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March 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
FOR 75 YEARS, the Crescentville Baptist Church has overlooked Rising Sun Avenue, watching it change with the decades. The church changed, too, said Pastor Charles Dear: It's now a diverse congregation with a global outlook, lending its support to the faithful all over the world. Who we are: Dear describes the church as "an independent Baptist ministry serving the community and the world. " His congregation of about 100 members consists primarily of neighborhood residents, with some members who hail from Roslyn and other nearby suburbs.
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August 20, 1995 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When the national offices of the American Baptist Churches in the USA opened in 1962, a paper published by the denomination boasted: "The building's set back from the highway - no other structure will ever intervene - which allows it to be seen, makes it a witness, a testimony. " Today, motorists driving along North Gulph Road, just east of Valley Forge National Historical Park, could easily miss the white, three-story, doughnut- shaped building. The strip of road within a mile of Route 202, the Schuylkill Expressway, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike is choked with business complexes, motels and hotels, a golf course, and a portion of what will soon be the second-largest mall in America.
NEWS
April 20, 2010 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Baptist church protested outside the Episcopal Diocese headquarters in Society Hill on Monday as part of an ongoing dispute over a trust fund that could be worth millions. The 19th Street Baptist Church in South Philadelphia lost a years-long court battle it waged against the diocese and Wachovia Bank over the fund. The Baptist church has kept the issue alive with daily protests for the last three years outside the Wachovia Building at 123 S. Broad St. On Monday, the Baptist church expanded its protest to include the diocese offices and historic St. Peter's Church at Third and Pine Streets.
LIVING
January 31, 2001 | By Alfred Lubrano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It sounds like the beginning of a cliched joke: "A minister walks into a bar . . . " But the punch line - where the preacher buys the joint with $67,500 from the church building fund - is anything but old hat. Such is the lesson of the buying Baptists of the West Ward, the fed-up church folk in this working-class neighborhood who purchased a noisome bar just to shut it down. When you fight sin in the inner city, bring your Bible. But don't forget your checkbook. "I don't want to buy up all of Trenton," says the Rev. Simeon Spencer, pastor of Union Baptist Church, which finalized the deal in November.
NEWS
May 30, 2000 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
Deaconess Eunice Eades is spry at 92, even if she's not so mobile. She doesn't do steps well and rarely leaves her rowhouse, even to attend her beloved 19th Street Baptist Church less than two blocks away. That's why four high-powered lawyers, a court recorder, a video cam operator and her pastor trooped into Eades' tiny living room on Titan Street near 20th in South Philadelphia recently to take her deposition about long-ago events at a church where she has belonged for 65 years.
NEWS
August 18, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even on a steamy summer Sunday, Vitaly Korchevsky typically would be buttoned up in suit and tie, preaching from the pulpit at the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven. But Sunday, another pastor took his place and read a letter to the congregation from the now-jailed Korchevsky. "Brothers and sisters," the stand-in pastor read softly, as babies gurgled and some worshipers' tears started to flow. Some bowed their heads in prayer. Others shot stern looks at children to hush their playing in the pews at the packed church on Edwards Avenue, a quiet residential street in this Delaware County suburb.
NEWS
January 31, 1986
I applaud the truth of your editorial of Jan. 20 on the first observance of the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. "It is a patriotic holiday, one that should be embraced by all who love liberty and hunger for justice. " Amen! Dr. King and his cause belong to all of us. Even so, he was incorrectly identified. You named him as a Southern Baptist minister. Not all Baptists are of the same denomination. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an ordained minister of American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
NEWS
March 15, 2000 | by Ted Rose
The Christian right is clearly going to be a presence, and an issue, in the presidential campaign. Here are some clarifying distinctions. Fundamentalist is a term used to describe American conservative Protestants, often Baptists. It is not pejorative. Fundamentalists have three defining attributes: a. Belief in the inerrancy of the Bible. The Bible is literally true. If it states that God created the world in six days, a fundamentalist believes it was six 24-hour days. b. Faith in charismatic leaders.
NEWS
September 6, 2002 | By ELMER SMITH
LAST TIME the Baptists came to town, my idea of economic development was how to help my church sell enough sweet potato pies and chicken dinners to make a righteous profit. We cleaned fish, shucked corn and stirred up enough fruit punch to float a schooner. Most of the revenue went to our church. But, for me, the greater good was to gather a little "spending change. " That was more than 40 years ago when a convention of black Baptists was still considered small change. They got the key to the city even then.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
By Michael Carroll My religious group, former Catholics, is apparently the third largest in the country, coming in just behind practicing Catholics and Baptists. So says a respected Jesuit, and when Jesuits talk, I tend to listen - not adopt necessarily, but at least listen. I was interested, maybe even a little gratified, to learn that I no longer lack a religious identity, especially in the Christmas season. This is the time when I find myself ruminating about what, if anything, I should celebrate.
