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117th Church Anniversary 

By: Christopher Hightower 
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2013 has taken the members of Beulah Missionary Baptist Church to a new place. The church will celebrate this new destiny at its 117th Church Anniversary during the month of November.

At the beginning of the year, the church’s senior pastor, the Reverend Jerry D. Black, declared to each ministry and each member that in 2013 “God is Leading You to the Next Dimension.” Since that time, the church’s ministries and programs have embraced this theme, promoting spiritual growth. 

Pastor Black explained that the church is on a path of progression. “We started in 2011 as the year God elevated us to the next level and then celebrated in 2012 as the year of victory. This year, God led me to remind the people of God that He has so much in store for us.”

Pastor Black’s premise has been based upon 1 John 3:2, “It does not appear what we shall be,” and with this scripture, he has charged the church throughout the year to increase their faith to become all God has called it to be.

Accepting this charge, the members will now move to the next dimension in 4-D, Discipleship, Dedication, Devotion, Divine Deliverance, for its 117th Church Anniversary Celebration. The church will prepare for the future while remembering the past. Each Sunday during the month of November as part of the weekly 7:30 am and 10:45 am worship services, the church will include a special memorial tribute to honor ministries and members who helped the church get to where it is now.

The four- Sunday event will culminate Sunday, November 24, 2013 during both morning worship services. The special guest for this celebration Sunday is the Reverend Dr. Marcus  Cosby, pastor of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. Dr. Cosby received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While at ITC, Rev. Cosby was chosen as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America and was awarded the Isaac R. Clark Preaching Award. In 2001, The African American Pulpit, a scholarly journal that highlights the preaching prowess of African American preachers across the country, selected him to be included on their inaugural “Twenty to Watch” list. He has been inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. He has been blessed to carry his ministry across the country and on the Mother Continent of Africa. 

Beulah Baptist Church began with nine people, led by the Reverend W.F. Paschall, on Sunday, November 20, 1896. Since that time the church has grown from its brush-arbor on Hardee Street, its first wooden and later bricked edifice on Hardee Street, its second home on Beulah Lane, to its current location on Clifton Springs Road with 9,000 members. The Reverend Jerry D. Black serves as the church’s seventh pastor following the rich legacy of his predecessors. Pastor Black has expanded the scope of the church with an array of ministries to meet the needs of members and the community. The church’s campus now includes a modern worship center and a state-of-art family life center facility

This year’s celebration is being coordinated by our Anniversary Committee led by chairperson, Jerrod Owens, and co-chairpersons,  Hassie Buckner and Tonya Butler.