Although the Ebenezer congregation moved to a larger, more modern church across the street in , they held a special service Thursday night. It was to honor their th year. The National Park Service keeps the doors open seven days a week. Groups that want to use the church will have to request a special permit, said Judy Forte, the superintendent.
At the time of purchase the land consisted of 1 acre in boundaries. As years past and the congregation continued to grow, the church became in need of much repair.
It was decided during a church conference to build a third church. This new church would be larger and include a balcony. The cornerstone of the third Ebenezer was laid on July 2, She reflected on how the couple met and how their relationship progressed.
Former president George W. But rather than becoming a preacher, his life diverted to civil rights as his divine calling and praised his heroism as both a civil rights activist and as a congressman.
Afterward, former president Bill Clinton followed Bush. Both Clinton and Bush were followed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , who remembered her friendship with Lewis noting that he "always talked about truth marching on. Former Pres. Bill Clinton on John Lewis: "He was after all a human being. A man like all other humans, born with strengths that he made the most of when many don't. Born with weaknesses that he worked hard to beat down when many can't. Berniece King , daughter of Rev. Martin Luther King offered the invocation for the ceremony, contining to encourage Lewis' mantra of getting into "good trouble" and calling the late congressman a "non-violent" warrior.
Bernice King honors the late John Lewis at his funeral: "We honor the life of this non violent warrior John Lewis as the funeral procession got underway. One second for each year of his life. More dignitaries including former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Willie L. Gladney was called and began his pastorship at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Steadfast in his eagerness to fulfill the duties of a Christian leader, Rev. Gladney continued to move the church forward.
Several programs were re-established and new programs were implemented. The membership increased to the extent that Sunday worship services changed from its previous format to the first, second, third, and fifth Sundays of each month at 11 o'clock. The fourth Sunday Worship service was later included. The first Sunday Youth Devotion was implemented. The physical facilities of the church were expanded and remodeled including a baptistery, a pastor's study, new bathroom facilities for men and women, a fellowship hall which can be converted into three classrooms, a kitchen, a ladies lounge, and central air conditioning in the old and new structure.
Under Rev. Gladney's leadership, the sanctuary pews were cushioned; a steeple was placed on the top of the church; a two car-receiving porch was built; and the parking area was paved; handicap ramps in the front and rear entrance of the church were built; and new bathroom facilities for men and women were added in the Vestibule. A Kitchen Committee was formed to coordinate fellowship meals. New choir robes were purchased for the Senior and Gospel Choirs.
A new piano and organ enhanced the music department. A monthly Monday night Bible Study began under the leadership of Rev. Church students were recognized and received scholarship awards from the Ebenezer Baptist Church Scholarship Fund. A church directory was published and water fountains were installed. There were four new deacons ordained on November 16, and five new trustees appointed. Gladney's leadership, Rev. James Rudd, Rev. Frank Blount, and Rev. Jones resigned as pastor in June of The membership had grown to three hundred twenty-five members.
George B. Howard, from Charleston, West Virginia, was installed in October of He served for four years, baptizing two hundred-fifty souls increasing the membership to six hundred. The Church debt was reduced from twenty-three thousand dollars to twelve thousand dollars. Howard resigned on November 25, He was very conservative in his dealings with the congregation.
His pastorate lasted one year. Brown, from Roanoke, Virginia, was installed as pastor in June of The church mortgage was burned in During his pastorate, the church became educationally grounded and aided many young people through school, adopting the Virginia Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia as its star educational endeavor. Foreign Mission became an intricate part of Ebenezer sending Rev. James E. East, the only convert of a revival during the pastorate of Rev. Howard, to the Foreign Mission field.
Ebenezer was the first Negro Baptist Church in America to pay the salary of a Missionary to any foreign field. The James E. East Missionary Society was named after Rev. This group was led by Mrs. The membership under Rev. Brown increased from seven hundred seventy-two to fifteen hundred.
The church purchased the property on Wylie Avenue the site of the old Ebenezer church that burned in March of from the Tenth United Presbyterian Church for a cost of thirty six thousand dollars.
Another contribution of Christian service was offered to the Beulah Baptist Church during its period of financial difficulties. Brown resigned in after serving as pastor for twelve years. During this time, the steel mills and industrial plants flourished and people, especially Southerners, were attracted to Pittsburgh. Austin accepted the challenge and opportunity to increase the church membership due to his creative preaching and civic leadership. He added hundreds to church rolls and the membership steadily increased to over two thousand members.Apr 22, · Inside the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church — the place where Martin Luther King Jr. was both baptized and eulogized — a new, meticulous .