Our Mission!

To Provide members, friends and visitors the opportunity to praise, worship, spiritual growth, evangelism, and Christian mission. This will be done through worship services, fellowship, training, church school, Bible study, special services, Christian witness, mid-week services, convention, pastoral leadership and ministerial support.


Guest Preachers for the rest of the year!

  • December 8th & 15th Rev. Michelle McQueen-Williams
  • December 22nd & 29th Rev. Sharon Taylor

Upcoming Events!

  • December 22nd Christmas Play & Light Snack
  • December 31st Prayer Breakfast and NO WATCH NIGHT SERVICE!!!

Weekly Services

Come and join us during our weekly services.

  • Morning services including 1st Sunday will be held at 10am 
  • Church School, Sunday at 9am
  • Mid-week Service & Youth Activities, Wednesday 6:30pm
  • Senior Ministry 1st Tuesday & 3rd Thursday 12pm
  • Communion Service 3rd Sunday

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Rev. Dr. Bruce Burton Sr. Biography

Rev. Bruce Burton, Sr. is a native of Tappahannock, VA where he grew up as a member of First Baptist Church. He matriculated to Virginia State College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education. Following several years of employment in the King William County School System, he received a Master of Education degree in Special Education with a concentration in Emotional Disturbance from Virginia State University. Rev. Burton is a career educator currently working with at-risk students in the Henrico County School system. This has been his profession and ministry for over 30 years. 

Rev. Burton cherishes his family. He and his wife, Mary, have been blessed with three wonderful children Davonda (Rashaun), Christine and Bruce, Jr. He loves spending time with family, photography, tennis, gardening, and watching good movies.

Answering God's call to "Feed my Sheep", Rev. Burton was licensed to "Preach the Gospel" on June 28, 2010. In May of 2011, he graduated Magma Cum Laude from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (STVU) with a Master of Divinity Degree and two years later earned a Master of Arts in Christian Education Degree in 2013. He has served as the photographer for the School of Theology at Virginia Union for over 20 years.

Rev. Burton was ordained in February 2012 at the St. James Baptist Church of Varina where he served as an Associate Minister working with Outreach and Christian Education. Rev. Burton was honored to serve as the substitute pastor at  St. John Baptist Church in Tappahannock for several months prior to being called to the awesome position of Interim-Pastor of the St. James Baptist Church in Milford. Acting on his love of theological studies, Rev. Burton earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree on May 13, 2017 from STVU.

Rev. Bruce Burton, Sr. loves the Lord and ministering to God's people. His feelings are clearly expressed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:13-14 when he writes: "Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it (on) my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus."

Message from our pastor


Welcome to the St. James Baptist Church website; we are pleased that you decided to visit with us.

Pastor Burton