“Our church family has endured hills and valleys, sunshine and storms but through it all, we have learned to lean and depend on our Lord and to be forever grateful for His grace and mercy towards us.”
On April 11, 1976, a group of committed Christians met at the home of the late Sis. Lillian Johnson to discuss the formation of a church. The group was led by the late Rev. Walter A. Duncan and Bro. Babe Hughes. Subsequent meetings were held in the homes of Bro. & Sis William Vicks, Bro. & Sis. Nathaniel H. Reed and Rev. & Sis. Walter Duncan. The group was divinely led and the numbers grew rapidly. They realized that they were enjoying the “fellowship” as they grew spiritually. It was during the meeting at the Vicks’ home that Rev. Duncan suggested the name “Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church”. The group agreed.
The church was sanctioned on May 7, 1976 at the Duncans’ home by the First District Missionary Baptist Association, under the leadership of the late Dr. Paul Walker Raphael, President, the late Dr. Halley Moses Willis, Executive Secretary, and the late Dr. Joseph Henry, Executive Board Member.
Romans 10:13-14 read:“For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they call on Him in whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God’s laborers were directed to send a letter of consideration to Rev. Moses S. Gordon, II requesting his pastorship of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.
The Claiborne-Jones Temple, located at 8708 Willow Street, became the temporary home of the Fellowship family from May 1976 to August 1977. In addition, the First African Baptist Church, pastored by the late Dr. C.S. Gordon, Sr., opened its doors to us for baptismal services and meetings. The first worship service at Fellowship was held on Mother’s Day, May 9, 1976, with the Rev. Walter A. Duncan presiding. Rev. Moses S. Gordon II delivered the “spoken word” for this inaugural event.
Jeremiah 3:16 says “and I will give you pastors according to mine hear, which shall feed you with knowledge and understand.”
The Fellowship family always worked together in a unified spirit, seeking and serving faithfully as they sought God’s guidance prayerfully in the selection of their spiritual leader. As he was led by the Holy Spirit, Rev. Gordon responded with a letter of acceptance to become Shepherd of our flock. Under the inspired leadership of Pastor Gordon, God has richly and wonderfully blessed us with both spiritual and financial growth. For 37 years we have experienced unprecedented growth as souls were added by Christian experience and baptism.
“The lord added to the church such souls as should be saved.” Acts 2:47b.
Our financial progress included the purchase of our first permanent edifice, located at 2801 & 2809 General Taylor Street in New Orleans, LA, in July 1977. Another milestone was reached with the Note Burning Service held on May 28, 1983. Continuing to move forward in God’s name, He enabled us to purchase and renovate the sanctuary located at 2101 Prytania Street in the historic Garden District of New Orleans. During our years of service, Christians have labored for the Master
in a number of Auxiliaries.
In August of 2005, the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church faced a critical juncture in its illustrious history with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. As a result of this earth shaking event, families were separated, homes were lost, members had to relocate and our church sustained serious damage. With the remaining members, adjustments and sacrifices had to be made. Our services were being conducted at First African Baptist Church – 6th District under the leadership and generosity of Rev. Moses. S. Gordon, III. Sunday School was replaced with Church School one night a week. Ushers Boards and choirs were combined. To enable us to continue to share our manifold blessings and minister God’s Word to those unable to attend church Media Ministry was enhanced.
Still Moving Forward
We faced yet another challenge when the sanctuary on Prytania burned. Nevertheless, we do not dwell on our losses because we are soldiers in God’s army and we realize that His will and purpose for our lives will reign supreme. Our church family spent the years following Hurricane Katrina in deep prayer and fasting as we prepared for and watched the construction of our new edifice. We have much for which to be thankful.
2013 – The Year of Victory!
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world,[even] our faith.
On August 4, 2013 The Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church will move into its newly constructed church edifice at 2805 General Taylor Street, New Orleans, LA. Ironically, this is the location where the first FMBC was located 37 years ago. We will come full circle by returning to a community for which we have an affinity, one in which we are familiar and one where the Lord has led us to administer spiritual nourishment.