Church History

"A Sure Foundation"
Founded: 1945
Founding Pastor: Rev. Samuel Wilson
Years Served: 1945 - 1962
Founding Leaders: Rev. Samuel Wilson, Dea. James Beaman, Dea. John Beamon, Dea. Esau McAbrew, and Dea. Oscar Watson
Boards/Ministries/Departments: Deacon Board, Trustee Board, Senior Usher Board, Senior Choir, Gospel Chorus, Junior Choir, Sunday School Department, Mission Department, Nurses Guild
Edifice: Vienna Street (print shop), Ormond Street (house), and 144 Baden Street (upstairs only)



"Firmly Established"
Pastor: Rev. Willie Frank Cotton
Years Served: 1963 - 1995
Boards/Ministries/Departments: Youth Department, Laymen League, Male Chorus, Willing Workers, Pastor's Aide Club, Baptist Training Union, Young Women's Auxiliary, Scholarship Committee, Kitchen Committee, Homeless Food&Clothing Ministry, Transportation Ministry, Men's Day Committee, Women's Day Committee, Bible Class, Matrons Auxiliary, Sunday Morning Youth Ministry, Youth Retreat, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
Edifice: 144 Baden Street (total remodel), Air Conditioning, Parking Lot Expansion, Major Addition/New Sanctuary (1985)



"Solid Growth"
Pastor: Rev. Joseph Henry Carter
Years Served: 1997 - 2007
Boards/Ministries/Departments: Audio Ministry, Credit Union, Computer Education Ministry, Men's Fellowship Ministry, Women's Fellowship Ministry, Hospitality Committee, Praise & Worship Team, New Members Class, Minister of Music, Mass Choir, Women's Chorus
Edifice: Pastor's Office Expansion, Secretary's Office Expansion, Elevator Construction, Sanctuary Enhancements, Kitchen Renovations, Dining Room Name Change to S.W. Wilson Fellowship Hall, Address Change to 304 Joseph Avenue



"New Horizons"
Pastor: Rev. James Lee Cherry, Jr.
Years Served: 2009 - Present
Boards/Ministries/Departments: Ministry Organization Chart, Morning Glory (Prayer Service), The Covenant Connection (in-depth Bible Study; Leadership Training), Christian Education Ministry, Evangelistic Explosion, SAC Attack (Saints Against Crack), AIDS Ministry, Creative Arts Ministry, Media/Videography Ministry
Edifice: Cameras&Screens in the Sanctuary, Camera&Screen in the S.W. Wilson Fellowship Hall, Media/Videography Studio, Church Library (Autumn 2012)
Spiritual Expansion: State of the Church Address, Annual Church Theme, Daniel's Fast, Passover Seder (The Last Supper)