Little Rock Baptist Church: 63rd Church Anniversary Services
Subjects: Church Services
Description: This program was for the commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of Little Rock Baptist Church. Each week for a month, a service was held in which another congregation joined them in worship.
Date: March 7, 1999
Original Format: Special Event Program
Rights Management: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributing Institution: Array
Relation: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributor: Icee Griffin
Transcript: Page 2
Little Rock Baptist Church
The Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church was established in April 1936 under the pastorate of Rev. Robert E. Tate. At that time, there was a small but faithful band of six worshipers: Brother and Sister Hooks and at 1213 E. Willis Street, in Detroit. In this small adequate Christian home, the word of God provided the light to guide their path and the love of fellowship. These excited pioneers spread the good news far and near, and membership steadily increased. Recognizing the need for a larger church, the congregation moved to a new building at 3734 Russell Street. The congregation continued to flourish and made greater strides under the pastorate of rev. Tate until his death on July 17, 1953.
Rev. Theodore R. Provost was installed as the new pastor on February 15, 1954. Under this leadership, the church relocated to 7639 Mack Ave. Rev. Provost labored at the church until 1959, when he was called to pastor a church in San Francisco, CA.
During the next decade, the church experienced several changes in leadership. These changes began when the faithful in Christ banded together and called Rev. Walter L. La Beaux of San Antonio, TX, who pastored from June 1960 to 1962. The church leadership then called Rev. John Bussell on April 10, 1963. He pastored until July 1967. On March 20, 1968, the call was extended to Rev. Clarence L. Townsell. In January 1969, the church relocated to 4903 Maxwell Street. In less than a year, Rev. Townsell, in his role as pastor and preacher, enable [the] church to also purchase the adjacent parsonage. He continued his good works until 1971.
Rev. Jim Holley was called to pastor Little Rock Baptist Church on June 9, 1972. After six years of faithful service and continuing growth, Rec. Holley and the congregation moved to the current beautiful edifice at 9000 Woodward Avenue, in august of 1978.
The combination of Rev. Holley's skillful leadership, the central geographic location and their evangelistic mission caused the church membership to multiply and prosper. Today, the church enthusiastically continues with its mission to win souls for Christ.
A Message From The Pastor
Greeting to my beloved Little Rock church family. As we being our 63rd Church anniversary celebration, I am mindful of just how much we have to be thankful for. Upon reading the church history, you can see how the might hand of God has continued to bless us from our humble beginnings in the house of brother and sister Hooks, our first church home on Russell; the formative years on Mack and Baldwin. From the faith affirming days on Maxwell and Warren, to our vision for the next millennium. Because of God's grace, we can all share the many fruits of His blessings.
On display this month, The Historic Little Rock Photo Exhibit recognizes many individuals and families whom, over the years have chosen to take the walk of faith with Little Rock. Be sure to visit, experience the richness of our collective heritage. In order to prepare ourselves for tomorrow, we must be able to appreciate yesterday. beloved, we can look forward with anticipation, based on years of loving fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Happy Anniversary Little Rock, together, we have come this far by faith, leaning and trusting in the Lord. With the grace that surpasses all understanding, he will continue to show us grat and might things.
Rev. Jim Holley, Ph.D., Pastor