In 1988 a group of Baptist Christians gathered to form a faith community that recognizes and celebrates the value of every individual and empowers all people to become all that God calls them to be. The congregation voted to adopt the name Broadus Memorial to honor the ministry of John Broadus, who was pastor of First Baptist Charlottesville from 1854-1859 and to be a reminder of Jesus’ call to love God with all our minds, our strength, and our hearts. Rev. Broadus was respected as an outstanding preacher, scholar, and pastor. When he left Charlottesville, he helped found the Southern Baptist Seminary-the first school of higher education for Baptists in America. From its beginning, Broadus has been a church committed to ‘congregational polity’-everyone has a voice and role to play in worship, leadership, and service. The church met at Jack Jouett Middle School (now Journey Middle School) for several years before acquiring the property on which we are now located. The current building was constructed in 1993.
In July 2023, the congregation voted to change its name to Pantops Community Church in recognition of the location of our building in the Pantops area of Albemarle County, which we see as a home base in ministering to our community and beyond. As we have always done, we welcome all to join us in exploring what faith in Jesus means and finding meaningful ways to live into our calling to love God and all of God's children.
Our church partners with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the Central Virginia Baptist Association.