OUR HISTORY

In 1965, the keen eye of spiritual leaders in the City of Detroit launched a platform for Pastors, The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, Inc. (The Council). This Baptist Body of pastoral leadership was developed believing in the need for the nurture, development, training, networking and spiritual support of pastors and ministers and the offering of leadership of social justice issues to the community-at-large. The Council uses its platform to recommend associate pastors by assisting and encouraging them in every field of Christian ministry and social change, to which the members are called to use their gifts to the glory of God.

Serving as The Council’s First President, The Reverend Roy Allen, Pastor of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church, worked along with his First Vice-President, Reverend Roosevelt Williams, Pastor of the First Community Baptist Church and Second Vice-President, Reverend Charles Nicks, Sr., Pastor of the Peoples Baptist Church, formed the structure of The Council by developing its By-Laws and Constitution, implementing Committees that would provide an array of supportive services to pastors and their communities and strengthening its outreach efforts to attract other pastors with like-minded vision.

It was agreed by The Council that January through December, 1965 would be the organizing year and The Council would start its tenure years (a three-year term) with its leader, The Reverend Roy Allen. Reverend Allen provided strong leadership as he molded a pastoral body to empower itself and encourage personal and corporate involvement in social and political concerns in the communities The Council served. Reverend Allen stressed the importance that The Council must stay focused on those issues deemed strategic in carrying out the “Great Commission.”

Over the last fifty (50) years, many great Presidents have and are serving The Council and we remember their legacy in prayer and gratitude:

PAST PRESIDENTS

2008-2010


Reverend Dr. Oscar King, III | Northwest Unity Baptist Church




2016-2019


Reverend Dr. Deedee M. Moore-Coleman | Russell Street Baptist Church




2019-PRESENT


Reverend Dr. Steven Bland | Liberty Baptist Church




1965-1968


Reverend Roy Allen | Chapel Hill Baptist Church




1969-1971


Reverend Roosevelt William | First Community Baptist Church




1972-1974


Reverend Charles Nicks, Sr. | Peoples Baptist Church




1975-1977


Reverend Ozzie Clark | Northwest Unity Baptist Church




1978-1980


Reverend Dr. Odell Jones | Pleasant Grove Baptist Church




1981-1983


Reverend William Holly | Rising Star Baptist Church




1984-1986


Reverend Dr. Valmon D. Stotts | Unity Baptist Church




1987-1989


Reverend Charles Butler | New Calvary Baptist Church




1990-1992


Reverend Sampson Matthew | Mt. Hebron Baptist Church




1993-1995


Reverend Dr. Jim Holley | Little Rock Baptist Church




1996-1998


Reverend Edgar Vann | Second Ebenezer Baptist Church




1999-2001


Reverend Dr. Edward Branch | Third New Hope Baptist Church




2002-2004


Reverend Dr. Joseph Jordan | Corinthian Baptist Church




2005-2007


Reverend Dr. Samuel Bullock | Bethany Baptist Church




2014-2016


Reverend Dr. Lawrence Glass | El Bethel Baptist Church




2011-2013


Reverend Dr. Michael Owens | Bethel Baptist Church, East





Today, we continue to strive to keep the focus on which The Council has been built. The Council remembers its leaders and stand on their strength and legacy, to build better bridges of Hope in the communities where The Council serves.

The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity

Phone: 313-875-2459 | Email: COBAPDetroit@gmail.com

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