Blessed with continued growth , new ministries and programs are being added to the church. With constant prayers and faith, the congregation is continuously on the move and assisting others when needed.


Fourth Baptist Church
726 South Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Phone: (757) 393-6657
Fax: (757) 397-1831

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The Christian Board of Education ministries operate in a manner consistent with the vision, mission, goals and Christian values of Fourth Baptist Church and our Pastor, the Rev.  Dr. Charles W. Beamon. Contact the Church for updated location, date and time information of the classes, activities and programs of the Christian Board of Education Ministries of our church.


Mission Statement
The mission of the Christian Board of Education is to develop and interpret to the congregation of Fourth Baptist Church the educational objectives and goals of the church. Therefore, the Christian Board of Education is responsible for:

  • Studying the educational needs of the church

  • Developing a comprehensive, coordinated, and unified Christian education program that is consistent with the Pastor's vision, the teaching mission and objectives of the church and the standards and programs of the Baptist denomination

  • Deciding on time schedules for workshops and seminars

  • Enlisting and training all church educational workers

  • Unifying, supervising and promoting all educational interests of the church

  • Providing effective overall educational ministries for the church

  • Improving educational services through Christian Education and the various ministries and organizations of the church

  • Seeking professional growth through leadership training

  • Maintaining a resourceful church library

    The Christian Board of Education ministries envisions that the Fourth Baptist Church congregation will develop a firmer commitment to the teachings of Christ, a new integrity in all of its endeavors for Christ, and a more purposeful and Christ-centered leadership. We believe that Christian Education is a core program in the mission of the church to minister to the total individual. We are committed to excellence in providing spiritual growth. Christian Board of Education meetings are held quarterly.



Vision Statement:  Empowering Our Children to Know Jesus

Mission Statement:  Studying and Applying the Word to Build Future Leaders

Day/Time:  Every Other Saturday/10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Three age groups were developed to reach ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 with two instructors per group.

CCI is an interactive program that uses the teachings of Jesus to engage children in getting to know who Jesus is in their daily lives.

Many hands-on activities are used to create a fun-filled and relaxed atmosphere for learning. Ultimately, this rich knowledge of Jesus will certainly impact our children's lives and empower them to become great leaders to spread the Gospel.   We invite you to bring your child/children to discover life changing experience! CONNECTING WITH US... CONNECTS THEM WITH JESUS.


Mission Statement
To introduce believers to the basic and advance principles, techniques and methods in a series of classes on the application of evangelism as set forth in scriptures and mandated by the Lord Jesus Christ.


During a series of three ten-week course study classes, students are actively engaged in individual, group and partner prayer as they progress from Evangelism 101 to 103, making home visits for practical application of the theories learned in the classroom so that the art of evangelism may be perfected. The class sessions are designed to help students better understand the Biblical plan of salvation as set forth in scriptures and to develop a model that will enable the student to present an effective and systematic approach to Christian witnessing. Emphasis is placed upon comprehension, memorization of scripture and the dynamics of role-playing in applying the methods and techniques of witnessing.


Mission Statement
To preserve and promote the mission of Fourth Baptist Church, this ministry endeavors to empower members to become more active in caring for their physical, mental and emotional health. The Health and Wellness Ministry meets regularly to assess, plan, develop, implement, and evaluate health Ministry programs at the church. The Health and Wellness Ministry programs include providing a greater educational focus on current health issues through church newsletter articles, sponsoring health fairs, promoting special health days, coordinating blood drives, providing church bulletin inserts to raise awareness of current health issues and to encourage healthy lifestyles.


Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month.



Mission Statement
The Beyond Grief (GriefShare) Ministry is a support group that meets weekly.  You will find it to be a warm, caring environment and will  come to see your group as an "oasis" on your long journey through grief.  Grief is a process; however, there is a way to advance to a new normal.

Come Join Us:

Tuesdays - June 4, 2019 - August 27, 2019

​Saturdays - September 21, 2019 - December 21, 2019

Vision Statement

To strengthen our Faith, Hope and Trust in Jesus Christ knowing that He will never leave us or forsake us.  To give support and true sincerity for one another as we work through hurt, confusion, sadness and loneliness. To pray together one for another.


