Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
26 Edwards St HamdenCT 06517 (203)776-9147~~~~~(Email) friendshipbaptisthamden@gmail.com
History

 

Reverend Hall

 

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, the church has adopted a mission to “Reach-up in worship to God; Reach-in to demonstrate love to one another, and to Reach-out to serve the community.” Thus far under Rev. Dr. Bellamy’s tenure the church has been blessed to become debt-free through early mortgage payoff; to acquire additional investment property for future development; and to revive old ministries and create new ministries in service to God, church and community. Most importantly many souls have been saved and added to the church.