Virginia Highland

Virginia-Highland Church


Virginia-Highland Church is a progressive and inclusive community of faith in the heart of the city.


Virginia-Highland Church is a progressive and inclusive community of faith in the heart of the city that gave us such civil rights heroes as Nobel Peace Prize-winners Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Jimmy Carter. The church seeks to embody the values of justice and peace for which they both worked so hard. The congregation has stood up for the inclusion of women, and lesbian, gay, and transgender folks and, as a result, had to give up its place in the Southern Baptist and Georgia Baptist Conventions. The church has about 100 in worship. The church practices radical welcome and thus is a community that represents a true diversity of sexuality, gender, race, and age. Virginia-Highland believes that service is a foundation of faith.

Unique Opportunities for Service

Virginia-Highland church is near the Ponce de Leon corridor, where many people in need make their homes on the street and in a few low income housing developments. This provides the church with many opportunities to serve those with needs for housing, food, and encouragement. The church also has an ongoing partnership with the Center for Progressive Renewal, which offers church planting, continuing education and church renewal work in several denominations including the United Church of Christ, the Alliance of Baptists, among others, providing the opportunity for students to network broadly during their time with us.

Site NameVirginia-Highland Church
DenominationUnited Church of Christ and Alliance of Baptists
Location TypeUrban
Worship Attendance100
Worship Times

Sunday: 11 am

Distance from CandlerApproximately 4 miles
Accessible to persons with disabilities?Yes
Acessible via public transportation?Yes
Can women be ordained?Yes
What role do women play in leadership?Women hold leadership roles in all areas and aspects

Weekly Schedule

  • Sunday:
    • Small Groups: 9:30 am
    • Children's Education: 9:30 am
    • Worship service: 11 am

Monthly service at ICM Food Pantry, Journey Men's Shelter, Open Hand meal delivery. Seasonal service and material collections for the above and for refugee ministries, other neighborhood outreach ministries, and for global aid. Leadership in marriage equality efforts of a coalition of local churches.

Meeting the Five Areas of Ministry

Administration: The student will attend administrative meetings and parish council meetings, providing input and observing ways to conduct the administrative business of the church. The student will also have the opportunity to learn about our administrative systems, including the membership database, web page, publications, among others. During 2014, our congregation will be taking part in a visioning process, which will also provide learning opportunities to the student.

Liturgy (Worship and Preaching): Students will attend worship planning meetings, providing input and observing ways to conduct worship planning. Students will participate in and lead elements of worship and be provided the opportunity to preach.

Mission and Outreach: Students will participate in and help coordinate outreach opportunities, outreach planning, and aid to individuals in need that contact the church, observing and providing input on conducting outreach efforts.

Pastoral Calling and Congregational Care: Students will participate in congregational care through working with our deacons to identify the needs of parishioners and contacting/visiting them when needed.

Teaching: Students will participate in the planning and delivery of education for children and adults, ranging from one-time events to ongoing small group series to weekly children's education on Sunday mornings, helping teach, providing input and observing for opportunities to improve.

Virginia-Highland Church
Minister Anna Hall
743 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Phone: 678.687.4858

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