THE CHARLES E. JONES MISSION RESIDENCE
On Sunday, June 10, 2012, First Baptist Church of Altavista dedicated "Sabbath Rest," The Charles E. Jones Mission Residence. The primary purpose of the mission residence is to provide housing accomodations for missionary families on furlough.
The mission house is located on the second floor of the Burton Activities Center located next door to the church. The residence is a self-contained apartment with living area, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom, and laundry room. The first floor of the Activities Center is used for occasional small group functions such as receptions, showers, small dinner parties, etc.
The mission house is named for Charles E. Jones, a long time member of First Baptist Church who passed away in 2010. "Charlie" served in a number of capacities in the church and was a strong supporter of missions.
If you are interested in residing in the mission house, please read the Guidelines.
Altavista is a small town with a laid back atmosphere and a close sense of community located 20 miles south of Lynchburg. Plentiful sidewalks take you down tree lined streets from residential areas to local shops. Altavista has a variety of restaurants: fast, traditional, and ethnic. The public schools are located in the town and have an excellent reputation with a personal touch. Altavista is the smallest town in the United States with a YMCA. The town has an excellent library with the latest in technology, as well as a museum celebrating its history and displaying historical artifacts.
There are many opportunities for recreational pursuits in and around Altavista. Smith Mountain Lake, one of the largest lakes in Virginia, is 30 minutes away. The Blue Ridge Mountains are less than an hour's drive. Located in central Virginia, Altavista is not far from many places related to the Civil War and other historical events. Roanoke, Greensboro and Raleigh/Durham are less than an hour away. Washington D.C. and Virginia Beach are approximately three and half hours away.