The history of Laurel Grove Baptist Church is a history rich in commitment to God and the Franconia Community. The stately house of worship, quaintly known as “The Church by the side of the Road,” is not the result of an accident. It is reported that in 1884, a group neighbors: George Carroll, Middleton Braxton, Thornton Gray, Laurenda Huntger, William and Georginna Jasper, and Elizabeth Lomax, realized that Black families in Franconia had no convenient place to worship except in their homes or to walk 13 miles to Alexandria City.
On May 10, 1884, William Jasper and his wife, Georginna, did will and bequest ½ acre of land for the building of Laurel Grove Baptist Church. This act is duly recorded in Deed Book E; No. 5, page 383 in Fairfax County.
Laurel Grove began its existence in a grove of chestnut trees and wild flowering laurel bushes. The church’s future from its very beginning, was vested in dedication to God, and the Christian principles of loving, caring, giving, and sharing. It was through these principles and the physical efforts of the original founders noted above, the church become a physical reality.
Thus the legacy, history, and legend began to unfold, sustained by prayer, faith, hope, love, and the dreams that have lasted 129 years.
Over the past 129 years, Laurel Grove has been blessed with fourteen pastors. The church is currently under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Rev. Dr. James E. Scott.
Pastor James E. Scott and First Lady Bertha Scott joined our community in 2012 and leads our congregation in faithful living and community service.
Shine in the love of God's grace, every day.
At Laurel Grove Baptist Church, it's our mission to help you explore your relationship with God and improve those meaningful relationships in your family life. Join us each Sunday and experience the warmth of faith and the strength of our community.
Laurel Grove Baptist Church
Pastor - Rev. Dr. James E. Scott
Associate Minister - Rev, Walter McNear
Just as Jesus said in the Beatitudes, blessed are the poor and the hungry. Our mission is not just to love one another, but to make sure we spread the love of the Gospels everywhere.
Trustee Cassie Watson, Chairperson
Trustee James Pierce
Trustee Sandra Anderson
Trustee Patty Barbour
Trustee Angela Morrall
Deacon Samuel Watkins, Chairman
Deacon George McMillan, Vice Chairman
Deacon Julian P. Jones