John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
OUR CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT
Evergreen Baptist Church mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to maintain the worship of God, follow leadership of the Pastor as he is being led by the Holy Spirit and to inspire in all persons a love for Christ, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and their fellow human beings.
We pledge our lives to Christ and covenant with each other to demonstrate His Spirit through worship, witnessing, and ministry.
We live to:
To seek and bring lost souls to Christ
To Share the Good News
To Love and Worship God
To Love Others and Serve Others
To Know God's Word
To Know God's Love
To Share God's Word
To Share God's Love
To Show (Live) God's Word
To Show God's Love
To See GOD
To See Good in All
To Hear GOD
To Hear Good
To Speak Good
To Speak of GOD
To Feel Good
To Feel GOD
To Taste and see that the LORD is Good
To Show Others GOD
To Do Good
The first home of the Evergreen Baptist Church was an old fish house located at the corner of Jordan Street and Texas Avenue. It was in this house a small group met under the leadership of the Reverend Aaron Wells to organize this church on
August 16, 1878.
The first pastor was Rev. Aaron Wells, who served up until his resignation.
The second Pastor Rev. Thomas Christian, served for one year and was called from labor to reward.
Evergreen's third pastor was Rev. I. A. Carter who desired a better location for the church. The church was moved to the corner of Christian and Shreve streets where a beautiful frame building was erected. Rev. Carter, served as pastor for forty-two years until his death on August 22, 1922,
On February 4. 1923, the Rev. J. E. Evans was elected the fourth pastor of the Evergreen Church and served for seventeen years before being called from labor to reward.
The fifth pastor the Rev. J. R. Retledge, accepted the call to pastor the Evergreen Baptist Church in November 1940. He began with the paying off of the church's indebtedness and the enlargement of the church building at a considerable cost. Among the many programs were the organizing of Speaking Choirs 1 and 2 along with an accredited leadership study course and the male chorus. Because of the construction of the 1-20 Expressway, the church had to be relocated. Property at the corner of Allen Avenue and Poland Street was purchased. The Octagon building (now our multi-purpose building) was erected and was dedicated on September 4th, 1960. On November 7, 1967, Rev. James R. Retledge was called from labor to reward after twenty-seven years of faithful service.
Rev. Charlie Jefferson was called as the sixth pastor of the Evergreen Baptist Church on June 3, 1968 and he accepted the duties on June 17th of that year. Under his leadership, the indebtedness of the church was paid off within ten months. Pastor Jefferson had a dream, a divine revelation and under the direction of the Holy Spirit, he led the congregation into a new sanctuary on June 1, 1986. The cost of the building was just over $700,000. The liquidation of the note on what is called "Jefferson Chapel" was done within two-and a half years. On January 29, 2001, Pastor Charlie John Jefferson was called from labor to reward and the search for a pastor began.
On June 2, 2001 pastor seven Rev. Aaron Lynn Dobynes of Sprott, Alabama was chosen to be our leader. His efforts to unite us. as pastor and people started with a mandate that "Evergreen, was a Great Place to Grow," (Getting Ready on the Word); along with the introduction and exposure to noted pastors and preachers from across the nation; and as pastor, exhibiting the gifts that could only come from the Lord as he proclaimed and taught the Gospel of Christ. On May 1, 2014, Pastor Aaron Doybnes, offered his resignation to the Evergreen Congregation.
On March 29, 2015, Rev. Arthur Douglas. Jr., was elected as the eighth pastor of the Evergreen Baptist Church and preached his first sermon as our Pastor on April 12, 2015. On June 7, 2015 Pastor Arthur Douglas, Jr. was officially installed.
In just a brief time, this man of God has immersed himself in the teaching, preaching and advancing the Gospel of Christ within the ministries of our church and beyond. Internally, our Bible Study, Prayer Meetings as well as other ministries are thriving. His administrative abilities and leadership skills have enhanced the day-to-day operations of the church.
With our theme "Lifting Jesus," it is evident that Evergreen Baptist Church will continue to shine as a bright luminary in the sky and the rich history of our church will continue to Shine Brightly for all men to see.
100th Year Centennial Plaque