About Our Church

Who we are

Our beliefs

Our team

Who we are

Our Story

We are a Baptist church, part of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland (ABCI). You don’t have to be a baptist to come to Blackrock Community Church, everyone is welcome. “Baptist” is a nickname for Christians who follow the biblical practice of baptising people who publicly declare that they are followers of Jesus.

There have been Baptists in Ireland since the 1680s. Our church was formed out of group sent from our congregation at Grosvenor Road in Rathmines. The Grosvenor Road church moved to Rathmines in the 1940s from their Harcourt Street site.

In 2016 Grosvenor Road Baptist Church began working to establish another local church in South Dublin in an effort to provide the community with greater access to the Bible’s message. In partnership with the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland (ABCI), in January 2019, a group from the Grosvenor church began meeting on Sundays at St. Andrew’s College Dublin, Booterstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

We’re part of the Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland.

We are a church plant from Grosvenor Road Baptist Church in Rathmines. Click here to visit their website.

Grosvenor Road has previously planted a church in Ballycullen in 2004, visit their website here for more details.

We are Christians

People who follow Jesus Christ, and who therefore take his name.

We are Bible-believing Christians

The bible and its message is at the center of everything we do.

We are gospel-centered Christians

The main message of the Bible is the good news that, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” (1 Timothy 1:15b, ESV). Because it is good news, we want to share it as widely as we can.

We are family-friendly

We have a fully supervised creche staffed by Garda-vetted volunteers, most of whom are parents themselves. We hope that this will give you a few minutes to sit in the service. There’s also a similarly staffed and fun, Bible-centered Sunday club for children.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…”

Colossians 3:16

What we believe

Trinity

In one triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as revealed in Scripture, and in His sovereignty and grace in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgement.

Scripture

In the divine inspiration and consequent inerrancy of Scripture as originally given, and in its final authority in, and all-sufficiency for, all matters of faith and conduct.

Sin

In the universal sinfulness and guilt of the human race in consequence of the Fall, and in our liability to God’s wrath and judgement.

Satan

In the real and personal existence of the devil.

Jesus Christ

In Jesus Christ, the divine and eternally pre-existent Son of God, who took upon Himself true humanness, was born of a virgin, and is the sole mediator between human beings and God.

Salvation

In Jesus Christ’s perfect life and sacrificial death as our representative and substitute, whose life and death are the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.

Resurrection

In the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, in His ascension into heaven, His present reign, and His personal, visible and imminent return in power and glory.

Faith

In the justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith alone, resulting in the eternal security of the believer and in works that please God.

Spirit

In the person of God the Holy Spirit and in His illuminating, convicting, regenerating, indwelling, sanctifying and empowering work in every believer.

Service

In the priesthood of all believers, their calling to serve God with the gifts He has given them, their equal standing before God and their equal access to the Father through the Son by the Spirit.

Church

In one universal Church, comprising all believers from all nations of all time, as the body of which Christ is the Head, expressed locally in terms of churches committed to the Word of God and prayer, mutual service and care, and mission.

Baptism

In baptism of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ in obedience to His command, and in the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic remembrance of His death.

Eternity

In the resurrection of the body and the future, final judgement, subsequent to which those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ will suffer eternal punishment, while believers will enjoy and serve God and His Christ perfectly in the new creation for all eternity.

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith

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Mission & Purpose

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Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

God calls spiritually mature Christians to serve the church in special leadership capacities, i.e., elders, deacons, pastors, teachers, and evangelists. The office of pastor and elder is limited to qualified men who are called by God, recognized by the body, and meet the biblical standards of eldership. The role of elders is to guard, guide, and grow the church (1 Timothy 3:1-14; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5). Women have significant leadership roles within the church and have equal value and identity in Christ in the image of God and in salvation (Galatians 3:27-28). Deacons are men and women who are qualified and called to serve the church, ensuring that the practical needs of the congregation (i.e., widows and orphans) are met (Acts 6:1-7; Romans 16:1; 1 Timothy 3:8-13). 

Our Pastor: Richard McConnell

Our Pastor: Richard McConnell

Pastor

Originally from Co Tyrone, Richard came to Dublin as a student in 1998 where he met his wife, Mandy. He studied History and Political Science at TCD followed by the H. Dip. in Secondary Education.

After working for number of years as a secondary school teacher (at St. Andrew’s and Wesley) Richard studied for a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Chicago (2011-2014) before moving back to Dublin to take up the role of assistant pastor at Grosvenor Road Baptist Church in Rathmines. He enjoys reading and endures running.

Graham Fry

Graham Fry

Elder

Mervyn Maiden

Mervyn Maiden

Elder

Daniel Buliga

Daniel Buliga

Deacon: Finance

Gerard McEntee

Gerard McEntee

Deacon: Setup

Kyle von Haden

Kyle von Haden

Deacon: Digital & Media

Frank Mulloy

Frank Mulloy

Deacon

Mandy McConnell

Mandy McConnell

Children's Ministry

Chris McGuire

Chris McGuire

Youth & Music

Leah McGuire

Leah McGuire

Youth & Welcome Team

Nicoleta Buliga

Nicoleta Buliga

Refreshments

Sheila McEntee

Sheila McEntee

Scripture Rota

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

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