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Hampton Roads Independent Baptist Church (HRIBC) which now meets at 714 E. Pembroke Avenue, Hampton, Virginia held it's first service April 5, 1998 in the Sebrell's home in Hampton, Virginia with 15 people in attendance, including Roger E. Sebrell and his wife, Francine, and their four children, Solomon, Benjamin, Leah, and Jonathan. Brother Sebrell was commissioned and sent out by the Crossroads Baptist Church in Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia, under the leadership of Dr. Louis C. Baldwin to plant a New Testament church in the Hampton Roads community.
The following week, and for the next six months, services of HRIBC were held in the facilities of Victory Baptist Church located at 445 Shelton Road, Hampton, Virginia led by Dr. Samuel E. Hyde, Sr. On September 20, 1998, the church rented meeting space at the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center located at 1 Singleton Drive, Hampton, Virginia. By the end of 1998, the church had grown to 21 members and was supporting several missionary families and two missions agencies. At the end of 1999, the membership had increased to 45 members, and up to 50 members by the end of 2000. HRIBC was organized May 6, 2001 with 59 charter members.
HRIBC is a New Testament Independent Baptist Church with a heart for people and world evangelization. We simultaneously recognize our burden for our "kinsmen according to the flesh" and our responsibility to maintain God's focus on "all nations." To this end we are involved in a worldwide evangelistic ministry. Our service are open to all. We purpose to glorify God by being involved in fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). We seek to produce spiritually maturing Christians for the purpose of ministering to others (Ephesians 4:12). Our objectives are to evangelize sinners, baptize saints, catechize servants and mobilize soldiers in the work of the ministry.
On November 23, 2004, HRIBC purchased an office building to use as a church operational facility. After a year of submissions and resubmissions of renovation drawings, the church received final renovation approval from the city of Hampton on November 15, 2005. From January 2006 until September 2006 we were in the process of renovating the building. We moved into the building and held our first service on September 17, 2006. Our membership increased from 86 to 100 in the first couple of months of occupying the new facility.
Most recently, HRIBC, by God's grace and the generous donations from supporting churches, friends, and families, was able to purchase a church building at 714 E. Pembroke Avenue in September of 2019. This new location presents new opportunities for HRIBC to be more effective in reaching the city of Hampton and its communities with the gospel.
From its inception, HRIBC has been involved in supporting evangelists/missionaries, church-planters, and church-planting agencies. In its history, HRIBC's missions commitments has increased from its first year up to a commitment of over $100,000 at times for world evangelization. We praise the Lord for His marvelous work!
One of the great blessings God has bestowed upon the ministry of HRIBC is for the Holy Spirit to separate unto Himself a man from among us for the work of church-planting. On November 13, 2011, with the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we laid hands upon, and the Holy Spirit sent forth Brent Givens to New Orleans, Louisiana to establish the Crescent Baptist Church.