Bringing Hope & Building Lives
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From the early beginning of the Christian Religion, the Lord has always given a revelation to men to act in accordance to his will in establishing the Church. In the late 1800’s, a light of God’s revelation was started in the heart’s of a little band of baptized believers to build a sanctuary of the Lord.
Through the years our church as experienced leadership of the ministry whose dedication and services were rendered for their Master. Among the Pastors were: Reverend Yance Beddingfield, Reverend Allen Baety, Reverend John Meals, Reverend John McKinney, Reverend John Howard, Reverend McDaniel, Reverend Robert Nance, Reverend A. B. Baety, Reverend Robert King, Reverend Sam Crutcher, Reverend Larry Lockett, Sr., Reverend Tommy Cook, Reverend Elijah Gray, III, Rev. Flip Ingram, Rev. R. L. King, and our current pastor Rev. Corey B. Thomas. Our current associate ministerial staff is as follows: Minister Rodney Malone, Minister Anthony Malone, Minister Mary Ann White, Minister Cynthia White, Minister James Beddingfield, Minister Lisa Beddingfield, Minister Billy White Sr., Minister Dorothy White, Minister Joyce Hunter and Minister Arthur Hunter.
We have been blessed to have many strong and faithful men to serve in the office of deacon. Our current deacon board consists of: Deacon Wade White, Deacon Dwight Maples, Deacon Bobby Pride, Deacon Galen White, Deacon Billy White, Jr. Deacon Calvin Fletcher and Deacon Eric White.
We have been blessed to have many strong and faithful women to serve in the office of mothers. Our mother board currently consists of: Mother Annie Mae Clemons, Mother Jacquline Davis, Mother Burdean Pride, Mother Marilyn Maples, Mother Dorothy Nelson, Mother Ida Malone, Mother Willie Dee Horton, and Mother Willie Mae White.
Yes, the foundation was laid over 130 years ago by a few faithful Christians who kept the faith. In Psalms 119: 90 it reads – – Thy faithfulness is unto all generations. And we too have a responsibility to carry on that faith to share God’s word until he comes again.
Corey B. Thomas
Pastor Corey B. Thomas was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on June 6, 1971. He entered the ministry at the age of 15 and began his ministerial training at the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. John H. James. Pastor Thomas served as Youth Minister, and as the Chaplain of the Citywide Youth Congress. At the age of fifteen years Pastor Thomas acknowledged his call into the preaching ministry and in April 1987, he became a licensed Minister.
After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1990, Thomas enlisted in the United States Army (Special Operations Command). During his 8 years military career, as E-6 promote-able he received several Meritorious Service awards for his outstanding military achievements in 1998 he received an honorable discharge. Pastor Thomas became the Youth Pastor and Youth Advisor at the Beulah Missionary Baptist Church while stationed in Savannah, Georgia in 1993. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology in May 1999 at Jacksonville Theological Seminary (Jacksonville, Florida) He was ordained through the Mt. Herman Missionary Baptist Association, Savannah, Ga. in February 1998. Under the leadership of Pastor Woodrow Kirby at Big Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church in Madison, Alabama he served as Associate Minister and assisted Pastor Kirby in administering the Ordinances of the Church, through pulpit, hospital and nursing home ministries. In 2000 Pastor Thomas became a volunteer Chaplain for Hospice Family Care.
Pastor Thomas was ordained into Primitive Baptist Church by the Mallard Creek Primitive Baptist Association in Sept. 2002. He was called to the pastorate at Bell P.B. Church in Decatur, Alabama where he served for 7 ½ years. During his tenure in the Mallard Creek Association, he served on many steering committees, and as Vice-Moderator of the Mallard Creek P. B. Association and a member of the Evangelistic Board of the Tri-State Convention of P. Baptist. He served as a Chaplain for the Decatur and Huntsville Police Department. In 2010, Pastor Thomas was elected as Senior Pastor of the New Beria Missionary Baptist Church in Elkmont, Alabama where he currently serves. He was honored with a key to the City of Athens by the Mayor for his love and commitment to his community and reaching out to inspire others. He served as Bible Instructor and Parliamentarian for The Round Island Creek Missionary Baptist Association. Pastor Thomas also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in November 2012 at Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri). He is also a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.