from the American Baptist Newspaper, Louisville, Kentucky
Funeral Services were held for Rev. Dr. John O. Crittenden, Sr., who went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Services were held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Eastern Star Baptist Church, Dr. Alex J. Moses, Sr., Officiating.
Rev. Crittenden was the son of the late Oliver and Zellie Crittenden. He was born in River Falls, Alabama on December 18, 1918. He accepted Christ at an early age and became a deacon at Eastern Star. He was called to the ministry in 1949 and ordained in 1950 at Eastern Star.
Rev. Crittenden served as pastor of five churches for over 65 years cumulative: Coopers Run Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Hodgenville; Kenwood Baptist Church; Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville; and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Rankin, Pennsylvania.
Rev. Crittenden attended Simmons Bible College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Science. He also received his Doctorate of Divinity degree. He was a member of the Central Baptist District Association. While in Pennsylvania he was elected Chairman of the Foreign Mission Board.
He is survived by his wife, Eddie Crittenden; daughters, Petilda O’Neal, Obea Patterson, Manetta Lemkheitir, and Phyllis Ritchie; sons, John Jr., David, and Norman Crittenden; sisters, brothers and other relatives and friends.
He was interred at Resthaven Memorial Park.
From the Detroit Free Press (www.freep.com):
On Sunday, Rev. Joseph Jordan preached about a principle that governed his life: the importance of faith.
It would be his last sermon.
Rev. Jordan, 77, pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church in Hamtramck for more than 40 years, died Monday. He was rushed to a hospital after collapsing at his home in Detroit, said friend Rev. Oscar King.
“He was the most charismatic, giving, influential, thought-provoking man who gave continuously and was never interested in having his own name lifted up into the limelight,” King said. “He touched and trained and nurtured young ministers and pastors all over the United States.”
Rev. Jordan was active in many Baptist and civic organizations. He was past president of the Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.
Rev. Jordan had previously served as a member of the Detroit Urban League and as a board member of the Hamtramck Chamber of Commerce.
Charlene Jones Mitchell, historian of Corinthian Baptist Church, said Rev. Jordan was born in Georgia and raised in Detroit. He received degrees from Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy and Drew University in Madison, N.J. He was a licensed master electrician.
Mitchell said Rev. Jordan, a father and grandfather, was well-loved by people within and outside of his congregation. A portion of Caniff in Hamtramck was named after him, she said.
In 1957, Rev. Jordan married Bobbie Drake.
King, pastor of Northwest Unity Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, called Rev. Jordan his spiritual father.
“He wasn’t just a minister. He was a renaissance man,” King said. “He was very interested in being a voice for the voiceless.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
by Robert Earl Houston
I love the Lord with all my heart. And I am a sports enthusiast (not a fan, which is the abbreviated form of the word “fanatic”). Every Sunday I worship the Lord, pay my tithes and daily I pray and read the Word of God. Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer are sports that I follow, honestly, from afar. I’m not one of those people who can ring out the starting 5 or 11 or 9 for a team. But I do enjoy the drama of sports.
I thought that this year’s game would be epic. The all-defense Seattle Seahawks versus the all-offense Denver Broncos. Unfortunately it was a blow-out and Seattle ran over the Broncos 43 to 8.
But was disturbing were the emails and Facebook posting where men of God prophesied about the game. Not predicted. Prophesied. There is a difference from making an educated guess (prediction) against the backdrop of a God-uttered or God-breathed prophesy (concerning the future).
I am afraid that in our pursuit of “going to the next level” that we have misguided ministers who are seeming to marry personal prediction and God’s authoritative will. It’s a disastrous train-wreck.
God is not tipping the scales of a sporting event. I don’t believe that God is “for” or “against” a football team. He has His disciples on both sides of the ball. I’m sure that Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson both prayed before the game. I’m sure that the chaplains for the Broncos and the Seahawks prayed the success and safety of their teams. I just don’t think God put His finger on the scale and heavily tip it against the Broncos.
It is incredible to think that a few days before the game any minister would film or broadcast a “lock” on the game. To use the words, “you can take this to the bank” or “God told me to tell you” is insidious and it makes you not a “smarter” or “bigger” or “greater prophet” it transform you into a wolf in sheep’s clothing pouncing upon the minds and spirits of the Sheep of God’s Pasture.
We’re gone into a church age of recognizing gifts TO THE BODY of Christ. I have no problem with the gifts, but when they are used to say what God has not said or to prophesy what God has not uttered is an affront to the Word of God and is an embarrassment to the church community at large.
In the Old Testament and New Testament ages, when a prophet delivered a false prophecy he was stoned. However, I suspect that these false prophets will add an addendum to their prophecies to protect their ungodly behavior.
