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 L. Dean, Sr. Pastor Dean is married to Catherine and they have 6 children and two grandchildren.
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, 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 Verton L. Dean, Sr.
A native of Coraopolis, PA, Verton Lanford Dean Sr. was born and raised fifth of six children into a home grounded in God. His
parents, the late Sarah Ann and the late Cleophus Dean Sr., have now gone home to be with the Lord. As a product of Cornell
High School’s 1977 graduating class, and moving on toward higher education, he always knew there was a call from the Lord in
his life to preach the Word and work within the ministry.
In 1981, Reverend Dean accepted the call to the ministry of preaching the gospel, licensed under the leadership and guidance of the late Pastor W.J. Moncrieff at the Coraopolis Church of God in Christ. In 1983, Minister Dean was ordained by the late Bishop G.E. Vaughn in the Church of God In Christ. Elder Dean continued his technical training in the Pittsburgh area to receive his first associates degree in electronics. During this time, Reverend Dean worked in his home church focusing on the youth, becoming president of a community ministry Youth for Christ, and a member of the Crusade Outreach Ministry. While working in the ministry, Reverend Verton L. Dean met and fell in love with Sister Catherine Marie West, a spirit-filled, drum-playing songbird. They were united in marriage by her late Pastor, Bishop J.E. Bass Sr., and the late Pastor W.J. Moncrieff. God began to bless them as one, and God’s anointing continuously followed them. Reverend Dean was then promoted as president of the Young People Willing Workers (YPWW) in his local church and within the Aliquippa District, gathering under the leadership of Pastor J. Watkins Sr. (District Superintendent).
In 1990, during the illness of his pastor, Reverend Dean played a major role in holding the church together. He began Saturday morning prayers, started a new convert members class, held revivals, continued joy nights, and worked with the YPWW in the absence of their leader. When Pastor Moncrieff regained his health, he dubbed Revered Dean with the highest honor by appointing him as his first administrative assistant. Reverend Dean and his wife Catherine worked together with the young people at the church and within the community, reaching teenagers with the Word of the Lord. They taught them how special they are, not to settle for less, how much God loves them, and that the only way to make it into heaven is through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God blessed those young people, and the seeds that were planted led many of them to Christ. God then began to open doors evangelistically for Reverend Dean. At times, God took him and his family out to many churches to minister the Word of the Lord in song, teaching, and preaching. This would lead Reverend Dean to evangelize at the Union Baptist Church of Monessen, PA while Pastor Spencer Harris Jr. was recuperating from a lengthy illness. On June 8, 2004, after serving at Union Baptist on scheduled Sundays for approximately one year, God’s decision was to place Reverend Dean at Union Baptist permanently. On November 27, 2005, one year into pastoring Union Baptist, Reverend Verton L. Dean Sr. was ordained and installed by the Ordination Council as a senior Baptist pastor.
The church improved and grew under his leadership, as numerous souls came to Christ and over forty baptisms took place under Pastor Dean’s call to Union Baptist Church. Many came, and some moved on, but Pastor Dean continued to stand steadfast in the Lord; spreading the gospel, encouraging, and inviting souls to find the Lord. Increase in the ministry consisted of senior choir membership, Bible study attendance, and trustee and usher board membership. After ten years of a void, the missionary board was also reassembled. An establishment of several youth auxiliaries, including the junior choir, was formed. Union Baptist also experienced and added increase in their property ownership between 2007-2009. Several lots were anonymously purchased and donated to the church, and four of the dwellings purchased by the church were demolished. This was all in preparation for the vision - God’s plan that Union would soon be blessed with a new parish while the merger of Fellowship Baptist Church of Monessen and Union Baptist Church of Monessen became one. Before his departure in December of 2012, Dean pastored Union Baptist Church of Monessen nine and a half diligent, committed years.
After National Cash Register ( NCR) and Shandon Lipshaw (his place of work as a technician for several years) changed state locations, Pastor Dean was employed by Westinghouse/Cutler Hammer, now named Eaton Electrical Corporation. He has been employed there for 23 years. He currently holds two certificates of training in ministry from the Mount Hope Bible Center and RHEMA Correspondence Bible School. Pastor Dean also holds two associates degrees in electronics technology.
Outside of the ministry and work, Pastor Dean is a fan of football, baseball, and basketball, which he played as a young man. He especially loves the Pittsburgh Steelers. It brings him much joy and he has loved to watch his own sons play ball on the field throughout high school and college. Pastor Dean enjoys spending time with his wife on their date nights, movie watching, their very own created trips, and eating her homemade cooking. Pastor Dean loves and enjoys all six of his children: Stacia (Stephen Dorsey) of Pittsburgh, PA - successful daycare owner/ multi-business owner, Ava (Rev. Julius Ralph II) of Atlanta, GA - successful multi-business owner, Verton Dean II (VJ) - supervisor at Eaton Electrical Corporation, Thomas - Eaton electrical employee, Ramone - junior at Edinboro University, and the last of the Dean Dynasty, Jeremiah - senior at the Moon Area High School. The talks with his two sons- in-law are priceless and can sometimes be full of humor. Pastor Dean has a lot of fun and plenty of memories to cherish with his two grandsons, Brandon Marshall-Lanford and Brody Marshall-Jordan Brock. The two of them, along with the family dogs, keep “Pap-Pap'' on his toes.
Pastor Verton Dean’s goal is to always please God first and reach as many souls as he possibly can through teaching the unadulterated Word of God. Pastor is a loving, understanding, peaceful, God fearing-spouse and a true man of God, as he believes with all of his heart. “He and his entire household shall serve the Lord.”