Homegoing of a Saint – Rev. Malachi C. Duncan, Union, SC

December 16, 1920 – October 9, 2015

Reverend Malachi C. Duncan, 94, of 692 Bailey Road Union, SC entered eternal rest Friday morning, October 9, 2015 at his residence. A native of Buffalo in Union County, SC, he was the widower of Jessie Mae Stewart Duncan and son of the late Reverend Allen D. Duncan, Sr. and Lucy Robinson Duncan.

He was preceded in death by his ten siblings, Charlie Duncan, Annie Bell Wright, Ezra Duncan, Rev. Robert Duncan, Rev. Allen Duncan, Jr., Elnora Kennedy, Titus Duncan, Rev. Aubrey Duncan, Rev. Lawrence Duncan, and James Duncan. He leaves a legacy of love and devoted service to his beloved family: one son, Melvin Carl (Patricia) Duncan; three daughters, Doris Duncan (Joseph) Davis, Barbara Duncan Christie, and Harriett Duncan (the late Edward) Harris; six grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Reverend Duncan’s preparation for life’s vocation was clearly influenced by his father’s preaching and his mother’s singing. The effect of such influence served as a fountain for his deep abiding faith, his constant and secret life of communion with God. An army veteran having served three years, Reverend Duncan assisted the chaplain in the Armed Forces by reading and writing letters for his army buddies. He became known as “The Preacher” of his company. He accepted the call to the gospel ministry in 1944 and was licensed to preach at the Woodson Chapel Baptist Church, Union, SC, by the Reverend A. A. Townsend in 1946. Reverend Duncan accepted his first pastorate in 1947, serving at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chester, SC. Reverend Duncan graduated from Sims High School in Union, SC. He attended Benedict College from 1947-1951 and earned the AB Degree. In 1952 he received the Bachelor of Divinity Degree from J.J. Starks School of Theology at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He also attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC and USC-Columbia. After completing his degree at Benedict College, he taught social studies at Sims High School and Sims Jr. High for twenty years (1960-1981). He was blessed and privileged to pastor several churches in SC and NC, which included, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Leeds, SC, Old Wilson Baptist Church, Chester, SC, Saint Paul Baptist, Orangeburg, SC, Saint Paul Baptist, Winnsboro, White Plains Baptist Church, Laurens, SC, Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC, New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Gaffney, SC, New Ellis Chapel Baptist Church, Shelby, NC, New Trinity Baptist Church, Wellford, SC, Long Branch Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, and Foster Baptist Church, Roebuck, SC. He retired from Old Beaverdam, Newberry, SC after serving twelve years. Reverend Duncan’s affiliations were many: Masonic Lodge #34, Union, SC; lifetime member of NAACP, member of United Ministers for Christ, SC; Fellowship Ministers Association, Union, SC; member of the National Baptist Convention of America: Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of SC; and past Moderator of the Tyger River Baptist Association of Spartanburg, SC. He received the SC House of Representatives Living Legend Award in 2008.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Saint Luke Baptist Church, 718 Lukesville Road, Buffalo, SC. Burial with military honors will follow in the Woodson Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, 1447 Meansville Road, Union, SC. The family will receive friends at the Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, 361 Meansville, Union, SC from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.michaelaglennfh.com. The Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home is serving the family.

Homegoing of a Saint – Pastor Wendell F. McGinnis, Berlin, NJ


Vacant Pulpit: Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, Washington, DC (Deadline: December 15, 2015)

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
4606 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20011

Position: Senior Pastor

Denomination: Baptist

Church Size: Over 500

Compensation: A negotiable, full-time compensation package.

The Pulpit Search Committee will treat any and all information confidentially.

To Apply:
Please submit the completed application along with the following:
• Resume
• Personal statement of faith
• Personal bio
• Proof of theological training
• Proof of license by a certified Baptist Association or recognized affiliate
• Proof of any other degrees and certificates
• A recent headshot
• DVD/video link preaching 2 different sermons
• DVD/video link teaching a Bible Study Class, if available
• At least one name for each of the following type of references:
o Church reference
o Personal reference
o Professional Reference

Your application may be sent to the address below or via e-mail to

Pulpit Search Committee
Nineteenth Street Baptist Church
P.O. Box 7636
Silver Spring, MD 20907

All responses must be postmarked or received by 11:59pm on December 15, 2015.

