History

LifeSpire of Virginia began as a dream.

As the pastor of Culpeper Baptist Church, Dr. J.T. Edwards dreamed of a Christ-centered home to care for Virginia’s aging adults. His dream was realized in 1945 when the Baptist General Association of Virginia voted to authorize the establishment of a new ministry for seniors. Three years later, the first of five LifeSpire of Virginia retirement communities opened its doors in Culpeper, Va.

The Millman house was given to LifeSpire of Virginia in return for the care of Mrs. Carrie E. Millman; her daughter, Miss Louise W. Millman and Miss Lillian Sweeney, Mrs. Millman’s sister. It served as a temporary location for LifeSpire of Virginia and set the standard of the time for outstanding care, programs and services for seniors. In 1951, a beautiful new Georgian building was funded through statewide philanthropy and opened under Dr. Edwards’s direction. It is known today as The Culpeper.

Today, LifeSpire of Virginia’s mission, vision and values provide the foundation upon which the organization continues to build.

Mission: Empowering individuals with choices in purposeful living.

Vision: Vibrant living where faith, wellness and community flourish.

Values: Faith, servant leadership, stewardship, integrity, peace of mind, innovation, joy.

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