In 1923, The Solid Rock Baptist
Church was organized in the home of The Reverend and Sister B. Randall. Reverend Thomas, Reverend Tener, and many
others were a part of this organization.
Tradition has it that the church name was suggested by Sister Alberta
Randall. The newly formed Solid Rock
Missionary Baptist Church met in a rented house located at Grady Avenue and
Glenn Street. On October 18, 1923, The
Reverend J.W. Calhoun was called to the pastorate of the church. He served until December 22, 1923.
On January 2, 1924, Solid Rock
Baptist Church called The Reverend G.L. Spears as pastor. There was continued growth under his dynamic
leadership, which necessitated moving into a larger facility. With some 100 members on roll, the
congregation moved into its Farrington Avenue sanctuary. The church, its members praying consistently,
continued to grow.
In January 1926, the pastor and
deacons asked the church to ordain The Reverend E.D. James to serve as
assistant pastor. His duty was to assist
the Mothers in their programs and serve in the absence of the pastor. Reverend Spears served as pastor until
January, 1927. Reverend James led the church as an interim pastor until a new
minister was named.
On March 4, 1927, the church
called The Reverend S.M. Johnson. He
served until May 1927, when he was called to eternal rest. On August 5, 1927,
the church called The Reverend P.T. Steels as its leader. Reverend Steels
served until March 1929, the time at which the congregation discovered that it
had not rightly acquired the Farrington Avenue property. The returning owners laid claim to the
property. As this was happening, Reverend Steels left the congregation.
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