Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church was founded in 1890 when a small group of believers began what was then known as the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. After several years, a new facility
was built facing Mass. Ave., and we changed our name to the Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church. Progress did not stop, and in 1923 our present facility was purchased at 146 Hampshire Street.
The Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church (MABC) is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. We are an evangelical ministry. All this simply means that we are a Bible believing and teaching church. Our belief is that Jesus is the answer for the world today, and that He promises everlasting life and abundance to all who believe in Him. Further, we believe that God’s word (the Bible) when believed, confessed, and adhered to, will set mankind free from various bondage's, which prevent us from experiencing the life of abundance that God promises to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the present-day ministry and operation of the Holy Spirit.
MABC exists to be a place where persons know and worship God, and make Him known to others. We offer a purpose to live for; power to live on, people to live with, principles to live by, and a profession to live out.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly, as God has prospered us, towards its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of difference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintance; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.
We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to guard each other’s reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each other’s joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another’s burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian courtesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.
Taken from the “The New Progressive Baptist Hymnal”
Rev. Brenda Ann Brown was installed as the Pastor on April 24, 2015!
Reverend Brenda Ann Brown was born in South America, to parents, Henry Chester and Sylvia Chalmers Chester. In her early teenage years she migrated to the United States leaving a trail of personal, educational, and professional accomplishments. She is the wife of Deacon Carl (Rick) Brown and the mother of 2 children, step-mother of 2, and grandmother of 4. She has attended several prestigious Universities such as New York University, Boston University as well as Boston College where she is currently employed and holds a number of positions.
Reverend Brown is now and always has been a woman of action. Being such, she currently serves as the co-chair of the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association (BFSAA) a resource for people of African descent at all levels of the Boston College community. She has served as the co-chair for Boston Colleges Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program and is an active committee member. This committee focuses on enhancing diversity, multi-cultural education, intercultural communication and understanding, and social justice on the Boston College campus. In addition, Reverend Brown also serves as the co-chair for the BC Wellness Support Group, a group for Faculty and Staff Members of the Boston College Community whose lives have been touched by cancer and other chronic diseases. Her desire to assist and support those affected by cancer is not limited to her works on the Boston College campus however, as she serves as the co-chair as the Dana Farber Cancer Center Advisory Council, a council devoted to assuring the delivery of the highest standards of comprehensive and compassionate health care.
Reverend Brown received her calling from God as a teenager and is currently fulfilling the Lord's plan for her life. Having been a member of Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church for the past 29 years, she currently serves as an Assistant Pastor. Presently she serves on the Trustee Board and has actively served in a number of other ministries over the years, such as the Missionary Society, The Adult Choir, the Women's Fellowship Ministry as well as the Deacon and Usher Boards. Serving now as the Executive Director of Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church's Project Manna Program, Reverend Brown's work as one of God's missionaries has followed her throughout her life's journey as she is committed to promoting the interests and welfare of those who are unable to promote themselves and actively advocating for the advancement of people of color and those whom God puts in her path. She truly has a heart for ministry, service, and living life to the Glory of God.