Homegoing of a Saint: Rev. Beresford Bailey, Albany, New York

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The Rev. Beresford Bailey, a Baptist pastor who brought to the embattled neighborhood of West Hill spiritual sustenance and a dose of hopefulness delivered in a lilting Jamaican accent, died Monday at his Colonie home after an extended struggle with dementia. He was 86.

Bailey came to Albany in 1970 to take a job as executive director of Camp Opportunities, located at Lawson Lake in Feura Bush. He held the post for 39 years and introduced two generations of inner-city young people to the pleasures of the outdoors in rural Albany County.

In 1982, Beresford founded the Star of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church on Clinton Avenue in West Hill. He retired from the pulpit in June and was honored with a resolution by the Common Council, among several honors for his community activism.

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Vacant Pulpit: Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC (Deadline: November 10, 2015)

Charlotte, North Carolina- Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church SENIOR PASTOR VACANCY

Candidates must be spirit filled and guided. Candidates’ personal character and financial standing

must be above reproach both inside and outside the church. A Masters of Divinity degree from an accredited Theological Seminary is required, with at least five (5) years of senior level pastoral expe- rience. Candidate must also be licensed and ordained in the Baptist church.

Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to prepare and deliver biblically sound, stimulating, inspirational and spirit-filled sermons; must have skills for bible-based teaching; should possess strong interpersonal skills; and should be approachable and demonstrate inclusiveness for all seg- ments within the congregation.

The successful candidate will have a vision for growing church membership that is both educated in the word of God and strong in relationship with Christ, energetic, perceptive, commitment and expe- rience for increasing the numbers and spiritual development of youth and young adults in the con- gregation. Candidates must be open to new ideas, proficient in business administration practices and in the use of technology. Must have a proven record as a skilled administrator and manager of church staff and programs. The successful candidate will have an unwavering commitment to Chris- tian Education, Sunday School, and a zeal for missions and evangelism.

How to Apply

Required Documents

All interested internal and external qualified persons must submit an initial Candidate Package consisting of the following information:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.


A letter of interest.

A completed application (a blank application can be found at : http://gmsbc.org/pastoral-searchapplication.html .

A current resume which includes summary of relevant ministry professional and educational experiences.

Copies of ministerial license, ordination certificate and copies of degrees.

One (1) sermon – a DVD (preferred) and/or CD recording of a recent sermon, or provide the internet address if the sermon is available via the internet.

A signed copy of the release of information form found at: http://gmsbc.org/pastoral-searchapplication.html

Submit the composite Candidate Package by mail to:

Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Attn: Pastoral Search Committee
P. O. Box 667819
Charlotte, North Carolina 28266-7819

The deadline for all information to be postmarked or submitted is November 10, 2015. Any Candidate Package postmarked after the deadline date will not be considered.

NOTE: Missing information may result in the automatic disqualification. Final candidates will be notified and asked to provide additional information later in the selection process. Final candidates must consent to a reference check, a crimi- nal history background check, a drug test, and a credit report (performed through outside agencies for complete confiden- tiality).

Vacant Pulpit: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX (Deadline November 8, 2015)

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Pastoral Search Committee Announcement
Application Deadline November 8, 2015


Education:     Seminary Master’s Degree
Experience:    4-7 years as Pastor or Pastor’s Assistant

Ministry Priorities:

  • A saved, sanctified Holy Ghost filled believer
  • Administrator
  • A gifted teacher who enable persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths
  • A person that emphasizes discipleship and spiritual growth
  • A person who emphasizes the importance of strong families
  • A person with leadership vision and a well developed vision for the Church’s future growth
  • An effective communicator of well prepared sermons
  • A skilled counselor available to assist with personal and spiritual problems
  • A person who communicates well with youth
  • A nurturing leader who grows and helps others to grow


The Pastor is accountable to the church congregation. The Pastor’s responsibilities include preaching, teaching, pastoral counseling, performing weddings, funerals, baptisms, planning and guiding the Church to grow and fulfill its purpose as set forth in Matthew 28:18-20.


The Pastor shall have in his care the spiritual and moral welfare of the Congregation. The Pastor shall preach the Gospel, support the doctrine of the Church, administer the ordinances and watch over the membership. The Pastor shall have charge of all services of public worship. He shall be ex-officio member of all Boards and Committees of the Church, its auxiliaries and organizations.  The Pastor shall preside at all meetings of the Church, except where good taste and his own involvement dictate otherwise.

