Little Rock Baptist Church: 64th Anniversary Church Services
Subjects: Church Services
Description: Church program for the month of March in the year 2000, which commemorates the churches 64th anniversary.
Date: March 5, 2000
Original Format: Church Program
Rights Management: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributing Institution: Array
Relation: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributor: Icee Griffin
Transcript: Page 2
The history of the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church is preserved with the hope of inspiring our present and future congregations during this new millennium. It is our prayer that they will preserve the ideals and dreams of those who labored for so long enduring many hardships while working in this area of the Lord's vineyard. Certainly, God has been our shield and strength. He has guided us with his counsel; blessed us by his providence and inspired us bu his spirit.
The Historic Little Rock Baptist Church was established in April 1936 under the pastorage of Rev. Robert E. Tate. At that time there was a small but faithful band of six worshipers, who all attended worship services regularly in the home of Brother and Sister Hooks at 1214 E. Willis Street in Detroit. (There were in addition to Brother and Sister Hooks, Brother and Sister Ernest Robinson, Mother Della Brown and Mother Gaillard.) In this small, but adequate Christian home, the word of God provided the light to guide their path and the love to inspire fellowship. The membership steadily increased and recognizing the need for a larger church home the congregation moved to anew building at 3734 Russell Street. Rev. Tate continued to pastor until his death on July 17, 1953.
On February 15, 1954, the Rev. Theodore R. Provost was installed as the new pastor, and under his leadership, the church relocated to 7639 Mack Avenue. Rev. Provost remained pastor with the church until 1959, when he was called to pastor in San Fransisco, California.
During the next decade, the church experienced several changes in leadership beginning with Rev. Walter L. LaBeaux, of San Antonio, Texas, who pastored from June 1960 to 1962. Rev. John Bussell was called to pastor on April 10, 1963 and through many hardships and sacrifices lead the congregation until July 1967. On March 20, 1968, the call was extended to Rev. Clarence L. Townsell, and under his pastorage the congregation relocated to 4903 Maxwell Street. In less than a year, Rev. Townsell, in his role as pastor inspired the church to purchase the adjacent parsonage. He continued his work until December 22, 1971. on June 9, 1972, Rev. Jim Holley, our present pastor, was elected to become our shepherd. He came with a mission of saving souls and spreading the good news and many souls were saved. The congregation grew until soon it was evident that even renovation and expansion was not enough for the rapid growth of the congregation.
On August 13, 1978, the Little Rock Baptist Church relocated to our present home, at 9000 Woodward Avenue, where our church's membership continues to multiply and prosper.
During the twenty-one years that we have been at our present location, under Rev. Holley's dynamic leadership, vision and zeal to do the work of the Lord, he as initiated a host of specialized programs and outreach ministries designed to enhance and enrich the spiritual and educational growth of our church and community.
Throughout the twentieth century we did "Great and Mighty Things." Through Rev. Holley;s financial proficiency we succeeded in the burning of the church mortgage March 15, 1987. The magnificent stained glass windows which were designed by our pastor were installed and dedicated March 29, 1992. Expanded and updated the air conditioning system in the spring of 1996. In August 1998 the electronic marquee in front of the church was dedicated and in 1999 the church parking lot was extended and paved, providing additional safe parking spaces for our members. A beautiful new bookstore was created along with additional classroom the same year.
In this new year of 2000, with our Lord and Savior's guidance, we will go forth with out "Vision 2000" bu Empowering - Embracing and Impacting the New Millennium.
A Message fron Rev, Jim Holley, Ph.D. Our Pastor
When the spirit of God energizes the wod of God, the results are inevitable.
Greetings to my Little Rock Family, as we celebrate our 64th Church Anniversary. It is with great humility and pride, that I give honor and thanks first to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, then to our forefathers, this who pioneered this church, for they have left us a magnificent legacy.
In his goodness, God has brought us into the twenty-first century, blessing this congregation in so many ways, and as your spiritual leader I will continue to do all that I can to further his work walking in his path so that his people will continue to blessed.
I truly love our church and our congregation and it is with great pride that I greet you all in this new millennium. I'd like to thank all who have strived to make our church what it is today. I'd like also to thank our wonderful auxiliaries and especially the Church Anniversary committee for making all this possible.
A Message from The General Chairperson of the Church Anniversary Committee
To My Little Rock Church Family,
As we celebrate our 64th Church Anniversary, the committee and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support that you have give and ask for your continued prayers and support.
Being a part of this tremendous undertaking has been very rewarding for Usher Board #2, the Anniversary Committee and myself. We have worked very hard in preparation, and we only hope that you, our church family, will enjoy the celebration as much as we did in preparation of it.
We are so grateful and thankful to God for his goodness and for his mercy. We are thankful to our pastor, Rev. Jim Holley for his leadership and for the confidence that he has placed in us. To Rev. Hilliard, whose support has been ever present, always encouraging and giving us inspiration. To those who I call my "special people", who I could call upon time and time again ad who never once tired of my calls I say "thank you", "thank you," thank you and God Bless you all."
"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto they name, oh most high."