I’m becoming more convinced that people who use “The Lord told me to tell you” has to be on some kind of self-producing “word.” When I was single, there were those who heard voices too. I’ve seen pastoral candidates who said “The Lord told me” only to blame biased pulpit committees for their losing to another (in some cases) less qualified candidates.
Why do we have the Holy Spirit if we need a third-party intervention? A few years ago I watched a “prophet” minister in a stadium full of black people and said “The Spirit of the Lord has told me that there are those in this cloud that have diabetes.” You don’t need a spiritual gift to figure out that if you’re in a room of 20,000 black people that somebody has diabetes. Duh . . .
I have yet to find a passage where God promised a victory to a sports team. Individuals – yes. Groups of people – yes. Jesus – absolutely yes. But to go out on a limb and say that God has ordained that the Broncos will win and it’s a lock – you become prophets who need to seriously consider retirement or the Body of Christ needs to issue you a layoff notice.
YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME
by Robert Earl Houston
This year I’m trying to see all of the Academy Award Nominated films. So far I’ve seen Lee Daniels’ The Butler; American Hustle; Captain Phillips; Gravity; 12 Years a Slave; and Nebraska. I’ve yet to see Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Philomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.
In a very good movie, Nebraska, there is a scene that sticks with me. In the movie and elder father thinks that he has won a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes. He is determined to leave from his home in Montana (if foot by necessary) and is aided by his sons and, reluctantly, his wife. His younger son, sensing that his father doesn’t have long to live, drives him from Montana to Nebraska, a trip that should have taken less than 8 hours. However, due to his father’s drinking and injury which required hospitalization, it took 2 or 3 days for an 8 hour trip, not to his destination, but to his small hometown where his siblings and family members live. During the sit down (to watch TV, a family tradition) his brother’s sons ask his son “How long did it take you to get here?” They knew it only took hours and he said “two days” and they started laughing.
That stuck with me because in a few days I’ll be celebrating being called to this church 5 years ago and I’m celebrating this years 36 years in ministry. I have been blessed tremendously – but it wasn’t overnight. It took time.
Unfortunately in this generation, everything is on fast, quick and in a hurry. The self-imposed timetables that we as pastors place upon our work can be deceiving and frustrating. We point at pastors who have mega-churches and mega-situations and we are determined to replicate what God is doing in somebody’s ministry – not understanding that in order to get where that pastor is at, you may have to visit some painful places, tragic circumstances and hellish scenarios.
A few weeks ago a young minister told me, “Pastor Houston, I want to be like you.” I was flattered and then I told him, “Go through cancer, go through trouble, get lied on and talked about, suffer some painful situations, get sick without any insurance, and oh yeah, go through church trouble and you’ll be just like me.” You should have seen the look on his face.
I believe that ministry is not some 100 yard dash. It’s a marathon. Some of us have been on the track for 35, 45, 55, 65 and even 75 years and if we all be honest, we haven’t seen it all and each experience is going to be different. I remember talking with a pastor who wrestled with his call and for the first 30 years of his ministry his congregation numbered less than 50 and all of a sudden, the Church grew into a thriving congregation of 2,000. He said “I was eager, but I wasn’t ready. God had to show me that I’m on His timetable and not mine.”
The truth of the matter is that my first 30 years of ministry prepared me for my current ministry. I have a wonderful congregation and I’ve learned how to pastor with a steady hand, loving heart and open spirit. I’m now in the age of being called upon by other pastors for advice. I’ve been able to create a fellowship and dialogue with many of our local elected officials and this afternoon I’ll have the privilege of offering prayer to open this afternoon’s session of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate.
But it wasn’t overnight. I have pastored four congregations (and served on pastoral staff at one) since 1989 and full-time since 1991. It’s been a journey. I admit there were low points and high peaks. However, this journey is not given to the strong, nor the swift, but to the one who endures to the end.
For those pastors who are trying and trying and working and working and praying and praying. Keep at it! Bring your best to the pulpit – even if you have more pews than people. Even during moments of anxiety and frustration, bring your best, share your heart, be there for the people. Don’t look for the “next move” – be faithful in wherever the Lord has planted you in this season – if there’s a move it’s better to let God do it than you create it.
YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME
We are saddened to report on the death of the Reverend Otis B. Byrd, Jr., pastor of the God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church of Atlanta, GA, who tragically went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2014 as a result of violence.
The following is a report from a local news source:
An Atlanta pastor was found stabbed to death over the weekend.
The Rev. Otis Byrd Sr.’s body was found around noon Sunday, according to police, after he failed to show up for church. Police were called to Byrd’s home in the 600 block of Finley Avenue in Atlanta, after church members went to check on him, according to Officer John Chafee with the Atlanta Police Department.
Byrd was a pastor at God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church. The church is located on Memorial Drive in northwest Atlanta, according to the AJC.