Mission Statement
To provide a warm and friendly greeting and a welcome packet to every visitor creating a lasting and positive first impression of our church.

The Hospitality Ministry was established by the Pastor who sought to provide a ministry that would extend a warm, personal greeting to every visitor and fellowship in a more intimate and leisurely setting after church service. Hospitality Ministry objectives are to fulfill the vision of the Pastor of demonstrating how much we value the presence of visitors to Fourth Baptist Church; to inform visitors about the various ministries of the church; to encourage visitors to return to worship, accept Christ and/or become members of Fourth Baptist Church. Visitors are asked to complete first-time visitor cards as part of the welcome packet. This information is reported by the Hospitality Committee at the Christian Board of Education meetings and forwarded to the Deacons Ministry for follow-up.

Responsibilities of the Hospitality Ministry are:

To provide the welcome or respond to welcome at church services other than Sunday morning worship.

  1. To provide and update the official church welcome packet for visitors to the church.

  2. To provide church promotional items for community outreach programs


Bible Study Classes meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The purpose is to study the Bible and its application in modern life. Led by the Pastor, Mid-Week Bible study focuses on what the Bible has to say about particular issues and reveals what it is  saying to us today.


The New Members Classes are held for 6 Sunday sessions at 9:00-10:00 a.m. quarterly during the year to discuss Baptist traditions, theology and spiritual growth issues for new members. The New Members Class promotes Christian fellowship and support among the congregation. In this regard, the members are encouraged to consider joining one or more of the Fourth Baptist Church ministries. The New Members Committee develops and carries on a program that will minister to new members and encourage them to support and participate in the total ministry of the Church.A new church-wide program emphasis is entitled "EVERY MEMBER IN MINISTRY" which provides over 70 ways to serve the Lord and answer His call. New members are provided an opportunity to select a ministry (ministries) that they would like to join. The respective ministry contact person will contact the new member about joining the ministry. This program is offered to current members.

NEWSLETTER - Now Run Tell That

Now Run Tell That Newsletter is published quarterly, (January, April, July, and October), on third Sundays. The goal is to provide a paper that will enlighten and satisfy the readers in an effort that they will look forward to the next issue. 



Mission Statement

To provide weekly noon day prayer and Bible study designed to promote and enhance the prayer life of the church, and encourage serious study of the scriptures. All are invited to participate.


The Nursery Committee consists of volunteers, approved by the Pastor, whose responsibilities include staffing the nursery with volunteers for Sunday morning worship service and providing a safe and healthy environment for all children in the care of the nursery workers. The Nursery Committee also maintains equipment and recommends replacements and additions as necessary. Parents are able to enjoy the divine Sunday worship service while their children are in the Christian environment of the Church Nursery.


Scholarship Committee
The Scholarship Committee provides administrative oversight, program coordination, and ongoing leadership in the decision-making for the scholarship program. The Scholarship Committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and supporting materials and for making recommendations to the Pastor for the Fourth Baptist Church Post-Secondary Opportunity Scholarship, the Fourth Baptist Church Academic Scholarship, the Cora B. Scott Scholarship, the Doris B. Johnson Book Scholarship, and the Mable Lucille McCullough Scholarship. The Scholarship Committee is responsible for developing recommendations for guidelines and policy considerations relating to scholarship awards.

Fourth Baptist Church has numerous scholarship opportunities for church members who are college-bound students. Some of these gracious gifts would not have been possible had it not been for the generous donor support from church family members. High school seniors and first-year college students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships. Scholarship application packets will be available beginning February 1, in the Christian Board of Education Office Library section marked "Scholarship Applications."  

Fourth Baptist Church Academic Excellence Scholarship
An academic excellence scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who has the highest grade point average. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited institution, illustrate leadership potential as evidenced by their high academic records and personal essays. The value of the one-time scholarship is $1,500 per academic year. The application deadline is April 30.  Scholarship application packets will be available beginning February 1, in the Christian Board of Education Office/Library section marked "Scholarship Applications."

Fourth Baptist Church Post-Secondary Opportunity Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded to a college-bound high school senior with economic need. Applicants must be accepted to an accredited institution, demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities, and personal essays. The value of the one-time scholarship is $1,500 per academic year. The application deadline is April 30. Scholarship application packets will be available beginning February 1, in the Christian Board of Education Office/Library section marked "Scholarship Applications."

