Historical Sketch of Burnett Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
The church extended a call to Rev. John O. Crittenden, Sr. who became pastor in August 1961. The church membership continued to increase spiritually and numerically under his leadership. In January 1966 the building was demolished by another fire. During reconstruction after both fires, our services were held at Star Lodge Hall and Miles Memorial C. M. E. Church. Rev. Crittenden led the congregation to build the present edifice and we joyously entered the new building on November 6, 1966. Rev. Crittenden faithfully served our congregation for 18 years and accepted a call to another church in September 1979.
The Lord led the church in calling Rev. Christopher L. Hagan as pastor. He began on November 25, 1979. During his seven years of leadership, the church increased financially in tithes and offerings, a bus ministry initiated, scholarships provided, and additional properties purchased. Rev. Hagan served dutifully until 1986.
On August 20, 1988 the church called Rev. Gerald L. Thomas. During his tenure many souls were won to Christ and various programs and ministries were implemented. After 5 years of dedicated service, Rev. Thomas accepted the call to another church in August 1993.
On September 3, 1993 Rev. Johnnie D. Clark was called to serve as interim pastor. On June 1, 1994 Rev. Clark accepted the call to become pastor. Under his leadership the church grew spiritually and numerically through his teachings of God’s word, Christian Leadership Training, college level bible classes, organized evangelism, and increased ministry and mission. With the addition of portable classrooms and two additional properties, God is creating a Church Campus for us to carry out The Great Command to love one another and The Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Rev. Clark announced his retirement effective June 28, 2009, but at the church body’s request, postponed his retirement until January 31, 2010 while the church conducted its pastoral search. Rev. Jordan L. Thompson, an associate minister of Greater Galilee Baptist Church, was called as interim pastor and served from February 1 to April 26, 2010.