Messiah's Rich History in Grand Rapids
Messiah is the oldest African-American Baptist church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Messiah Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1890 by Sister Catherine Carter and was organized with the help of Rev. Holt, a Baptist Minister from Amesburg, Canada. On September 16, 1890 Messiah Missionary Baptist Church was officially recorded as a church by the state of Michigan in the county of Kent. The Reverend Gillard was the first pastor, serving for five years. Under his pastorate our present site was purchased and a wooden frame building erected.
1890-1895 Rev. Robert Gillard
1895-1898 Pulpit filled by various visiting ministers
1898- 1900 Rev. S.B. Toles
1900-1915 Rev. S. Henri Browne
1915-1918 Rev. Melville Purdue
1918-1929 Rev. W.J. Northcross
1929-1930 Rev. Robert Moody
1930-1933 Rev. Lawrence McNeil
1933-1969 Rev. Albert C Keith
April- July 1969 Rev. Homer C. Cross
1969-1971 Rev. I. Joseph Miller
1971-1972 Rev. Homer C. Cross
1972-2017 Rev. Dr. Clifton Rhodes, Jr.
2017- Present Rev. Daniel Smith