The Pastor must possess and extensive and rigorous foundation in the Word of God. The Pastor must be dependable, demonstrate discretion and integrity in all activities and exhibit the character qualities outlined in 1st Timothy 3:-2-7 and Titus 1:7-9. The Pastor shall be ordained.

Mount Gilead Baptist Church endeavors to be obedient to the Great Commission, to be involved in Evangelism through Missions and to minister to social needs through Christian worship and Bible study.


  • Resume with cover letter
  • Four (4) references


Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, detailed resume, and complete contact information by November 8, 2015 to:

Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Attention: Pastoral Search Committee
600 Grove Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Contact Person: Pastoral Search Committee Chairperson, Deacon L. Davis
Contact Number: 682-433-4955

Vacant Pulpit: New Calvary Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan (Deadline: October 31, 2015)





3975 Concord Avenue – Detroit, MI  48207

Email Address:  ncbcpastoralopening@comcast.net


New Calvary Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan , organized in 1949, is seeking a full time Sr. Pastor who is called by God.  The Senior Pastor must be a spiritual and administrative leader of the congregation.   We are currently accepting applications for this position through October 31, 2015.


Principal Pastoral Duties:

  • Preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • A Pastor with strong leadership skills to grow church membership and the proficiency to resolve disagreements
  • Actively participate and provide a spiritual vision to increase attendance in Church School, Bible Study, Prayer meeting Evangelism and Community Outreach
  • Design and implement plans to educate and involve new members in ministries of the church
  • Establish educational and other programs for the development of the children, youth, seniors and adults of the church
  • Officiates weddings, funerals and baby dedications
  • Administer the Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper; support and commit to the Church’s mission statement and By-laws
  • Conducts Quarterly Business meetings
  • Meets regularly with Deacons and Trustees
  • Meets monthly or as needed with the Church Musician



Pastoral Qualifications:

  • Biblical knowledge and belief in prayer
  • Clear understanding of the Baptist Church Doctrine
  • The ability to communicate effectively God’s Word with textual scripture
  • A gifted teacher who enables persons to learn and understand deep spiritual truths
  • An effective communicator of well-prepared sermons
  • Must have a clear vision for the future of the church
  • Ability to work with and lead Deacons, Trustees and all Ministries of the Church
  • Ability to mediate and resolve conflict easily
  • Develop relationships within the congregation that promote compassion and love
  • Foster collaboration with all types of Christian churches
  • Ability to be specifically focused on and engage with both the youth and senior members of the church
  • Demonstrate community involvement






All interested and qualified persons must submit an initial candidate package consisting of the following documentation:

  • Completed New Calvary Baptist Church Pastoral Application
  • Current Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of ministerial license and ordination certificate
  • Copy of degree(s)
  • Recent color photograph – “Head Shot” (Format: JPEG 5×7 or 8×10)

Entire application package must be typed in the format as presented (fill-able PDF provided) and submitted to ncbcpastoralopening@comcast.net.   Only one submission will be accepted.  Incomplete packages will not be considered.    Deadline for submission has been extended to October 31, 2015.



No phone calls will be accepted



All information submitted will be treated as confidential.  Additional information may be requested and/or required.





The National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.

MEMPHIS – For the last two days, I have had the privilege of attending the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the “mother convention” of the African-American Missionary Baptist world. NBCUSA was birthed in 1880 (which is the date also accepted by two other national conventions). This year’s session was the first annual session under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Young from Jackson, Mississippi.  I have a few observations on the meeting:

First, I was VERY IMPRESSED by the quality and depth of the President’s Annual Message. Dr. Young gave a dichotomistic presentation – he began by introducing his family, his church family, paid homage to the past presidents on the platform (Dr. W.J. Shaw, Dr. Julius Scruggs). In a very classy moment, he saluted those men who were his opponents for the Presidency last year and called their efforts as “offering themselves to lead the convention.” He called out their names and it was a great moment. His annual message was a classic. He dropped nuggets while casting the first portion of his vision for the NBC. Paramount in this year’s message was the call to unity and even suggesting that those states with multiple NBC Conventions would consider pooling their efforts. He envisioned State Conventions as identifying themselves with the convention (i.e., “The Arizona National Baptist Convention”) which drew applauds of approval by the body. His call for unity was heard loud and clear and he embraced denominationalism and wants the convention to think in those terms. His call for the convention to stop “sheep shuffling” (transfer growth). Notable quote: “We’ve gone from 280 churches to 11 per 100,000 people in the last 100 years.” He suggested that we don’t have too many churches – we need more churches planted.

