What We Believe
Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church ascribes to the following Articles of Faith.
Articles of Faith
I. The Scriptures.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
II. The True GOD.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
III. The Fall of Man.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.
In 1945, Reverend Hurley L. Long and Deacon Floyd Price met to organize a spiritual headquarters for God. After this initial meeting, they met with Sisters Thomies Lawrence, Georgia Long, Dora Marshall, Julia Murray and Elnora Thomas and established the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (SFMBC).
Under Pastor Long’s leadership the Deacon and Deaconess Boards, Pastor’s Aide, Senior Choir, Senior Usher Board, Sunday School Department and Trustee Board were organized.
In 1952, Pastor Long relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where he served as pastor of the Mt. Hebrew Baptist Church until his death. Soon after Pastor Long’s departure, Reverend Lewis J. McIlwain was chosen as acting pastor of SFMBC. The church was incorporated in 1954.
Reverend Lewis J. McIlwain was ordained in 1953 and became the second pastor of the SFMBC. In 1954 the congregation agreed to buy the property at 935 5th Street, NE. Under Reverend McIlwain, the The Building Fund, Missionary Society and Nurses Unit were established. Deacons who served under Pastor McIlwain were Joe Butler, Ernest Crawford, Pheo Gaither, John Jamison, Floyd Price and Gus Walton. The trustees were David Cato, Noneva Hall, Sam Jones and Zadie (Seawright) Pledger. Sister Thomies Lawrence became the first mother of the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
In 1963, while on vacation, Pastor McIlwain was called home to be with the Lord. At the time of his passing, Pastor McIlwain had placed Minister Colon Johnson in charge.
Reverend Colon Johnson was acting pastor of the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church until the church ordained him in March 1964. Under Pastor Johnson’s leadership the membership grew to approximately 300. Pastor Johnson organized the following groups: The Male Chorus, Willing Workers, the Beautification Committee, Flower Club, Hospitality Committee, Intermediate Usher Board, Junior Deacon Board, Junior Usher Board and Pee Wee Usher Board.
In 1969, Pastor Johnson initiated a program that was approved by the membership to burn the $27,500 mortgage at the 1512 K Street location. In October 1971, the church moved to 2600 Minnesota Avenue, S.E. Eight years later in October 1979, God blessed SFMBC to burn the $80,088.47 mortgage. On January 27, 1986, Pastor Johnson was called home to be with the Lord.
In 1986, when the church was without a pastor, Willie L. Mungo, the Chairman of the Deacon Board assumed the leadership of the church. The church continued to prosper under the leadership of Deacon Mungo and the Deacon Board; the Trustee Board and its chairman, Samuel Mingo, Jr. with the assistance of Reverends Jasper Chamberlain and Braxton Williams.
In January 1988 the church elected Reverend Welton Fields, Jr., as the fourth pastor of the SFMBC.
Reverend Doctor Welton Fields, Jr.
In 1988, God blessed Southern Friendship with His chosen Shepherd, the Reverend Doctor Welton Fields, Jr. Under Pastor Fields’ leadership, many changes have been implemented. Ministries were put in place, including: New Member’s Class, Outreach and Family Services, Wednesday Bible Ministry and the Prayer Conference call.
Pastor Fields has licensed and/or ordained many into the ministry. Several Deacons and Deaconess have been ordained under his Pastorate.
Under Pastor’s leadership, SFMBC continues to expand and reach out to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. God has shown Pastor Fields a great vision for SFMBC and he has moved to further these visions.
In July 2002, the current church edifice in Temple Hills, Maryland was purchased. Consisting of 94,000 square feet of interior space.
Pastor Fields leads the effort to reach out to the business community in efforts of mutual support. Under his vision, the membership of SFMBC continues growing.
As God continues to lead and guide His Shepherd, according to His will and His time, we will continue to step forward knowing that God said “Upon this rock, I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
— Pastor Fields
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