Our History

Our story began in 1902, we're 118 years old now...


Our History

In 1902, the first Black Baptist Church west of Kingshighway Avenue was Pastored by Rev. George W. Clemons who pitched a tent at 2900 Semple Avenue and established Semple Avenue Baptist Church. Rev. Samuel Rabun was called as Pastor in 1955. It was at that time the Church was renamed New Northside Missionary Baptist Church (NNMBC). During 1958-1959, a new building was constructed. Additionally, during 1959 the following Annual Days were established:

  • Fellowship Day
  • Men and Women’s Day
  • Church Anniversary.

Rev. Willie James Ellis, Jr., a new Pastor for NNMBC beginning in 1963, provided explosive growth and transformational leadership for 47 years. Rev. Ellis introduced a financial program to cancel the old deed on Semple Avenue and acquired a new mortgage to move to the Goodfellow Boulevard location in 1975. During Pastor Ellis’ tenure, the Church established a profound presence in the 27th Ward at 8645 Goodfellow Blvd. A few of their accomplishments were the Child Development Center (1998), Family Life Center, Drum and Bugle Corps/Drill Team (1997), 100th Church Anniversary Event (2002), record membership of 2000+ and partnered to provide low income housing for seniors. Rev. Ellis died in 2012.

In 2012, a new era of community engagement was ushered in under the new leadership provided by Interim Pastor Rev. Rodrick K. Burton. Since 2013, under the leadership of installed Pastor Burton, New Northside MBC works to raise attendance rates; provides an emergency diaper closet in the 27th Ward; serves to meet homeless student’s needs; works for community safety; provides seniors with exercise and education programs; advocates for energy efficiency and environmental justice, hosts the Interfaith Community and numerous Faith Coalitions; supports infants and toddlers of Christian immigrants in Jerusalem, and provides affordable graduate training to communities of color. Since 1977, NNMBC has awarded scholarships to members pursuing higher education. These are just few initiatives the church has led.

God has blessed New Northside Missionary Baptist Church with spiritual and financial leadership, several talented choirs, an enthusiastic Christian education program, a hard-working ministerial staff and many other devoted and strong ministries. Continually, the membership and guests are being fed with the Word of God.