Rainbow Forest Baptist Church

Location: Troutville, Virginia

Denomination: Baptist (SBC)

Weekly Attendance: 400-500 (Pre-COVID)


Ephesians 2:19-22 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

Rainbow Forest Baptist church was organized in 1965 in the heart of Botetourt County, Virginia and so named because of the Rainbow Forest neighborhood, where the founders first met. Located just one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, we are unique in that we are a larger church in a smaller town. With the Lord Jesus Christ as the church’s foundation, our purpose has remained steadfast and clear for over fifty years: to connect the disconnected to Christ, community, and the call. The Bible is our authority as we regularly evaluate and institute new ministries. Our leaders, including our pastors, elders and deacons, have a passion for the Lord and His truth. They are genuine, personable and available. As authentic, transparent and committed followers of Christ, we welcome diverse socio-economic groups, age ranges, and ethnicities. There is a unified, fervent desire that all come to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

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I Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…”

Our church is characterized by submission to the authority of Scripture. Through Bible teaching and preaching, believers are exhorted to model Christlikeness by reading, memorizing, and joyfully obeying God’s Word. We recognize the importance of being equipped to share the gospel with everyone. In addition to worship services, adults are instructed and mentored through weekly Sunday School classes and small group Bible studies. Our NextGen ministry prioritizes the need to partner with parents to train their children and middle and high school students in truth. We offer Sunday School, small groups and AWANA. RFBC is committed to making disciples.

Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and prayers.”

We are also deeply committed to the practice of prayer, praying specifically and intentionally for one another. Our “12141” prayer ministry encourages us to identify and pray for the salvation of those in our zip code, or sphere of influence. Through the “Pray for Me” campaign, the youth are connected with three church members, representing different generations, who commit to pray intentionally for them. Needs and burdens of members as well as missionaries are strategically prayed for by our teams, alerted daily through emails and texts.

Matthew 28:19 -20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…”

Our church body passionately and actively seeks to fulfill the Great Commission through going, giving and praying. This is exemplified in our adoption of seven unreached people groups and our commitment to send teams on several missions trips annually. RFBC gives 10% of our general fund to missions. We have a full time missions pastor who initiates education programs and encourages personal connection and involvement with approximately seventy missionaries and organizations. These include twelve people from our fellowship who currently serve in global missions. We are entrepreneurial in the sense that the Holy Spirit created and continues to expand Global Partners in Peace and Development, an organization born out of our church. Locally, we partner with area ministries such as Straight Street, which ministers to inner city teens. We reach many in the Roanoke Valley through Upward Basketball and Cheer. We also host two different homeschool groups, and we once housed the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, which was established at RFBC to support the needs of children and families touched by autism. RFBC impacts our world locally and globally.

I Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.”

James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

RFBC has a genuine sense of unity, love and care for those inside and outside our fellowship. We put our faith into action! For instance, through the Stephen Ministry, we provide care for those in our church and beyond who are journeying a difficult path and need someone to walk alongside them. Also, RFBC members routinely visit our widows so they continue to feel connected and loved. When a member is in need, our church responds sacrificially. Recently, when a church member experienced great loss as his business burned to the ground, our members assisted in the process by providing money and labor to rebuild his workshop. RFBC meets practical needs of our community through the TUGA ministry (The Ultimate Give Away), a clothing and housewares giveaway twice a year for anyone. Additionally, we have the privilege of partnering with local departments of social services to help provide beds and other material needs of families in transition. Through our association with Global Partners, we are able to support many orphaned and other impoverished children through giving and prayer. We are known in our community as a loving and accepting church that has a local touch with a global reach.

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many.”

We are a serving church, and we rarely find ourselves in need of volunteers because our members live out their faith through service. Everyone has an opportunity to serve at RFBC through many, varied ministries. Children’s, youth, women’s, music, missions, and adult Sunday School offer opportunities for service. Whether inside or outside our church, members unselfishly serve to point others to Jesus. We look forward to a limitless future as we serve Him in our ever changing community and world.

Matthew 22:37 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

We are a worshipful church that encourages believers to love God and worship Him through every aspect of their lives. At RFBC, we create an environment that explores new ways to worship while honoring the old ways. RFBC has an orchestra, choir and praise team, who lead our corporate worship services. We have a worship ministry team dedicated to meeting for prayer and intentional planning of worship services. We partner with other area churches to hold community prayer and praise services. Our desire is for worship to be a culturally relevant and biblically faithful proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Response to COVID

During the COVID pandemic, the RFBC leadership responded in an effective and godly manner. We only temporarily ceased meeting in person due to state mandates. We desired to get back to meeting safely as soon as possible, which we were able to do. Through digital media, we have seized the opportunity to connect with those beyond the limitation of our physical building and continue to reach our community and world. Daily online pastor’s devotions have become an encouragement to many during this time. Access to Right Now Media; weekly Zoom Bible studies; daily devotions by email; and a weekly digital bulletin have become new ways our church has reached out. We have had live streamed worship services since 2016 and currently have approximately 500 views weekly. Before the pandemic, we had about 200 online views. Our weekly in person attendance averaged 400-500 before the pandemic and is currently about 250. While our in person attendance is understandably lower, our financial giving increased at a time when it may have logically decreased.

What It’s Like to Live in Troutville, Virginia

Troutville is a small suburb of Roanoke and is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. It is a quiet, family oriented community with good public schools as well as established homeschool groups. Troutville is situated close to The Peaks of Otter, Smith Mountain Lake and many historic sites. Hiking is a favorite pastime of locals, and the trails abound in our area! Downtown Roanoke is nearby and offers greenway access, unique restaurants, shops and the Historic Roanoke City Farmers’ Market. Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Blacksburg and Lexington are a short drive away.

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