Radical Inclusion

Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, you are welcome at our table.

All Are Welcome & All Means ALL

“We are a faith community knit together by our love for one another and God, combining progressive inquiry, contemplative prayer, and prophetic action to bring about justice and healing in a changing world.”


Riverside is a is a welcoming, inclusive, progressive-minded Baptist church deeply rooted in the Riverside community of Jacksonville, committed to love, and laboring for justice.

Progressive Church in Jacksonville, FL

Riverside Baptist Church is a community of people seeking to be more human knowing that we are created in the image of God. Our community welcomes all: the certain and the doubtful; the excluded and the included; rich, poor and in between; divorced, partnered, single and widowed; atheist, agnostic, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Islamic, Hindu, Jewish or Nothing; straight, LGBTQI; African-American, Asian, Latino, White; citizens and guests.

All are welcome and all means ALL.


Meet Our Pastor

OUR Location

2650 Park Street

Jacksonville, FL 32204



OUR Mission

Riverside’s mission is to embody the promise of God’s extravagant love. Loving God and loving our neighbors is at the heart of our mission. We seek to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. We stand for the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and those who have been disenfranchised by the church, the community, and the world.


(Sunday School currently on hiatus as we wait to get further past the pandemic)






Beginning April 14th: B.Y.O.W. – “Bring Your Own Wednesdays”

Beginning April 14th: B.Y.O.W. – “Bring Your Own Wednesdays”

B.Y.O.W. – “Bring Your Own Wednesdays”

  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • We’ll meet in the Courtyard (weather permitting)
  • Bring your own chair and light dinner

Attendees agree to:

  • Wear masks until seated
  • Masks cover both nose & mouth
  • Sit 6 ft. apart and maintain social distance from those with whom we don’t live in the same house

We’ll be reading and discussing the book, “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman. Order on Amazon or from your favorite bookseller or call the office and we’ll order a copy for you. Cost of the book is $15.

“The Warmth of Other Suns” – A Book Discussion on Zoom

“The Warmth of Other Suns” – A Book Discussion on Zoom

Beginning April 12th: “The Warmth of Other Suns” – A Book Discussion with Pastor Bruce via Zoom | Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of Black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life.

We will be using Zoom to host this program. You will need either a computer with a microphone and webcam, or a telephone for this event. Please register here. We will send the meeting link to participants before February 25. Registration is required for this program.