Friends and family were saddened by the heinous crime. “He could really preach and he did so without a piece of paper in his hand,” said Earl Hutchinson of his friend of over 20 years. “He was just an undiscovered talent. Never a foul word. Not ever. Not one time. He was just a good person. He was trying to build something.”
Police are still investigating Byrd’s death and no arrests have been made, according to the Atlanta police.
PLEASE keep the Byrd Family and the God’s Anointed Church Family in your prayers.
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York And Vicinity
Greetings Dear Brethren, Sisters, Fellow Ministers, Neighbors and Friends.
The Services for President Rev. Dr. Shellie Sampson, Jr is as follows:
Date: January 23, 2014
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Date: January 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm to 8pm
Home going Service:
Date: Friday- January 24, 2014
Time: 9am to 12 Noon
Location: All Services to be held at Pastor Sampson’s Church
The Thessalonia Baptist Church
951 Rev. James A. Polite Avenue
Bronx, NY 10459
All cards, flowers and condolences are to be sent to the attention of Sister DeLorenzo Sampson
Church Phone: 718-542-0828
Respectfully Submitted on behalf of The Baptist Ministers’ Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity
From his church’s website:
Rev. Dr. Shellie Sampson Jr.
The Reverend Dr. Shellie Sampson, Jr. is a native of Newark, New Jersey. He has resided in New York state since 1982. Dr. Sampson has been the Pastor of the Thessalonia Baptist Church since 1982 and in ministry for over 30 years. In addition to being an anointed and revelatory teacher and preacher, he is also a gifted pianist and Christian Education author.
· Construction of Thessalonia Cultural Community Center (seven million dollar facility)
· Co- Founded the Thessalonia Elementary Academy with his wife Deloranzo Sampson
· Established the Thessalonia Institute of Education
· Orchestrated internal & external renovations of the Church building
· Weekly Radio Broadcast
· Enhanced church outreach programs including: Senior Programs, Feeding of the Homeless, Adult Education
Programs, Annual Children’s Street Fair and much more
· Recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and participation in community development
· President of the Thessalonia Institute of Religion
· CEO of the Thessalonia Cultural Community Center
· Theme Book Commission and National Congress of Christian Education
· Detergent Control Chemist, Thesbald Industries
· Food Chemist and Microbiologist, Best Foods International
· Technical Supervisor in Packaging Engineering — Quality Control, Anheuser Bush
· President of the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Greater New York vicinity
· Pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church of Montclair, New Jersey
· Headmaster of the Convent Avenue Academy
· President of Northern Baptist School of Religion, New Jersey
· President of the Shiloh Baptist Association Congress of New Jersey
· President of the Baptist Bible College of Newark (formerly Northern University)
· Guest Instructor: Eastern Baptist Association College Seminary Extension (formally Northern Baptist University);
New York Commissioner of Civil Rights in the town of Montclair, New Jersey
· Executive Director of the Baptist Educational Center of New York
· Guest Lecturer: Drew University School of Theology
· A founding member of the South Bronx Churches Organization – Nehemiah Houses in the Bronx, New York
· NYC Religious Education Academic Foreign Studies Tours: WCC Geneva, Switzerland;
Gregorian University, Rome; Hebrew University, Israel
Central High School N.J. — Highest Honors in Science, History, Music, and Distance Running
Bachelor of Arts in National Science- Rutgers University, New Jersey
Graduate Certificate in Science - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Masters of Divinity - Drew University, New Jersey
Doctor of Ministry in Church Education - Drew University, New Jersey
PhD Urban Education & Psychology, Temple University
Advanced Human Development Studies - Princeton Theological Seminary
Doctoral Studies - New York University, New York
Honorary Doctorate of Law for Community Development -Virginia University, Lynchburg, Virginia
Superior Leadership in Challenging Situations
Effective Techniques in Abuse Ministry
Handbook for Youth Education
Articles published locally, regionally, and nationally
Dr. Sampson is married to Deloranzo Sampson, Headmistress of the Thessalonia Academy and Veteran of the United States Air Force.
Vacant Church: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Colorado Springs, CO (Deadline: March 15, 2014)
The Pulpit Search Committee, representing Friendship Missionary Baptist Church located in Colorado Springs, CO is seeking a F/T Senior Pastor. We are seeking a Pastor who will preach the unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ, teach sound Baptist doctrine, engage in pastoral care ministries and provide spiritual leadership, development and training to the church body. Deacons, Trustees, Associate Ministers, Church Leadership members and the church members. The Senior Pastor will be responsible for the overall leadership of the day-to-day operations of the church, services, membership and promoting the spiritual interest and growth of the church.
