Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church was organized
in the year of our Lord, 1883. Our fore parents
erected a building on the Cochran place. They named
it Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church, later years
it was moved to its present site. Their fore
parents came onto the scene not too far removed from
the dark days of slavery. The Shadow of servitude
was still lingering in their memories. The dust of
affliction had not been wholly removed from their
longing souls. In their faith of Jesus Christ, they
launched a movement to build for God and the
community, a church.
Today's history has justified their efforts, time
has made fruitful their vision, and providence has
guided their heroic purpose and blessed their
courageous intention. Today, we thank God for this
rich heritage and we feel a keen sense of gratitude
and indebtedness to those who laid this great
foundation. God blessed our church to the extent
that a larger house of worship was needed.
The third sanctuary was built in 1905. The
cornerstone was laid by the Odd Fellows Fraternity,
at that time the late Reverend C.A. Lang was the
pastor. Those numbered among the faithful workers
were L. Nelson, T. McDuffie, A. Williams, O. Bush,
D. Jackson, M. Lang, J.F. Frazier, J.H. Williams, N.
Bush, J.W. Hill, Mrs. E. Williams, Mrs. J. Kegler,
Mrs. B. Swan, Mrs. L. Lang, and Mrs. A. Scott.
The fourth building was built in 1972 under the
leadership of Pastor J. Wesley Lowe. The church
officials at that time were deacons: King Jackson,
Charlie Amos, Eddie Bush, Roney Edwards, Charlie
Jackson, Willie C. Johnson, Clayton Marcus, Simon
Marcus, Sylvester Quimberly, and Sylvester Wimberly.
The Mother of the Church was Corene Thompson;
treasurer, Deacon Clayton Marcus, Sr.; and church
clerk, Emma Thompson.
In 1974, a pool was built and dedicated for
baptism. On November 27, the Ordination and
Cornerstone Laying Service were held, ordaining
Lonnie Bowman, Henry King, Jr. and Larry Thompson.
The cornerstone was laid by the Albany Masonic
District No. 11, Free and Accepted Masons, Prince
In 1980, we began recognizing our senior members
eighty (80) plus years old. We thank God for them
and ask his continuous blessing upon them. On March
17, 1987, three (3) additional acres of land was
purchased and later fenced in under the leadership
of Reverend R. L. Chatmon. On April 1, 1990, Saint
Mary was without a pastor. Being led and guided by
the Holy Spirit, on August 24, 1990 Reverend Ananias
Hopkins, III was chosen to become the 14th pastor of
Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church.
On November 11, 1990, under the leadership of
Reverend Hopkins, it was agreed to hold worship
services every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. beginning the
first Sunday in January, 1991. We are continuously
amazed at the blessings of the Lord upon the work of
On October 16, 1994, Reverend Hopkins prayed for and
gave the elected deacons their charge. Receiving the
charge were Ulus Frazier, Ormie J. Jackson, Willie
C. Marcus, and Johnny Stubbs.
On May 28, 1995, the Saint Mary Missionary Baptist
Church family adjourned to the south side of the
church to break ground for a new addition. After
singing and praying the ground was broken by a
series of shovels, one representing each age group
within the church family. Those lifting shovels
filled with soil were Eula Bush, Leon Marcus, Corene
Thompson, Clayton Marcus, Sr., Ella Jackson,
Reverend Ananias Hopkins, Johnny Stubbs, Desmond
Jackson, Christen Thompson, LaKai Smith, and Candice
The fifth sanctuary was built and dedicated in 1997.
On October 11, 1998, the cornerstone was laid by the
Albany Masonic District Number 11, Free and Accepted
Masons, Prince Hall Affiliated.
In 1998, the kitchen and dining area were remodeled:
commercial stove, refrigerator and freezer were
installed in the kitchen, tables and chairs for the
dining area. Additionally, a pool was installed in
the former sanctuary for baptizing.
In October 1999, ordination service was held for
James D. Silas, Sr. and Horace Thompson.
In January 2000, five more acres of land was
purchased. In April 2004, the Angel Food Ministries
was organized and several more acres of land were
purchased. In December 2004 the church van was
purchased and a second van was purchased in May
2006, all under the leadership of Reverend Hopkins.
Membership has grown tremendously. There were 207
that joined under Christian experience and 337 that
confessed Christ and were baptized.
In July 2006 the church mortgage was paid in full.
We thank God for working through this great
spiritual leader; we pray for his continuous
blessing upon our church.
In April 2009, C.A. R. E. Development, Inc. a
non-profit organization was organized.
September 2007, ordination service was held for
Jerome Jackson, Alvin Sapp, Sr., Terry Brown and
Willie A. Mitchell, Sr.
September 21, 2008, mortgage burning and ground
breaking ceremony was held for a new educational
building. A series of shovels were held representing
each age group within the church family. Those
lifting shovels included Deacon Clayton Marcus,
Deacon James Silas, Deacon Willie C. Marcus, Jessie
Lee, Derek Hadley, Jr., James Davis, D’Antay
Williams, and First Lady Jackie Hopkins held 8 month
Rhyan Simmons’ hand on a shovel.
Pastors having served Saint Mary were Reverends: R.L.
Fletcher, J.H. Strong, C.A. Lang, M. Williams, J.
Neil, J. Murray, H.J. Wimberly, W.M. Domely, L.C.
Daniels, G. Brown, J.W. Lowe, M.C. Jenkins, R.
Chatmon, and presently Ananias Hopkins, III. Members
having served as church clerks were: Nathaniel Bush,
Kizzie Adams, Willie Thompson, Emma B. Thompson,
Ella Jackson, Nathaniel Thompson, Emma L. Thompson,
Mattie Jess, and presently Gloria Silas. Members
having served as finance secretary are: Oppie L.
Johnson, and presently Freddie Thompson. Mothers of
the Church were Sisters: Hattie Spence, Kizzie
Adams, Lue Bush, Julia Jackson, and Corene Thompson.
Deacons were: Charlie Adams, Oscar Bush, Milton
Beamon, Matthew Swarn, Will Cole, Abe Lee, Bennie
Reed, Frank Spence, Willie Thompson, John L. King,
Jim Williams, Julius Lumpkin, Nathaniel Thompson,
Roney Edwards, Willie C. Johnson, Sylvester
Wimberly, Charlie Amos, Sylvester Quimberly, Eddie
Bush, Elton Spence, Charlie J. Jackson, Lonnie
Bowman, Henry King, Jr., John L. King, Jr., Ulus
Frazier, Clayton Marcus, Sr., and Simon Marcus.
Present deacons are: K.J. Jackson, Ormie J. Jackson,
Willie C. Marcus, James D. Silas, Johnny Stubbs,
Larry Thompson, Horace Thompson, Jerome Jackson,
Alvin Sapp, Terry Brown, and Willie Mitchell.
With the Banner of Christ hanging high that men may
follow on, we have pitched our tent on land, near
turbulent waters. However, our leaders who have
waited in camp, have caught the glimpse of a new day
and have each, in his own term brought us into
greater and more secure avenues of success.