6. Rev. W. H. Carey - 1926-1928 (2 years – died while serving)

  7. Rev. Harry J. Ellis - 1929-1943 (14 years – died while serving)

  8. Rev. Clarence A. Chick - 1944-1946 (2 years)

  9. Rev. Leroy M. Bray, Sr. - 1947-1978 (31 years – died while serving)

  10. Rev. Dennis A. Woodard, Sr. - 1979 – present (now in his 42nd years as Pastor)