Our Community

Timber Ridge Baptist Church is located in Bedford County, VA.  Bedford’s beauty, recreational opportunities, and rich history surround the church.  About 12 miles from the church on the county’s northern border are the Peaks of Otter, one of the most picturesque mountain peaks in all of Virginia.  The Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail pass through Bedford at this location, and Virginia’s contribution to the Washington Monument was stone taken from it's rocky “sharp top” peak.  About 15 miles from the church on Bedford’s southern border is Smith Mountain Lake, the largest recreational lake contained within Virginia’s boundary.   About 9 miles from the church near Bedford’s eastern border is Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s private plantation retreat.  Resembling the same design as Jefferson’s Monticello and University of Virginia, Poplar Forest now serves as a museum and archeological site. About five miles west of the church near the town of Bedford is the National D-Day Memorial.  The site was chosen because the town of Bedford suffered the greatest per capita loss of life during the D-Day invasion of any town in the United States.  Several soldiers who died at Normandy on June 6th, 1944 were relatives of Timber Ridge Baptist Church members.

Building on God’s blessings and our area’s rich heritage, the members of Timber Ridge actively serve with other Christians in the area to minister to the needs of the community.  We participate with the Bedford-area Strawberry Baptist Association to support, minister, and give witness at events such as Bedford’s Center-fest, as well as participating in the SBA children’s music and sewing camps.  We minister directly to children in the area through Children’s Church, the AWANA program, and our annual summer Vacation Bible School.  We work with the youth in the community to not only teach and disciple, but to serve in various ways such as baby-sitting during events and volunteering at the Salvation Army kitchen.  We also organize fun chaperoned events for the youth in the community, such as camp-overs, ball game outings, bonfires, and ski trips.  The members of Timber Ridge regularly visit with area nursing homes and ‘shut-ins’, those persons who are no longer to leave their homes to come to church. Our members serve in community service projects, such as Christmas in Action.  We regularly participate in mission projects with other community churches, such as sending VBS workers to Hampton Roads, and sending mission workers to other countries. Our community is truly a great place to serve!   

Bedford County and the City of Bedford are currently separate entities, but have recently agreed to merge in a “Town Reversion Process”, converting the City of Bedford back to township status, to achieve cost savings.  More information on the town reversion, as well as other very useful community information may be found at both the City’s and County’s websites:  http://www.bedfordva.gov  http://www.co.bedford.va.us