"The Friendly Church with a Mission and the Pastor with an Essential Message"

 

A SYNOPSIS OF OUR HISTORY

 

Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church began its history on February 11, 1979, Reverend Ricardo Bartlett, Sr. was called as Pastor.

A small group of dedicated Christian workers under the leadership of Pastor Bartlett sought an appropriate place to hold worship services and a temporary location was secured.  On Sunday, February 18, 1979, the congregation met at 2431 East Grand Boulevard with approximately twenty-five members in attendance for worship.

In September of 1979, the infant church purchased the property at 7203 East Harper Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.  The small church family worked diligently to establish the corner of Harper and Frontenac as a beacon of light in the community where everyone could not only see good works, but could benefit from them as well.  

Shortly after establishing our church at the Harper and Frontenac location, Pastor Bartlett’s vision was still incomplete.  A meeting was held with the church body, where Pastor Bartlett predicted that this location would suffice for five years and then we would make another giant leap of faith forward.  The church worked feverishly in Kingdom building, experiencing tremendous growth.

On the second Sunday of November in 1984, we marched into our new church home located at 17300 Chandler Park Drive, Detroit, Michigan.  Greater St. Paul Baptist Church was distinguished as being the first African-American congregation to minister to the far eastern end of the city.  The church membership grew in excess of one thousand people on roll.  Here, it became our mission to improve the lot of mankind and become a viable part of the community. 

Sunday, May 2, 1999 launched the inauguration of another milestone in our history.  We marched into our current church home at 15325 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, and immediately dedicated it to God.  Look where He's brought us to!  Current services and ministries include:  Christian Education, A Child Development Center, Michigan School Readiness for 4-year olds, 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), and College Assistance.

Future plans are to build senior citizens housing, a summer feeding program, and on-site counseling services.