The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church was founded on May 17, 1964 by The Rev. William H. Hall. The charter members were Mother Belle Hall, Deacon Louis Byrd, Deacon Charlie Moore, Louis Bentley, Clara Byrd, James Cannon, Anne Cannon, Gladys Griffin, Leo Griffin, Priscilla Griffin, Hosea Jenkins, Delores Jinks, Sadie Johnson, Sarah Senior, Mary Smith, and James Walston. The name “Friendship” was given by Mother Belle Hall, the wife of Rev. Hall, the founding pastor. Friendship Church worshiped in various locations until purchasing a house of worship at 280 Star Street. On November 30, 1976, The Reverend William Hall was called from labor to reward.
The Late Rev. Julian Taylor served as Interim Minister until the congregation called the Reverend James Curtis Johnson in September of 1977. Under Reverend Johnson’s ministry Friendship Baptist Church flourished, necessitating the need for a larger facility. On August 1, 1993, the church held its first worship service at its current facility, 26 Edwards Street. At 26 Edwards Street, Friendship gained close to 8000 square feet of space to conduct its worship services and various ministries, including a sanctuary that seats from 350-400, a Fellowship hall that seats 120, additional office space, and a parking lot with space for 60 automobiles. After thirty years of faithful service, Reverend Johnson retired, effective June, 30, 2008. The church voted to appoint Reverend Brian Bellamy to serve as the Interim Pastor, effective July 1, 2008.
On April 3, 2009, The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church prayerfully and unanimously voted that Reverend Bellamy become the church’s third Pastor. Under Reverend Bellamy’s leadership, Friendship is experiencing spiritual and numerical growth. He has come to the church with a vision to move the congregation from, “Potential to Power” and the best is yet to come!