Dr. Yvonne Jones Bibbs

Dr. Bibbs serves as the 5th pastor of the Sixth Baptist Church, in Richmond Virginia. She was elected
to serve the congregation as its spiritual leader in January, 2001. She is the first female to serve as
pastor since its origin in 1923. Dr. Bibbs was installed on June 3rd, 2001. Under her leadership, Sixth
Baptist enjoys dynamic worship on Sundays, Worship on Wednesday and several small groups for all
ages throughout the week. For 8 years the church enjoyed live broadcasts ON WFTH radio, 1540
a.m., THE BLESSINGS AND MIRACLES BROADCAST and for more years TV broadcast on
FOX.

 

Over the years, the church is continually experiencing new growth in many ways including
new disciples, 21st century ministries for all ages, reorganization of the music/media/fine arts
ministry, organizing new choirs and reorganizing this ministry with one Director over all.
Reorganizing our Youth and Young Adult Ministries as well as the Senior Trailblazers. THE
PASTOR’S PLATFORM FOR MINISTRY SINCE BEGINNING HER TENURE: WE ARE
UNAPOLOGETICALLY EVANGELISTIC. Therefore, bible studies are held weekly in the
community and other activities in schools and community centers as well as FEEDING THE
COMMUNITY AND TAKING IT TO THE STREETS AND OPEN AIR TENT SERVICES.

 

Over the years, Dr. Bibbs has been busy leading the church with several renovation and building
projects for phases one and two including installing an elevator, a courtyard area, fencing for the
parking, the purchase of two church vans, remodeling the entire church sanctuary with redesigning of
the pulpit and choir loft, new pews, lighting, redesigning media room, installation of equipment
necessary to be used for television, media screen for sanctuary, installation of three televisions for
sanctuary, family altar room and nursery, renovation Church’s Lower Worship Center and Banquet
Facility, redesigning all bathroom facilities, remodeling kitchen to be commercial, purchase of a new
wheelchair accessible church bus, redesigning a house to become a “Ministry House” for youth and
bible studies. Purchase of a digital piano, the purchase of a beauty and barber shop/laundromat, the
redesigning of a room to be a food bank.

 

Now, Phase Three of five the church is beginning a renovation of a property and looking forward to the
renovation of other properties or selling to build a family life/youth center.

 

After presenting the church with a VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT her first year, she leads
the church with FIVE YEAR THEMES: FIRST FIVE YEARS (2001-2005) “LORD LIFT US UP
WHERE WE BELONG”. SECOND FIVE YEARS (2006-2010): “CAN GOD? GOD CAN!, I CAN!,
I CAN DO ALL THIINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME”. THIRD FIVE
YEARS, (2011-2015), “BECOMING A FIVE STAR CHURCH OF EXCELLENCE WITH WORD,
WORSHIP AND WITNESS” AND 2016-2020), MOBILIZING FOR MINISTRY: “REFRESHING
THE OLD AND EMERGING THE NEW”.

 

Dr. Bibbs matriculated at Fayetteville State University and Virginia Union University for a total of
three years. After receiving her call into the Ministry, she transferred to Richmond Virginia Seminary
where she earned in 1982 the B.A in Religious Studies and Bachelors of Theology Degrees. In 1984
she earned a Masters of Divinity, RVS. Awarded.an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from the
Richmond Virginia Seminary in 1990. She earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the International
College and Seminary in 1993. The Virginia University of Lynchburg awarded in 2003 an Honorary
Doctor of Pastoral Leadership Degree. She received certification in 2002 in Church Administration
and Management from the International Theological Center, Atlanta Georgia. In 2006 she was
awarded a diploma from the Baptist Theological University of Zimbabwe, South Africa after
completing a four year Pastoral Excellence Program sponsored by the Lott Carey Foreign Mission
Convention. She also taught on the campus in Zimbabwe. In May 2017 she was awarded Honorary
Doctor of Divinity Degree by Virginia Union University. She served as a professor at Richmond
Seminary for more than 18 years.

 

Dr. Bibbs gives glory to God for appointments by three Governors and two Mayors:
In 2019 Dr. Bibbs was appointed as a Trustee for the State of Virginia Family and Children’s Trust
Fund (FACT) by Governor Ralph Northam. In December 2016, she was asked by Mayor Levar
Stoney of Richmond to serve on his transition team. In the year 2014, Dr. Bibbs was appointed by
Governor Terri McAuliffe to be one of the nine appointed members to serve on the State Board of
Corrections. Mayor Dwight C. Jones appointed her to the Richmond Anti-Poverty Commission in
2010 for two years working in the area of education. In 2006 she was appointed by Governor Kaine
to serve on the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. Dr. Bibbs is a recipient of
many other honors and serves on several other National, State and local boards.

 

Entrepreneur/Visionary: Organized the Richmond Preparatory Christian
Academy (Now Richmond Prep) in August 1983: Pre-School, Elementary and
Middle (Home of the Mighty Eagles) Celebrating 34 years.

 

Dr. Bibbs was married to the late Mr. H. Clay Bibbs, II. They had one son,
Dr. Jonathan Clay Bibbs.
Her motto: “I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”

For preaching engagements or to reach Dr. Yvonne Jones Bibbs,

Please call (804) 359-1691 or info@sixthbaptistchurch.org.