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January 11, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
Members of Zion Baptist Church voted overwhelmingly Saturday against reinstating the Rev. A. Carl Prince as pastor of the historic North Philadelphia church. The vote was 298-54, with three ballots declared invalid. Church members had complained that soon after Prince arrived at Zion, he began behaving as a "dictator" and was often rude and arrogant in speaking to members. A four-page "Letter to the Joint Board," presented by deacons to a board of officers, outlined dozens of complaints from members who said that Prince "closed off three rooms" in the church for his exclusive use, that he spent large sums renovating his office, and that he began charging $300 in cash for funerals on top of the normal fee. Ballots were cast between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday according to a detailed procedure worked out in a court-approved settlement in September between several Zion members who had sued to challenge the July 2014 vote that ousted Prince and church officials.
NEWS
January 5, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987 On Twitter: @ValerieRussDN
THREE DAYS BEFORE Christmas, the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, the ousted pastor of Zion Baptist Church, filed a lawsuit against the historic church of the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, seeking $50,000 and reinstatement as pastor. The suit seeks temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the congregation from having a second vote, scheduled for Jan. 9, on whether Prince should return. In the Dec. 22 filing, Prince asks Common Pleas Court to overturn the July 2014 vote, saying that he "was pastor of Zion Baptist Church from January 2012 until he was illegally removed on July 12, 2014.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
VICTORIA LEAVY never left the house without being stylishly dressed, from her signature hat down, all perfectly matched. And, oh, yes, every hair in place. In fact, when Victoria lived in the Saunders House retirement home in Wynnewood, she was without a doubt the best-dressed resident, bar none. "I used to visit her there and make sure she had all she needed to be perfectly dressed," said her daughter, the Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall Blake. "She was a real cover girl. " Victoria Elizabeth Leavy, a child-care worker, active Baptist churchwoman and a devoted family matriarch, died Monday.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The night before Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper left the church that had meant everything to them, relative after relative streamed into their rooms, crying. Megan Phelps-Roper was trying to pack when a beloved cousin walked in, stone-faced, and told her she was going to hell. The Kansas sisters, in their 20s, wondered if they had made the right decision, if they were even sane. But after four months of questioning the Westboro Baptist Church - the provocative religious community known for staging antigay demonstrations at military funerals and other sites - they knew the only way to go was out. The sisters, granddaughters of the church's founder, spoke Tuesday morning at the Anti-Defamation League's ninth annual Youth Leadership Conference held at the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moments after a judge delayed the possible demolition of First African Baptist Church's 109-year-old building, two opposing groups formed around lawyers Thursday outside Courtroom 446 at City Hall. Parishioners of the state's oldest black Baptist church are split over the building at 16th and Christian Streets. Preserve its history, some say. Keep it, others insist, and the church is financially doomed. An elderly woman had one request: "Let us pray," she said. In the middle of the fourth-floor hallway, 19 people - including the lawyers - held hands in a circle.
NEWS
August 20, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Terrence Griffith, pastor of the oldest black Baptist church in Pennsylvania, was sweating in the early-morning heat. Alone in the cavernous sanctuary of First African Baptist Church, he lamented the lack of air-conditioning. Outside, a chain-link fence protected pedestrians from a church wall that he said could collapse at any moment. The church, Griffith said, can no longer handle the burden of its 109-year-old building at 16th and Christian Streets. "I'm not going to preside over the death of a church," he said.
NEWS
August 18, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even on a steamy summer Sunday, Vitaly Korchevsky typically would be buttoned up in suit and tie, preaching from the pulpit at the Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven. But Sunday, another pastor took his place and read a letter to the congregation from the now-jailed Korchevsky. "Brothers and sisters," the stand-in pastor read softly, as babies gurgled and some worshipers' tears started to flow. Some bowed their heads in prayer. Others shot stern looks at children to hush their playing in the pews at the packed church on Edwards Avenue, a quiet residential street in this Delaware County suburb.
NEWS
June 2, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FOR MOST OF us, having a street named after us would be a pretty big deal. When the 6400 block of Emlen Street, between West Upsal and West Johnson Streets in West Mount Airy was named the "Dr. G. Daniel Jones Way," the honoree's response was, "Oh, how nice. " Dr. Jones, pastor emeritus of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, wasn't about to do cartwheels because, as he said, he didn't go into the ministry for self-promotion, but to serve God. "I don't see myself as having done that much," he said at the ceremony designating the name change in March 2014, "for I serve for the glory of God, not for self-aggrandizement, prizes or rewards.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE REV. Vaughn Wilson left his Chester church in 1988 because "the people did not want to follow the word of God" and came to Southwest Philadelphia with his family, one prospective member of his future congregation and no church. He found a vacant building on Woodland Avenue near 71st Street that had last existed as a candy factory in the '70s. "We rented one room," Wilson said. "We painted, hung curtains and found chairs. It was winter. There was no heat. "So every Saturday, I rented an old construction heater at Front and Hunting Park, strapped it on the back of my car, carried it to Woodland Avenue, filled it with kerosene and heated up the room," Wilson said.
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