Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church launched this mission in 1979 with Rev. Ricardo Bartlett, Sr. at the helm. He and a small group of committed believers embarked on its maiden voyage on Sunday, February 18, 1979 at 2431 E. Grand Boulevard in Detroit. In September 1979, Pastor Bartlett led the church to raise over sixty-five thousand dollars and together with a loan, purchased real property at 7203 E. Harper in Detroit (formerly know as Mt. Calvary Baptist Church). The congregation consisted of the following charter members and families: the Bartletts, Burns, Harris, Howze and Means.
With the vision to work and a goal to inspire and enhance the Harper-Frontenac community, the following outreach programs were instituted: a Seniors Citizens Meal Program, a Food Co-op, a Senior Citizens Recreational Program, Youth-Oriented ministries, a Radio Broadcast, and a Community Fun Festival and Carnival. Five years later, Pastor Bartlett acknowledged the church’s growth and its need to expand. He presented a plan to the church leaders and on Sunday, November 11, 1984, proudly led the march to a new church home at 17300 Chandler Park Drive in Detroit.
We were the first African-American congregation to minster to the far eastern end of the city and our membership increased to over one thousand congregants. Sunday, May 2, 1999, launched the inauguration of another milestone in our history. We marched into our current home at 15325 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit and immediately dedicated it to God. Look where He’s brought us to! Current services and ministers include: Christian Education, a Child Development Center for ages 6 weeks through 5 years old, (GRSP) Michigan School Readiness for 4-year old’s, Radio Broadcast, Tutoring Services, Health, Social Concerns, Substance Abuse and Crisis Management, Youth Ministry, Political and Social Action, Giving Tree (for underprivileged children and families), Foreign Missions (Africa), Charter School: Macomb Montessori Academy (kindergarten through 8th grade), and College Assistance.
Future plans are to build a Senior Citizens Housing, a Summer Feeding Program and On-site Counseling Services.