|History - Macedonia Baptist Church, Kansas City|
In 1916, Reverend Charles S. Sanders, a member of the Second Baptist Church in Independence, Missouri, answered the call of the Lord to organize a Mission at 2104 Harrison Street. This mission later became Macedonia Baptist Church. Rev. Sanders served the congregation as pastor for seven years.
Between March and August of 1923, two pastors served: Rev. Jackson Smith from Arkansas and Rev. L. C. Rice. Rev. Preston Allen, Sr., was installed as pastor on September 23, 1923. Under his leadership, the building on Harrison was purchased for $800 and many improvements were made. In 1933, the congregation burned the mortgage. Macedonia continued at this location for seventeen years. Macedonias second building at 2205 Troost was purchased for $1,500 in 1940.
While worshipping at this location, the Rev. Ike Richardson, an associate minister, answered the call of the Holy Spirit to establish a mission which later became the Welcome Baptist Church. Still growing, the congregation needed more room to worship. In 1955, a contract was made to purchase the Benton Boulevard Baptist Church building at 2455 Benton Blvd. for the sum of $45,000. On Sunday, June 17, 1957, the congregation formed a parade and the church marched from the Troost address to the newly purchased building on Benton Blvd. On September 21, 1971, the Rev. Preston Allen, Sr. retired from the pulpit after 49 years of service. Shortly afterwards on January 23, 1972, Rev. Preston Allen, Jr. was appointed to fill the position as pastor.
In 1972, the mortgage note on the church was paid in full. Under the leadership of Rev. Preston Allen, Jr., Macedonia Baptist Church was placed on the City Records as a Historic Landmark. Former President Harry S. Truman was baptized in the facility when it was Benton Boulevard Baptist Church.) On December 31, 1996, Rev. Preston Allen, Jr. retired as pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, serving 25 years and is currently Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Leslie Sims, assistant to Pastor Allen, Jr., served as the interim pastor until members of Macedonia Baptist Church were blessed with a new pastor, Pastor John Leslie Brooks. Pastor John Leslie Brooks, having previously served as an associate minister of Macedonia Baptist Church, began his pastorate on May 4, 1997.
Since Pastor Brooks became the pastor of Macedonia, there have been major renovations had made to our old facility, including a new roof, pews in the balcony, carpet, refurbished restrooms, etc. thirty-nine new ministries have been established, a church newsletter was started and a church historian was assigned. As Macedonia continued to experience numerical growth, a second worship service was added in October 2001. Having designed a program for new ministers, Pastor Brooks has developed eighteen associates ministers and two were ordained in 2011.
In 2003, a full-time administrative assistant was hired by Macedonia, Tanya Comeaux (note: Sister Goldie Gorman served as Executive Secretary under Preston Allen Sr., Preston Allen Jr., and Pastor Brooks and continues to serve in that position). And Dr. Antoine Richardson devoted himself to full-time ministry as our Youth Pastor in July of 2003. In 2007, Macedonia added to its staff an Office Manager and Building & Grounds position. In 2008, a part-time Financial Secretary was added (now full-time).
Under the leadership of Pastor Brooks, a major building fund campaign was launched in 1999, with the 5-year goal to raise $1 million dollars toward building a new facility. That goal was reached as of May 2004. December of 2003, Macedonia Baptist Church acquired land at Linwood and Woodland from the Kansas City Missouri School District for $189,000.00. In 2005, Dubois Consultants was hired to draw architectural plans for our new edifice. On May 18, 2007, a contract was signed with Merit Construction for our $5,150,000.00 Church. On July 15, 2007 Macedonia held our Ground breaking ceremony and construction began. In 2009 we saw the steeple raise on the new edifice and furniture to include pews and office furniture were placed in the new church.
With construction nearly completed we write another chapter in the history of Macedonia Baptist Church where we strive to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On October 16, 2010 a parade of Macedonians and fellow well-wishers marched from 2455 Benton to 1700 E. Linwood Blvd. to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting and moving into the 4th location in over 96 years, of Macedonia Baptist Church. On Sunday, October 17, 2010 Macedonia had its first Sunday School and Worship Service at the new facility. Also, on October 17th at 4pm, Macedonia had a dedication service where Congressman, Pastor Emmanuel Cleaver II brought a message of hope and evangelism to the Macedonia Baptist Church family and Pastor Vernon Armitage admonished us to prepare for the yet to comes. Macedonia welcomed friends, neighbors and the Kansas City community to fellowship with us as we strive to grow in the Grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, January 30, 2011 Macedonia held its final worship service at 2455 Benton Blvd and on Sunday, February 6, 2011 moved permanently into 1700 E. Linwood Blvd location. Since our move-in many people have joined Macedonia. We have had 3 mission trips to Joplin, Mo., to assist in disaster relief in wake of a tornado. And Macedonia has resumed the clothes-give-away, added two service in February, added live stream from the web, added partitions and completed the lower lever youth area, held our first Teen Revival March 28th & 29th 2012, started Teen church April 1, 2012.
Macedonia has announced the start of the next phase of completion of our building, which will give us more classrooms, another conference room, multi-purpose area which includes walking track.
Macedonia Baptist Church, 1700 Linwood, KCMO 64109 816.241.1431