Secondly, the Convention had great attendance numbers. The Memphis location was ideal for those not only flying but also driving (preferred method by many). The weather was, for the most part, pleasant (except for Wednesday when it rained cats and dogs). Memphis is a tourist town – from the Lorraine Motel to Graceland to many great restaurants, etc. The local newspaper, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported that 50,000 persons were in town for the convention and not to mention, Memphis is an NBC city.

Third, I admired the diversity of the programming. There were preachers of all ages that participated on the program and in auxiliary settings. It was good to see a move to inclusiveness of ages and that went from the sessions even to late night service. I’m not a fan of conventions that bring in a multiplicity of guest preachers and never utilize their own – and that’s all three levels – District, State and National. In this session there were no “guest preachers” because of the depth of the bench of the NBC.

Fourth, the young preachers are back. I’ve been at a few of the sessions in the last few years, but this year it just looked like there were more younger preachers/pastors that were in attendance. As a side note, I had the opportunity to talk with a few of the younger pastors and some who even took photos with me (I guess I really am 55 now – smile). The only way the conventions will survive is when you can look at in the audience and see a kaleidescope of preachers of all ages. Otherwise, the next session could be the last session of a convention body.

Conclusion: The NBC is in the midst of a new day experience. They are envisioning an exceptional future. Congratulations to President Young and his team. The Convention will meet in Birmingham, AL January 11-14, 2016 for the Mid-Winter Board Meeting; 111th Annual Session of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education will be in Tampa, FL June 20-24, 2016; and the 136th Annual Session will be in Kansas City, MO, September 5-9, 2016.

Let me also thank all of the pastors, preachers and laypersons who came up to me and expressed their appreciation for the Wire, the Sermon Sharing Service, the Vacant Church List, and were genuinely concerned about my health. Thanks be to God for everyone who said “I’ve been praying for you.” It touched me greatly and I’m very appreciative.

Homegoing of a Saint – Dr. J. Carlton Allen, Sr., San Antonio, Texas

Rev. Dr. J. Carlton Allen passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the age of 71.

Longtime community leader and San Antonio pastor preached the gospel of Jesus Christ over 55 years and for over 48 years, Allen has been pastor of New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 1639 Hays St.

Allen, 71, gave his first sermon as a 16-year-old before a reported 300 people at Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Galveston. His late father pastored that church.

After attending Bishop College in Dallas, Allen filled several leadership roles in the National Baptist Convention of America, Incorporated International and locally in the Baptist Ministers Union of San Antonio.

He’s been chairman of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commission, been inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and is in the Who’s Who In Black San Antonio.
Funeral services are as follow, as announced by the Church:

As we mourn the passing of our beloved Senior Pastor Doctor J. Carlton Allen, Sr., we thank God for his life and legacy.

Viewing will be as follows:

Thursday, August 27th from 4pm-8pm at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1639 Hays Street, San Antonio, Texas 78202.

The Celebration of Life Worship will be Friday, August 28th, 11:00am at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 N. Walters, San Antonio, Texas 78202, Doctor Kenneth R. Kemp, Pastor.

Doctor F. D. Sampson, Sr. of the Friendship Baptist Church, Houston, Texas will bring the sermon.

Please keep Dr. Allen’s family and Church family in your prayers.

Interment: Meadowlawn Memorial Park Cemetery


Arrangements entrusted to Lewis Funeral Home, 811 S W W White Rd, San Antonio, TX 78220 (210) 227-7281. http://www.lewisfuneralhome.com

Doctor John Carlton Allen, Sr.
December 7, 1943- August 23, 2015

Doctor J. Carlton Allen, Sr, was born in Galveston, Texas to the parentage of the late Reverend Felder and Anjell Allen, and accepted the call to the ministry in August 1960, at Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, in Galveston, Texas, Reverend F.A. Allen, Pastor.

Doctor Allen is a product of Bishop College, Dallas, Texas

Doctor Allen enjoyed forty-eight years of Pastoral Leadership at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas and fifty-five years of a national preaching ministry.

