The church was without a pastor from November until May 9, 1958 when Rev. E. B. Dunbar became the pastor. Under Rev. Dunbar the church grew numerically, spiritually, financially and morally. He pastured Antioch for 21 years, retiring in 1978 when his health began to fail. Upon the resignation of Rev. Dunbar, Rev. Prince Hatchett, a son of Rev. Dunbar’s ministry, was called in 1979. Rev. Hatchett pastured Antioch for six years, resigning November 1985.
Rev. Curtis Crawford, Jr., another son of Rev. Dunbar, was extended the call. Rev. Crawford became the acting pastor in November and accepted the pastorate May 1986. He was installed on July 29, 1986. Under the pastorate of Rev. Crawford we were blessed to purchase land on Dixie Highway where we constructed this $2,000,000.00 edifice where we are worshiping now. Rev. Crawford tendered his resignation January 2004 and we were without a pastor once again. On July 10, 2004 another son of Rev. Dunbar was called to fill the vacated pulpit, in the person of Rev. Woodie Morris McElvaney.
Rev. McElvaney was installed on August 22, 2004. Under the pastorate of Rev. McElvaney, the church has grown in number and in spirit. We are blessed and highly favored. During Rev. McElvaney’s tenure as Pastor of Antioch, many new members have been added to the church and their names added to the rolls of heaven. We also purchased a new Church Van and a Twenty-six passenger bus that has proven to be a great blessing to our Church family. One of the greatest blessings has been the liquidation of our Church Mortgage. On April 3, 2016, the members and friends were a part of history in the burning of the Church Mortgage. Antioch is now debt free.
In November of 2016, Rev. McElvaney under the inspiration of God announced to the congregation his desire to retire because of health reasons. He also shared with the congregation that God had revealed to him that Rev. Eric T. French, Sr. would be his successor. On January 3, 2016, Antioch elected Rev. Eric Timothy French, Sr. as the next Pastor of Antioch. In a demonstration of God’s grace and guidance, Rev. McElvaney and Rev. French co-pastor Antioch from July 1, 2016 until Rev. McElvaney’s retirement on June 30, 2017. The result was a smooth and blessed transition of leadership. On July 23, 2017, Rev. French was installed as Pastor of Antioch on by Dr. F. Bruce Williams and the Bates Memorial Baptist Church. Together, Rev. French and Antioch have begun the journey of a lifetime to continue the long history of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church helping nonbelievers become fully devoted followers of Christ.
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