Little Rock Baptist Church: 67th Anniversary Church Services
Subjects: Church Services
Description: Program for the celebration of the 67th anniversary of the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church. Included is a summary of the churches history and a message from the pastor, Rev. Jim Holley.
Date: March 2, 2003
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 Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
The history of Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church is preserved with the hope of inspiring our present and future congregations. It is our prayer that they will protect the vision of those who labored and endured many hardships for the church, its members and the community.
Little Rock Baptist Church was organized in 1936 by Rev. Robert E. Tate at the home of Brother and Sister Hooks and seven members. The church's pilgrimage began at 1314 E. Willis and later moved to 3834 Russell Street.
We give recognition to the Pastors whose faithful leadership has been instrumental in the progress of this great church.
Rev. Robert E. Tate, Founder 1936 - 1953
Rev. Theodore R. Provost 1954 - 1959
Church moved to 7369 Mack
Rev. Walter L. Labeaux 1960 - 1962
Rev. John Bussell 1963 - 1967
Rev. Clarence L. Townsell 1968 - 1971
Church moved to 4903 Maxwell
On June 9, 1973, Rev. Jim Holley was called to pastor Little Rock Baptist Church. After years of faithful service and continued growth at the Maxwell location, in August 1978, the congregation moved to our present location at 9000 Woodward Ave.
We thank God for the beautiful edifice he has blessed us with. Its beauty is magnified by 13,000 piece of hand blown stained glass mounted in its windows. Inspired by Rev. Holley, the windows depict the Fifteen Stations of the Cross and were dedicated on March 29, 1992.
In February 6, 1995, a Michigan Historical Marker was erected at the church site. The name of the church was amended and the church ans now known as The Historic Little Rock Missionary Baptist Church.
A new air conditioning system was installed in 1996 and the parking lot was extended in 1999. The electronic marquee was installed in 1998 and is used to keep the community informed of upcoming events at the church.
God blessed the Renovation 2001 Campaign. Approximately $600,000 was spent restoring and renovating the areas of the church building. The high Gothic ceiling in the sanctuary was cleaned and restored to its original state. The pulpit area was redesigned and the altar and communion table were replaced. Staircases were added to the back balcony to allow for direct access to and from the main sanctuary area. The audio system was updated and new TV monitors were installed. Other work included the purchase of a new handicap stair track; a partial roof replacement; a new handicapped accessible bathroom was installed on the lower level; lounges were remodeled; and walls were painted throughout the church.
We SEE a to provide spiritual, educational and economic nurturing for all. As "The Going Church for the Coming Christ," we believe that the Kingdom of God is advanced through the transforming lives by way of preaching and teaching of the gospel, and instilling Christian values for daily living. We pray that our works are displayed by way of souls brought to salvation, and education and empowerment of the church, its members and the community.
Spiritual growth is encouraged through all ministries at Little Rock Baptist Church, which are designed to promote salvation and faith, heighten worship and praise, win souls, and perform biblical teaching. These ministries include: Deacon, Deaconess, and Trustee Boards; Christian Education Board; Music Ministry, Usher Boards, Health and Wellness Unit; Mission Ministry; Mothers Board; two Prayer & Bible Study Classes; Sunday School; Soul Winning Action Team (SWAT); Women's & Men's Ministries; Young Adult Ministry; Youth Ministry; Married Couple's Ministry; Prison Ministry; Scholarship Ministry; Deaf Ministry and the Self Help Investment Program (SHIP). Our radio ministry provides spiritual inspiration for the community.
Educating the youth and instilling a set of spiritual and economic values has been practiced throughout the years. Youth Church is held in the lower auditorium during the 10:45 a.m. Worship Service each Sunday with the exception of fourth Sunday. Every fourth Sunday, the youth participate in the Worship Service in the main sanctuary, displaying their spiritual training by reading and interpreting scriptures, praying, singing and ushering.
The church has sponsored trips for our youth to various places, including the historical landmarks of Washington, D.C., Historical Black colleges located in Atlanta, Georgia and Africa; the space center in Alabama, museums of Chicago and theater in Toronto. It is Pastor Holley's desire to expose our children to sites of interest throughout the world.
Little Rock's charter school, the Detroit Academy of Arts and Science has two locations. The Jefferson campus has grades K-5 and the Medbury Campus has grades 6-11. The Medbury Campus will expand to include grade 12 during 2003.
Advanced adult classes, with the possibility of earning an Associates Degree, are available on site at the "Rock" though the "Education in the Hood" program sponsored by Wayne County Community College.
Economic nurturing for the church, its members, and the community is a continuing ambition and is accomplished through health, human services, job training, job placement, and the promotion of entrepreneurship.
Pastor Holley established the Shoes for Children project in 1978, and each year thousands of pairs of shoes are provided for needy children. The Little Rock Food Pantry provides food for the hungry throughout the year and over 100 food baskets are distributed during the Thanksgiving season.
Little Rock holds membership in several organizations, including the NAACP and Operation P.U.S.H. We support the United Negro College Fund and the SCLC Civil Rights Organization.
In 2002, the Church formed Rock Property Management. The building of the Rock Plaza strip mall on Woodward Avenue was completed and opened to the public. Members of the church's SHIP Ministry have ownership in the Subway restaurant located within the mall, and all of the various stores and restaurants in the mall service the community's needs. Our affiliation with Jackets for Jobs, Inc. offers career development opportunities.
We SEE the vision, Salvation, Education and Economics, and run knowing that the will of God will never lead us where the grace of God cannot keep us!
A Message from the Pastor
As we celebrate our 67th Church Anniversary we give God the Glory, our ancestors praise and the congregation and friends gratitude.
Thirty-one years as your Pastor approaches and yet God is fresh with us as He was in the beginning. As we see God's vision, we must come to understand His vision. Allow God to write the vision on your hearts and minds and run with the confidence of salvation.
Phillippians 3:14 states: "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." These words remind us that our works are not in vain. God has been so good to us down through the years and continues to be a blessing to us through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
God bless you, and again let me thank you for my pastorage.
Let's celebrate our Sixty Seventh Anniversary and give God the Glory knowing that we SEE the vision!
Because of Calvary,
Rev. Jim Holley, Ph.D.
With Our Love and Deepest Appreciation THANK YOU!
We wish to say "Thank You" to Reverend Holley and the Little Rock Family for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to serve as the 67th Church Anniversary Committee. We further acknowledge and thank you for your participation, prayers and monetary donations. God's grace and mercy has truly been guidance throughout the planning of this celebration.
To our Guest Pastors and churches, we wish to say a heartfelt "Thank You" for continuing to show your acts of love for our Pastor and Church family. We look forward to your support and fellowship each year. Our celebration would not be the same without your presence.
To God we give all the Glory,
The 67th Church Anniversary Committee
Bro. Larry Walker
Sis. Kenyata Rogers
Sis. Taiyia Griffin
Sis. Calandra Jackson
Sis. Ann Johnson
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."