We praise God that you have chosen to visit our Website. It
is our prayer that you will find something that would draw you
closer to having a personal relationship with Christ if you
are not a believer and if you are we praise God even more for
We are a Bible teaching and preaching church,
whose focus is to win souls for Christ, build disciples
and encourage the hearts of believers. As we seek
to fulfill our mission, the ministries of Messiah are designed
to support kingdom building, strengthen families, and meet
the ever-growing needs of Christians in todays culture.
We invite you to come and experience the gospel of Jesus
Christ with us at any time. We have a place for everyone to
study the Scriptures, fellowship together, and minister to
others through numerous service opportunities and outreach
Our Pastor, Rev. Dr. Clifton Rhodes, Jr. is fully
committed to teaching the word of God, to living according
to the word of God and preaching the word of God. In June
1972 Pastor Clifton Rhodes was called to Pastor and was installed
as Pastor of Messiah on August 20, 1972.
Messiah is the oldest black Baptist church in Grand Rapids,
Michigan. Messiah Missionary Baptist Church was founded in
1890 by Sister Catherine Carter and was organized with the
help of Rev. Holt, a Baptist Minister from Amesburg, Canada.
On September 16, 1890 Messiah Missionary Baptist Church was
officially recorded as a church by the state of Michigan in
the county of Kent. The Reverend Gillard was the first pastor,
serving for five years. Under his pastorate our present site
was purchased and a wooden frame building erected.