Who We Are


St. Mary’s Church, Dover Parish in the Diocese of Virginia, is a community of faith nestled in the countryside of Goochland County, just west of Richmond.  We come from many different backgrounds and many different places to worship God in one of the most peaceful settings one can imagine.

The beginnings of St. Mary’s Church can be traced to the Reconstruction period following the Civil War when a small, but enthusiastic group of Virginia Episcopalians recognized the need for a mission church in Goochland County. Their faith made possible the consecration of “Little St. Mary’s” in 1878. Even after 130 years, this remarkable Victorian building continues to embody the dynamic spirit of St. Mary’s. Nearby, the magnificent “New St. Mary’s,” which was dedicated in 1992 and expanded in 2002, stands in this historical setting as a beautiful center for mission and ministry — a three-dimensional form of our renewed vision of fresh possibilities for the extension of love of God and our neighbors.

We would love the opportunity to welcome you for a visit, or as a new member of our congregation.