We are a body of born again baptized believers of Jesus Christ according to Romans 10:9-10
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
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The Antioch Freewill Baptist Church was organized in 1890 under the leadership of Reverend C.W. Frazer. After the church tragically burned down and resulted in the loss of its records, the land where it stands today was purchased. Reverend
Frazer served as pastor from 1895 to 1896, and after his departure, Reverend John W. Kirk was then called to preach.
In 1908, Reverend Kirk died, leading Reverend Rozelle to be called to pastor Antioch. During his time, Antioch’s current building was constructed. The church was chartered in 1915. In 1935, Antioch called Reverend Salle to pastor the church. After Reverend Sallie’s arrival, all of the Deacons (with the exception of Deacon Proctor) passed away. Deacon and Sister Proctor, along with their daughter Hosea Banks, were dedicated members of Antioch. Hosea Banks served as Antioch’s organist before she passed away. Reverend Sallie served as pastor until his death and soon after, Reverend Roberts became pastor for a short period of time. The next pastor of Antioch was Reverend E.M. Brown, who served for nine years. While Reverend Brown was in office, the church was able to add a new front with new windows; Furthermore, Deacon Davis was ordained and Deacon McDoodle joined the church. Reverend Brown was followed by Reverend Battles, who was next to pastor Antioch.
After Reverend Battles came Reverend O.R. Tipper, who led Antioch to the installation of the Baptismal pool and newly stained glass windows. The windows remain in memoriam of former members of the church who actively served. Reverend Tipper pastored Antioch until he went home to be with the Lord. Reverend Albert Gans was called next; during his service of three years, Deacons Alphonso Davis, Albert Frank and Herlin Johnson joined Antioch.
In 1968, Antioch called Reverend Langhorne to serve as pastor. With his leadership, Antioch obtained a better accounting system for the church’s finances. Antioch’s first son, Minister Ronald Glenn, served as Assistant pastor for two years during this time as well. When Reverend Langhorne left, Antioch asked the Council of Churches to ordain Min. Glenn, and in 1972 Min. Glenn was licensed and ordained with the assistance of Reverend Langhorne. During Reverend Glenn’s leadership, the church purchased a parsonage and new pews. He also assisted in the development of new bylaws, as the first set was destroyed in the fire. In 1974, Antioch purchased two houses on Hill Street, with the thirty-year mortgage being paid in three years with the help of Mr. Albert Craig. Minister E. Harris was licensed to preach in 1976 and served as Assistant Pastor to Reverend Glenn, who served as Pastor of Antioch for more than seven years.
In 1978, Reverend Massey was called to preach at Antioch, and this was also the year that Deacon Earvie Gandy joined the church. Deacon Gandy was a faithful servant and sought to do work within the house of the Lord, serving as Superintendent of Sunday School and Chairman of our Trustee Board.
In 1981, Reverend Donald Smith took over as pastor. In 1985, the church constructed the cloakroom. This was accomplished through faith, prayer, and the hard work of dedicated Christians here at Antioch. Reverend Smith resigned in 1987, leaving Antioch without a Pastor until July of 1988, when Reverend Norman Hunt was called. Deacon Leo Clements and Deacon John Palmer were both ordained while Reverend Hunt was pastor.
In 1989, the church refinanced its home at 319 Elizabeth Street. With the help of God, it was paid off in four years. Through prayer and faith, a handicap ramp was constructed to assist those with difficulty climbing the stairs. An upstairs bathroom was also built. Other renovations by Antioch included: implementing a central air system, paving the church parking lot, and installing a computer room that was built by Deacon Frank and Deacon Gandy. This was followed by the purchase of a computer as well as a printer.
After Reverend Hunt’s resignation in July of 1998, Antioch called Minister Troy Sligh in September of 1999. Shortly after coming to Antioch, Reverend Sligh was ordained. While he served as pastor, the church continued to maintain the sanctuary and rental properties. Specifically, we installed a new roof for the church, resurfaced the parking lot, remodeled the men’s and women’s bathrooms in the basement, installed a new bulletin board outside, and also purchased a new sound system along with a fifteen-passenger van. During his time, Reverend Sligh appointed his wife, Carletta Sligh as Minister of Music. With the support of our congregation, our missionaries were able to begin donating their time serving meals at The Bethlehem Haven Women’s shelter. This is something that our missionaries still do today.
In 2007, Minister Richard Owens was ordained after joining. Also among those who joined were Minister Jerome Johnson, along with Lorenzo Adams and Samuel Smith, who both were ordained as Deacons. During Reverend Sligh’s time as pastor, Brother Eric Cyrus and Ronald Cafrelli both joined the trustee board. Antioch was also able to make landscaping changes, remodel the kitchen, install new ceramic tile floors, and add wooden cabinets, a dishwasher, and a new microwave. The dishwasher, microwave, and long cabinet were donated by various church members. On top of this, Antioch was blessed with a new carpet in the sanctuary, as well as the stairs leading up to it. In addition, Antioch also put a new double-car garage door on our property located at 611 Hill Street. Reverend Troy Sligh resigned in May of 2008. Soon after, Antioch had been blessed with a new air conditioning/heating unit, keyboard, stand, speakers, and microphones. A welcome banner was also donated to the church, which demonstrates the dedication of its members!
From May 2009 until May 2011, Reverend Gary L. Hughes served as pastor of Antioch. Reverend Reginald Myers and his wife, Carol, joined under Reverend Hughes. In 2010, the first ever KIRK-COTTOM-GREY Scholarship was awarded to Candice Frank. The scholarship was established by Darlene Grey and her family in honor of the Kirk, Cottom, and Grey family members who worked hard and served in this church for multiple years. Later recipients were Courtnie Coon, Kendall Coleman and Trey Adams. In 2011, Antioch was blessed to purchase a laptop computer, projector, and large screen for viewing.
In October of 2011, Antioch called Reverend Travis C. Coon to serve as pastor. Reverend Coon came to us from St. John the Evangelist in Hazelwood, PA. He brought with him his wife Margo, son Travis, and daughter Courtnie. Sis. Margo Coon served as a deaconess.
In 2014, Antioch purchased a basketball hoop in the parking lot for our youth. The church also purchased a house at 401 Sprott Way (owned by former member Mrs. Ida Harrison) and rehabbed the property. This brought the total number of properties we own to 4, including three single family homes and one duplex. The Sprott way property was sold in 2016. Also we had a welcome mural designed by Blaine Frank painted in the church vestibule. In 2015, Antioch was blessed with an Associate Pastor, Min. Walt Huewitt. The family was a blessing before they moved away. The year 2020 was the year of the Covid – 19 Pandemic and church was online virtually from March until December. However, Antioch was still blessed in that we were able to purchase a new sanctuary laptop for services and install a security system for the church. Reverend Travis C. Coon resigned as pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church on December 31st 2020. In September 2021 Antioch called Reverend Verton Dean.
Currently, Antioch has one deacon, Deacon Albert Frank. The Deaconesses are Katrina Adams, Allegra Frank, and Shamina Frank. The Trustees are Blaine Frank, Mark Frank, Susie Huffman and Kathleen Coleman. For over 131 years, Antioch has found that trusting in God will allow us to have all our needs met through his riches in glory. Antioch cannot thank God enough for the wisdom he has bestowed upon us as we continue to trust in him for a blessed future. As we continue this Christian journey, let us pray that God continues to let us be on one accord with the Trinity, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Revised 9/2021 Abbreviated history
Pastor Elect - Reverend Verton Dean