What is needed to apply:
Current resume-include contact information for employment supervisor
Copy of Certification of license and ordination
Copy of Degree(s)
Two personal reference and Three professional letters of reference
DVD or videotape or recording of two recent sermon within last twelve months
Please submit the above only to:
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Pulpit Committee
ATTN: Committee Chair-Deacon. William Tompkins
425 Fleming Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
All application packets must be postmarked or received by March 15, 2014. Any application packet postmarked after that date will not be considered. NOTE: Missing information mu result in automatic disqualification. Final candidates must consent to a reference check and a full background check. These will be performed by an outside agency for complete confidentiality. All information presented will be treated as “Confidential” and For Offical Use Only. The Pastoral Pulpit Committee will acknowledge receipt of all time submitted application packets.
Southern Missionary Baptist Church
P.O. Box 13
Syracuse, New York 13207
The Southern Missionary Baptist Church located in Syracuse, New York is in search of a Pastor. Our purpose is to win souls for Jesus Christ by teaching, growing and making disciples for the building of God Kingdom. One of our primary focal point is to enhance our mission meadow. We are in search of a candidate that the Lord God Almighty has preordained and predestined for Southern Missionary Baptist Church. If the spirit of God is directing your heart in this direction, please carefully examine our posting with prayerful thoughtfulness to your response.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
The ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, inspirational, and spirit-filled sermons.
Competence in leadership and management, communications (oral and written) strong interpersonal skills.
A vision for growing church membership which is rooted in the Word of God.
The heart/passion for Christian education, discipleship, evangelism, and the ability to provide strong bible-based teaching and study that is relevant, engaging and understandable. Sunday School and Bible Study
A strong commitment to providing ongoing discipleship training for ministry leaders including deacons, trustees, and associate ministers.
A commitment to growing, encouraging, and nurturing the spiritual development of children, youth, young adults and families within the congregation.
Exceptional standards of personal character, ethics and integrity.
A strong commitment to denominational affiliations including local district, state, and national relationships.
The model candidate for this position must hold a theological degree from an accredited university. Personal character and financial standing must be above reproach both inside and outside church.
Interested and qualified candidates please submit:
1. Current resume that includes a summary of relevant ministry, professional, and educational experience.
2. Copy of ministerial license and ordination certificate.
3. Copy of degree(s) (certified copy maybe requested at a later date).
All information submitted will be treated as “confidential”. Additional information may be requested and/ or required.
Pulpit Search Committee
Southern Missionary Baptist Church
PO Box 13
Syracuse, NY 13207
Deadline for application acceptance is April 15, 2014.
WHITE OAK SPRING MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
P.O. Box 1570 Winder, Georgia 30680
(770) 867-6531 office (770) 867-5972 fax Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Search Announcement
Opening Date: January 17, 2014
Closing Date: March 17, 2014
WOSMBC is presently accepting applications for the position of Senior Pastor. We are a church family that is bible-based and holy-spirit lead to carry out the great commission as given to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The candidate must have Pastoral qualities based on I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
The minimum qualifications are:
An ordained minister holding to Missionary Baptist teachings
Senior Pastor experience desired
A servant leader and an effective communicator as well as a community activist
Ability to build and oversee church ministries
Must be in full agreement with WOSMBC By-Laws and policies
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Must have seminary training
Interested candidates must submit an initial application comprised of the items listed below. All information provided will be shredded and/or discarded after deliberation and when the Pastoral search is completed.
Current Resume (including email address and contact telephone numbers)
Statement of Faith
Submit two (2) personal references and three (3) professional (minister/pastor) letters of reference
Copy of Ministerial License and Certificate of OrdinationWHITE OAK SPRING MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Verification of completion of degree (s) (undergraduate and/or graduate), including official transcripts
Proof of theology training, degree(s), and church and community involvement
Videotapes and/or DVD’s of recent sermons, theological education seminars or sessions within the last 12 months may be requested at a later date.
Submit all correspondence to
White Oak Spring Missionary Baptist Church
C/o Pastoral Search Committee
P.O. Box 1570
Winder, Georgia 30680
The candidate application package must be postmarked by March 17, 2014. Any package postmarked after that date will be destroyed without consideration. Please no telephone calls, emails or faxes to the White Oak Spring Missionary Baptist Church office or to any member of the Pastoral Search Committee. Partial applications will not be accepted. For a blank application and more information about our church please visit our website at http://www.whiteoakspringmbc.com . The Pastor Job Application can be found under the Jobs tab in the “Quick Links” area at the top of the web page.
The Pastoral Search Committee will acknowledge receipt of all requested items by letter notification. All information will be treated as confidential. Final candidates must consent to a criminal background check, credit and financial history review and provide other information as requested by the committee (background checks will be performed by an outside agency for complete confidentiality.)
Thank you for your interest in our pastoral position. WHITE OAK SPRING MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Please see the link below for information and application: