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St. John Baptist Church

To proclaim the Gospel of Christ and the beliefs of the Christian faith, to win souls in obedience to Jesus Christ, to maintain the worship of God, and to inspire in all persons a love for Christ, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and their fellow human beings.  To commit actively to the church and to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, that increasingly we may know and do His will.  We pledge our lives to Christ and covenant with each other to demonstrate His Spirit through worship, witnessing, and ministry to the needs of the people of this church and the community. 

Sister Doris Carter
Church Secretary
Office hours 10:00am until 2:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
(804) 448-3866
Website Administrator
Doris Carter/Harriet Morrison
Pastor Walter Glenn (W.G.) Berryman was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia. After completing his requisite early education, he pursued a higher education at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia; Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland; and Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, from which he is a graduate of the School of Theology.  After serving his country as a member of the famed 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict, Pastor Berryman was honorably discharged in 1954. Following his military career, he devoted thirty years to government service, finally retiring in September 1989, as a supervisor in the United States Postal Service.

In 1955, Pastor Berryman was selected by the United States Department of Agriculture to serve in Europe for six months as a “Grass-Roots” ambassador of good will. Of the 486 delegates selected to serve that year, he was the only African American.

In 1956, Pastor Berryman married the former Joan Gilliam of Cumberland, Virginia. Their union produced five wonderful children (one deceased), two sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren. After 54 years and 11 months of matrimony, First Lady Berryman was promoted to glory on May 10, 2011.

Pastor Berryman answered his calling to the ministry and was licensed to “preach the Gospel”, in 1977, by the Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia. Prior to his calling to the ministry, Pastor Berryman served as a member of the Deacon board, Bible study instructor, Choir member and Boy Scout leader.

In 1980, Pastor Berryman was installed as the pastor of St. John Baptist Church, Milford, VA where he has served faithfully and diligently for over 33 years. His goal is to “search for, find, and bring lost souls to Christ and to revive those who are weak.”  In addition to fulfilling all of his responsibilities as a pastor , he continues his outreach to the community by serving as the President of the Tri-County Ministers’ Conference, which includes the counties of Caroline, Hanover and Louisa. He is a graduate of Virginia’s Rural Leadership Development Training Program. He is an active member of the NAACP, and the Richmond, Virginia Ministers’ Conference. He has served as a moderator of the Mattaponi Baptist Association which consists of 68 member churches. Because of his outstanding service and leadership, Pastor Berryman was chosen “Preacher of the Year” in 1989 and 1995 by the Dawn Virginia Satellite Division of Lynchburg, Virginia Seminary and the Tri-County Ministers’ Conference. In 1998, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Virginia University of Lynchburg. In 2009, he was selected to teach a course for the Baptist General Convention.

Pastor Berryman’s message to all: “If you do for the Lord while you can, He will do for you when you can’t.”


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