Antioch Baptist Church, a strong beacon in the neighborhood of North Brooklyn and beyond, launched year-long celebration of its Centennial milestone with praise, grace, music, song, dance and jubilance.
“For 100 years, Antioch has been committed to empowering our community and promoting its optimal health through fellowship, outreach and many ministries,” Rev. Waterman told Our Time Press. “Our anniversary theme is 100 Years of Rising, Restoring, Reaching, Rejoicing, but we give honor to God first because we Rise through God’s empowerment, overcoming challenges. We are a sacred vessel for “restoring souls,” and we are “reaching through our teaching and our out-reaching.”
“We rejoice because we are thankful beyond words.”
Later that evening, the pastor hosted Antioch’s lavish 100th Anniversary Dinner Banquet at El Caribe Catering. It was a rousing event attended by special guests including Annette Robinson, Borough President Eric Adams, and a host of judges, and community leaders, young people and the pastor’s family. On this page are photos of the dinner-dance.
Antioch Baptist Church 100th Anniversary Committee Members include: Trustee Lena S. Gates, Chair; Trustee Katie Davis; Trustee Tina R. Watkins; Trustee Alma Roundtree; Trustee Juanita Chin; Trustee Diane Smith; Deacon Christian Paylor-Smith; Elder Sheila R. Carpenter, Min. of Music; Deacon Thomas Riles; Deacon James Roundtree; Deacon Christian Paylor-Smith; Deaconness Fran Gardner; Evang. Rozie Robinson; Waliek Crandall, Min. Cheryl Buie-Folks and Acua Dove.
Saturday, September 8, 2018: ABC’s 100th Year Anniversary Parade and Block Party celebration to include a parade route starting at 9:00 AM from Downtown Brooklyn, Antioch’s original location site at 100 Duffield Street and culminating with a block party in Bedford Stuyvesant – at the church’s current landmark home (828 Greene Avenue, between Lewis and Stuyvesant). The block party kicks of at 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Confirmed to attend: The Black Cowboys, winner of The Miss Brooklyn Pageant and community leaders.
For more information: visit www.antiochbaptistbrooklyn.com. For information on Parade Sponsorship, Elder Sheila R. Carpenter, 917-370-460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week in Part II, Our Time Press presents program images of the worship service and highlights of Evangelist Clark’s sermon and messages.