Cora B. Scott Scholarship Fund
This scholarship opportunity was established to provide funds to help defray the cost of education for high school college-bound church members who have been an active participant of the church ministries and the community through volunteering and helping others. Applicants must demonstrate leadership potential as evidenced by school records, church and community volunteer service, and personal essays. Two one-time scholarships of $250 each are awarded yearly. The application deadline is April 30. Scholarship application packets will be available beginning February 1, in the Christian Board of Education Office/Library section marked "Scholarship Applications."

Doris B. Johnson Memorial Book Scholarship
A scholarship was established in memory of Doris B. Johnson to provide two book awards of $500 each per year to assist second-year college students with the high cost of textbooks and study materials. Students may apply each year up to three consecutive academic years of enrollment provided the student maintains a 2.5 grade point average. The application deadline is April 30. Scholarship application packets will be available beginning February 1, in the Christian Board of Education Office/Library section marked "Scholarship Applications."

Mable Lucille McCullough Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Mable Lucille McCullough to assist a college-bound high school senior or an individual currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, who has been an active member of Fourth Baptist Church for a minimum of one year.  Applicants must demonstrate a passion for service and leadership, doing so with kindness and striving for academic success.  They will also be required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and submit a 300 word typewritten essay on "How A College Education Will Help Me Serve Others."  This one-time scholarship is $500.00 per academic year.  The application deadline is April 30.  Scholarship application packets will be available beginning February 1, in the Christian Board of Education Office/Library section marked "Scholarship Applications."


Mission Statement The mission of the Sunday School Ministry is to instill a deeper understanding of Christian teachings in the congregation of Fourth Baptist Church and to develop a firmer commitment to the teachings of Christ.The church Sunday School is a vital component of the Christian Education Program. In addition, the Sunday School has an important role in the religious training and spiritual growth of the membership of the church.Sunday School classes are held every Sunday from 9:00 –9:45 a.m. Classes are grouped by age, school grade and/or interest. Practical and creative lessons are presented for the children's inspiration and growth. Sunday School classes for pre-school through senior high are held for: Primary (ages 6 to 8), Intermediate (ages 9 to 12), Teens (ages 13 to 18). We also have two adult options: Young Adult and Senior Adults.Sunday School teachers comprise the Teachers Council which is under the leadership of the superintendent of Sunday School. Meetings are held Wednesdays from 6:30-7:00 p.m. to study the lesson illustration for the week and to administer the Sunday School program. The superintendent will look to the Pastor for counsel and leadership in the Sunday School. The Superintendent of Sunday School has the following duties. Lead in determining the Sunday School organization needs to reach and teach effectively. Give direction to the enlisting of workers for the Sunday School. Give support and guidance to other officers in accomplishing their work. The Superintendent of Sunday School must be a person who at times with limited resources, space and personnel, must improvise; keep the teachers encouraged, and provide opportunities for advancement.


The Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an extension of our Sunday School and meets for one week during the month of June. It is designed to enhance spiritual awareness and Biblical knowledge for all ages. The VBS Committee consists of a director and volunteers from the Youth Department. The VBS Committee determines, in cooperation with the Pastor, which of the selected Bible School curriculums will be used. The VBS Committee coordinates and executes plans for a summer program for VBS, incorporating Bible stories, crafts, games and music. VBS classes are held for youth and adults and include a culminating musical program. Exact dates and times for VBS are to be announced.



Mission Statement:  Minister to the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of women in our church and our community and to engage in community outreach and activities that support the mission of the church. 


"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Mission Statement

To teach and educate children about God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit through various activities such as memorization of scriptures, discussions, games, role-playing, prayer and the reading of God's word, the Bible. This will equip them with the knowledge of God that will help lead them to accept Christ as their personal savior. This, in turn, will help guide our youth in their spiritual development, knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Our Youth Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. while the adults are having their Bible study. Children ages two through twelve comprise this class. We study and learn about God/Jesus through various activities, mostly hands-on. It is of great importance that we teach and train our children about God at an early age so they can become productive Christians. We are learning the books of the Old and New Testament, animals of the Bible and how to spread the Good News.