Our History

Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church History (Our Story)

On Sunday, August 17, 2019, Dr. William H. Whitaker, II preached for the morning worship service of the Shalom Baptist Fellowship Church.  In the congregation that day were “family members” of Dr. Whitaker who requested to meet with him following the morning’s worship service.  With the permission of the Shalom’s Pastor, Dr. Whitaker met in the Shalom Baptist Fellowship Hall with 12 persons who desired to begin regularly worshiping together on Sunday mornings under the name of “The Family”.  The Family’s first worship service was held on Sunday, August 25, 2019 with Dr. Whitaker as their Pastor.

Pastor Whitaker’s first sermon to The Family was “The Pilgrimage of Faith” from Hebrews 11:8.  “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going.”

The Family remained the name of our congregation until Sunday, October 6, 2020 when, under the coordination of the Hill Family (Greg, Pam, Izetta, and A. J.), The Family chose the new name of the Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church.

Our first logo was a logo found on the internet by Pastor Whitaker and was used on our church bulletins until our new church logo was designed by Assistant Pastor Maria.

Since its first day of ministry on Sunday, August 25, 2019, the Covenant Family has continuously grown both numerically and spiritually.  Within its first six months of ministry, Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church grew from 12 to more than 100 members.  Some of the ministry highlights for the Covenant Family during our initial months of service were…


The consecration of the Reverend Maria Whitaker as the Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church Assistant Pastor.

The consecration of four CFBC members into the Ministry of Elders (Elder Jacob Reed, Deaconess Regina Knight-Mason, Deacon Ricardo Henderson, and Elder Nichole Russell) which under the leadership of the CFBC Pastors serves as the governing body and financial and legal representatives of Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church.

The licensing of Rev. Jessica Mason into the Gospel Ministry and the subsequent appointment of Rev. Jessica as the CFBC Minister of Youth & Young Adults.

The consecration of three ministers as Ministers of Word & Sacrament (Rev. Jessica Mason, Rev. Ordell Thompson, and Minister Shakeil Boyd).

Recognition as a ministry within the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and the Shiloh Baptist Association.

Eighteen ministries were created by the Lord during the first seven months of the Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church ministry:

  1. Sunday Morning 8am Worship Service
  2. Fresh Wind Wednesdays Adult & Young Adult Bible Study
  3. The Ministry of the Elders
  4. The Covenant Prayer Ministry (Daily Morning Conference Call Prayers)
  5. Diaconate Ministry (Combined Deacons and Deaconesses)
  6. Ministers of the Word & Sacrament (Associated Ministers)
  7. Arts & Drama Ministry
  8. Bi-Monthly Fellowships
  9. Covenant Praise Dancers
  10. United Voices Choir
  11. The CFBC Worship Band consisting of a Psalmist/Keyboardist (Dr. Janet Copeland), Psalmist/Keyboardist (Minister Sid Thompson), Drummer (Brother Joshua Henderson), and a new bass player and lead guitarist.
  12. Sacred Space (Facilities Care) Ministry
  13. Sound Ministry
  14. Web & Media Ministry
  15. Youth Ministry/Children’s Church
  16. Young Adult Ministry
  17. Men’s Ministry
  18. Women’s Ministry

We praise God for our journey that has brought us together under the Baptist Covenant and in the Christian Fellowship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  To God be the glory!  Great things He has done!!!


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We are currently worshipping at Historic First Baptist Church Centralia 4412
Centralia Road Chester, Virginia 23831| 804-617-7855

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