Pastor Christopher E. Mundy Sr.
The Loving Missionary Baptist Church was organized on March 23rd, 1958 at 1618 Boulevard Place, by Rev George Clark. There were twenty-four chartered members and four deacons.
Rev. Arthur Clark, who was the pastor of Greater St. James, acted as moderator in organizing the auxiliaries, electing officers and pastor. Rev. George Clark was elected the pastor of the church and was inspired to name it Loving Baptist. The first sermon was preached on “LOVE.” New members were added to the church and in April 1961, we purchased a church at 226 North Blackford Street.
In 1962 Rev. George Clark resigned as pastor and Rev. I.S. Owens was called to be in charge of the pulpit until January 1963 when he was elected to be the pastor.
On May 9th, 1965, we had our mortgage burning with Rev. William Sweatt, Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church officiating. This was a grand and glorious day for all; another mile we have traveled together.
We were contacted by representatives of Indiana University and in July 1968 our building was purchased by them which meant moving time for us. August 11th, 1968 we moved to California and New York Streets and were there for a short period of time.
October 27th, 1968, we moved to the Good Samaritan Church annex at 2209 West Park where Rev. J.T. Highbaugh was the pastor. December 29th, 1968, we broke ground at 802 W. Roache Street for the construction of our present church and on June 1st, 1969, we moved into the church with still a lot of work to be done so we were unable to have an open house. July 6th, 1969, was a joyful day for all the members and pastor because on this day, we had our grand march. This day will long be remembered.
In May 1977 Rev Owens resigned as pastor of Loving Missionary Baptist Church and moved to Mount Union, Pennsylvania to pastor a church. On his resignation, Rev. John E. Girton Sr., was placed in charge of the pulpit. July 20th, 1977, Rev John Girton Sr. was elected to become the third pastor of the church. Under Rev. Girton’s leadership the church grew spiritually, financially and in members. March 25th, 1979 we had our mortgage burning. September 25th, 1995 Rev. John Girton Sr., poised to take another giant step forward rebuilding a new church edifice, adding classrooms, bathrooms, offices, enlarging the kitchen, dining room and baptism area.
November 10th, 1996, at 8:30 a.m. with Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church as our special guest our coming home theme: The Journey Was Long, but the Victory was Sweet. “We were blessed to be back home. Rev. Girton after 26 successful years as the pastor, Pastor Girton was asked to step down as pastor in January of 2006 because of illness. He was offered the Emeritus title, but he refused.
Rev. Spencer K. Osborne was available to assume leadership. He was voted in by the members as the pastor of Loving Missionary Baptist Church. He was installed February 3rd, 2006 by Bishop James Humbert of the Temple of Believers. Rev. Spencer Osborne served as the fourth pastor for seven months, but due to lack of agreement with his leadership he was asked to resign.
Under the leadership of Deacon Donald Fuqua and the Capital City Fellowship Association, Rev Wayne L. Moore of the Olivet Missionary Baptist Church was available to assist us in selecting an interim pastor, Rev. Jerome Clark. Rev. Jerome Clark was sent to Loving Missionary Baptist Church for six months as the interim pastor. After three months of working closely with Rev. Clark it was decided to vote him as the Pastor-elect of Loving Missionary Baptist Church. The church membership started increasing under Rev. Jerome Clark’s leadership. It was decided to ask Rev. Clark to become our pastor. He accepted our request. The installation services for Rev. Jerome Clark was on February 18th, 2007, as the fifth pastor of the Loving Missionary Baptist Church.
Under Rev. Jerome Clark’s leadership, Loving Missionary Baptist Church grew in spirit and in number. It was because Pastor Jerome Clark’s leadership and vision that the church was able to pay off the mortgage for the rebuilding project, begun by Rev. John Girton. On September 28th, 2014 Loving Missionary Baptist Church had yet another mortgage burning celebration.
On April 19th, 2014 at the age 44, our Lord God called Pastor Jerome Anthony Clark home after a two and a half year bout with a rare form of cancer. Pastor Jerome was well loved by his family and his church family. Pastor Jerome Clark was known for saying, “It is, what it is.” and “It’s not about us, it’s about Christ.” He will be sorely missed.
During this absence Chairman of the Deacons David Porter lead the church, while Loving Missionary Baptist Church’s own Associate Minister Rev. Shawn Floyd and True Tried Missionary Baptist Church’s Rev. Kelvin Wade continued to preach the gospel message of Jesus Christ to Loving Missionary Baptist Church; helping LMBC through its difficult time. On July 2nd, 2014 at a church business meeting, a pastoral search committee was put together. The Pastoral Search Committee consisted of seven members: Deacon Moses Driver, Deacon James Porter, Deacon Perry Teague, Deacon David Porter, Trustee Charles Clark, Trustee Michelle Montgomery and Brother Brian Nelson.
It is because of the awesome sustaining power of God, that the body of Loving Missionary Baptist church remained intact during the absence of a Shepard. New souls were being added to the body of Christ as well as new members; and marriage ceremonies continued happen. The love for Christ and the love for one another continued to grow throughout the church; yet the church was still hurting and in need of a pastor.
After a long process of meetings, reviews and interviews of potential pastoral candidates, a church business meeting was called. By way of vote of the Loving Missionary Baptist Church congregation, on Saturday; January 3rd in the year 2015, the Loving Missionary Baptist Church extended a call to Rev. Christopher E. Mundy to be its sixth pastor.
We are constantly in prayer to stay humble to be of service and hold to the principles of faith and doctrine that we may be servants. Loving is the church that sits high on a hill with its bright and shining light. We pray that she will be able to direct lost souls to our Lord and Savior who is Jesus Christ.
Mother Jewell Jones
Loving Missionary Baptist Church, Mothers Board
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