Doctor Allen was married to the late Alice Marie Geters Allen for forty-nine years who he loved and cherished.

He leaves: Three sons, Reverend Renard Darnell, Sr. (Debra), John Carlton II (Yvella), and Reverend Joel Christopher (Jacqueline), four grandchildren Reverend Renard Darnell (Jasmine), Dominique Ulishas, John Carlton III and Jordan Chere, and three great-grand children, Kennedy Anjell Denise, Renard Darnell, III. and Sydney-Marie.

A viewing will be held Thursday, August 27th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1639 Hays, San Antonio, Texas, 78202.

The Celebration of Life will be held Friday, August 28th at 11:00 a.m., at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1001 North Walters, San Antonio, Texas, 78202. Doctor Kenneth R. Kemp, Pastor.

Servant of God WELL DONE!!!

Local Arrangements by Mainland Funeral Home, La Marque, Texas


So, You Think You Can Preach? Sigh . . .

by Robert Earl Houston

A buzz, a very annoying and disturbing buzz, has been created by the producers and crew of a proposed television series entitled, “So, You Think You Can Preach?”

Some of us are not amused.

The premise of this television series is to take ministers and have them compete before a panel of preachers (what preacher in his or her right mind that would participate on either side of the table is mind-boggling) and then, in reality television fashion, moves on to “the next round.”  The “big win” includes the opportunity to preach in a mega-pulpit (at least one) across the country (mind you, a mega-church in the USA is 2,000 members or more). It’s been called, by it’s hosts, as a “family show.”

Really?  This show should be shut down.  My problem with this is more theological.

First, What Signal Are We Sending To Young Preachers? It is bad enough that we’ve got a generation of preachers that run the gamut from gifted and skilled to uncommitted and untrustworthy. We are now telling young preachers, you no longer need the counsel and confines of your pastor and home church; You don’t need Elijah anymore; You don’t need a practicum of learning in a smaller, friendlier environment anymore; You don’t need personal interaction with your shepherd in a field anymore; You don’t need study you need style; You don’t need an outline you need a helluva close; You don’t need meat when gravy will fill a belly. We are saying now that your business card and marketing skills are more important than your apprenticeship and training. There is no way a pastor who really cares about his or her associate ministers would allow them to participate in this foolishness. Conversely, as Dr. Tolan Morgan once stated, this is a generation of preacher that not only has no father in the home, they reject having one in the pulpit.

Second, What Signal Are We Sending To Church Members? The “television-cation” of the black church is disturbing. This show, obviously targeted at the black church, is another device to make fun or poke fun or misinterpret the church. When you watch movies, the preacher is preaching while the choir stands throughout the sermon, or the preacher is some fried-chicken eating, Cadillac driving, individual with issues; They make fun of our shouts; They make our psalmists into artists; They take handfuls of preachers and lift them up as if they are the rule and not the exception; and our precious members come to church to hear our choirs compared to what they just heard on Sunday’s Best; they hear our preachers with the scenes from “The Real Preachers of (location)” still within their conscious; they watch our worship while Medea and ‘dem still dance like sugar plums in their heads. Our presentation to our church members should be that our worship is sacred and not stupid; That it’s spirit driven and not performance driven; And that we are not in a contest with each other in the spreading of the gospel.

Third, What Signal Are We Sending About Mega-Churches? Ahhh . . . the prize! We want these young, unseasoned, unproven, preachers to “win the opportunity” to preach at a mega-church – when the truth of the matter is that less than 5% of all churches are in the mega-church category. So, let’s say “Minister M.M.” wins the competition and preaches at a “mega church” . . . then what? OK, you’ve got that on your resume – but so what? Churches don’t look for pastors because of where they preached, they look for pastors because of WHO CALLED THEM to preach. I have applauded (and have dear friends) who pastor larger congregations, but I equally applaud (and have dear friends) with those men and women who pastor congregations, in the words of Dr. M.V. Wade, Sr. “they may not be mega, but they’re major.” The goal of young preachers is not to set your sights on being a mega-pastor, the goal is to be a servant.

I call upon my fellow pastors, denominational leaders, and the Body of Christ at large to insist that your sons and daughters in the faith refuse or recant their participation. The harm that this show will create is not worth it to the body of Christ. And then, let us get back to doing what the Lord called us to do – ministry that matters.


by Pastor Robert Earl Houston

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