The Mission Sisters (formerly the Deaconess Board) was appointed by the late Elder Chester Arthur Forrest in 1941 when the church was organized. There were two deaconesses – Sister Rachel Hawkins and Sister Selena Williams.
Sister Selena Williams served as the Mother of the Church, and president of the Deaconess Board until Sister Luvenia Coleman Thomas was appointed to the position.
In the nineteen-seventies, under the leadership of Sister Thomas, the board grew in numbers and became an effective part of the Church’s overall congregation. She was a strict leader as it pertained to proper Church deaconess while remaining a compassionate, loving and caring leader.
At the request of Sister Mary Earls, Pastor Forrest appointed Deaconess Board #2 to assist the Senior Deaconess with their tasks. The following persons made up this ministry: Sister Clardy Ashton, Sister Jeannie Barker, Sister Emily Phillips, Sister Mary Sterling and Sister Rosa T. Preston. Later this group was merged with the Senior group.
After the death of Sister Luvenia Thomas, Sister Samuella Robinson was appointed as Mother of the Church and President of the Deaconess. She served faithfully and effectively until her death. At the time of her death, the Reverend Dennis R. Hebert, Sr. had become pastor of the Church, and at this juncture, he merged the Senior Deaconess Board # 1 and the Deaconess Board # 2. Later, he appointed Sister Barbara Broadway Baugh as the Mother of the Church, and President of the Deaconess Board.
With a desire to see positive changes in the direction of the Church, Pastor Hebert changed the name from Deaconess Board to Mission Sisters Ministry. Sister Blanche White Bova was appointed to assist Sister Barbara Baugh.
Sister Baugh along with the members of the ministry made some ministry changes and increased their outreach programs. Howevcr, because of the illness of Sister Baugh’s parents, she felt that she could no longer serve as an effective leader. She requested that Pastor Hebert appoint someone else to serve as President and Mother of the Church.
In 2009, Pastor Hebert appointed Sister Annie R. Harris, a long time member of the Church and a member of the Mission Sisters Ministry to assume the vacant positions. Sister Bova resigned her post as assistant in April, 2013 due to health reasons. Under the leadership of Sister Harris, the ministry is moving forward in the Lord and continuously reaching out to fulfill the commission in Matthews 25:34-40 that God has called us to do.
As Mission Sisters we are blessed with the fortitude of our progressive members, and the wisdom of our senior members.
The deacons are servants of the church. Their qualifications are set forth in the scriptures. The number of deacons is determined by the availability of those qualified and by the needs of the church. The deacon ministry assists the pastor in all matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the church. They serve as a steering team working with all facets of the church, the staff, and lay leaders of each ministry, lay members and plan for the allocation of resources, budget and overall coordination of various ministries of the church. The deacons also assist the pastor in the spiritual development of the church family through leadership, administration, and teaching.
Let the words of Christ dwell in Joy richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” Colossians 3:16
Our mission is to worship God in spirit and truth; we seek to connect people to Jesus Christ by glorifying God in worship, equipping the saints for ministry, witnessing to the lost people of the world. The music ministry offers a number of opportunities for all ages and abilities.
The following groups are open for membership:
and the 7:45 a.m. Choir
The purpose of the Street Ministry is to bring the word of God to those persons who do not attend church. This ministry focuses on preaching the Word of Jesus Christ in the community, especially where the church is located. In accordance with its mission, an evangelistic ministry is provided to the Eden Park Community on the streets each summer. Services are held each evening for one week on different street corners. Afterwards, celebration revival services are held in the sanctuary or under a tent on the church grounds immediately following the street services.
The Multimedia Ministry serves people through the recording and duplication of the religious services of the church for the benefit of our sick and shut in members. These recordings are also available to the congregation for a nominal fee.