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Church History

1895 - 2015

1891 - Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Inc. began at Union Chapel (Plymouth Church) in 1891. At that time, the Black worshippers were not accustomed to the style of worship services at Union Chapel, and they were desirous in having their own church.

1895 - Reverend S.A. Sampson and 56 members organized the first church in the home of Mrs. Edith Albury. It was then called the Fifty-Six Baptist Church. God’s blessings rained on this organization. Count Jean D’Hedouville gave the members land on Thomas Avenue to erect a place of worship. The church was then named St. Agnes.

1903 – The church was moved from Thomas Avenue to Charles Avenue, where another edifice was erected.

May 25, 1922 - The name of the church was changed again to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. Deacon Washington and Deacon Burney played the primary role in changing the name of the church.

June 1948 - The location of the church was changed to its present site.

1976 - It was incorporated and its name became Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Miami Incorporated. The organization of this church is significant in South Florida’s history because it was the first church on the South Florida mainland to be organized by Blacks. “A people without a vision will perish.”

Shepherds of the Flock (1895-1939)

Rev. S.A. Sampson, Organizer and Founder

Succeeding Rev. Sampson were Rev. J.P. Watson and Rev. Yates. Rev. E.G. Guilford annexed the former church on Charles Avenue by 25 feet and organized the first church choir. He was followed by Rev. J.E. Nicholson, Rev. George Sneed, Rev. W.M. Driver, and Rev. Whitaker.

Rev. J.A.F. Finlayson (1939-1970)

He built the present edifice in 1948 and built the parsonage on Charles Avenue in 1957. He acquired additional property on Williams Avenue for future expansion, organized Choir Number Two, developed an active Youth Council, and involved the church in civic and community affairs.

Rev. Finlayson left an example legacy:

  • Educate young people in the religious world as well as the secular world.
  • Be involved in local and global concerns.
  • Plan church programs that meet the social and spiritual needs of its members and the community.
  • The key to spiritual growth is involvement and commitment to Christ. 

Rev. Finlayson pastored Macedonia Baptist Church for 31 years. He left a strong church organization that was spiritually sound and financially secure. In addition to pastoring Macedonia, he was President of Florida State Baptist Association and an officer of the National Baptist Association.

Reverend Phillip Cooper (1970-1976)

During Rev. Cooper’s tenure, the Youth Department was given great impetus. The “thirteen deacon as ward leaders” concept was organized as well. In addition, the utilization of collection plates to ascertain offerings and tithes were used.

Rev. Cooper brought dignity to the worship services by having a prelude of music before church started. He used the Hospitality Committee extensively and had the first blueprints for the elevator drawn. As a gifted musician, he saw that the music of the church was balanced between gospels, hymns, and spirituals.

During his tenure, the church was incorporated with the State of Florida, and 11 members were selected for the Board of Directors to manage the business of the church. The name of the church was changed to Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of Miami, Incorporated.

Due to the incorporation criteria, Rev. Cooper was encouraged to resign. He vacated the pastorship of Macedonia and organized St. Matthews Baptist Church in 1976.

Reverend Arthur Jordan (1976-1981)

Under his leadership, the church was redecorated and refurbished, and the Jordanaires Choir was organized. The fellowship hall became air conditioned and the “Love Circle” was instituted during the Lord’s Supper.

Rev. Jordan also started a financial drive to purchase a church van. He was adamant about the attendance of Sunday School teachers for the Sunday School teachers’ meeting. It was then that the “No Meeting, No Teaching” policy was established.

He was an avid supporter of Civil Rights for Blacks and made the church aware of the history and plight of Blacks in America.

1981 to 1983

The church was void of a pastor from 1981 to 1983. Deacon Charlie Sinkler, Chairman of the Deacon Board, and Mrs. Arlene Broxton, Chairman of the Board of Directors, kept the church in unity. The church was spiritually in-filled and financially secure. The parsonage was improved and refurbished. Choir Number One began a financial drive to obtain a decorative fence.

Reverend Rudolph Daniels 1983 - 2017

Through his leadership and petitioning, the church was accepted back into the Florida East Coast Association, and former members who left in 1976 with Rev. Cooper returned to Macedonia.

Ordained deacons and ministers:

  • Deacon James Chandler, Jr. (RIP)
  • Twyman Bentley, Sr. (RIP)
  • Herbert Williams, Sr.
  • Hollis Bostic

  • Michael Douglas
  • Danny Couch
  • Frank Hall
  • Michael Shiver

  • Marc Ogletree
  • Russell McNorton (RIP)
  • Early Fleming

Accepted as transferred deacons:

  • James R. Bethel
  • Horace Davis

  • Eugene Scippio (RIP)

  • Walter Woods (RIP)

Rev. Daniels’ tutelage inspired licensed preachers:

  • Rev. Robert C. Smith
  • Horace Davis

  • Eugene Scippio (RIP)
  • Kenneth Finkley

  • James Jackson III

Evidenced by Rev. Daniels’ love and compassion for his fellow man, Macedonia has gained an honorable reputation for opening its doors to the community to comfort and assist those with a hurting need.

Being a quartet singer and having an affinity and gift for singing, Rev. Daniels started the Male chorus and reorganized all the former choirs. Drums and new organs were purchased as well.

New ministries include:

  • Willing Workers for Christ
  • Noon Day Prayer Warriors

  • Angel Tree Ministry
  • Jail Ministry

  • Pastor’s Scholarship
  • Pastor’s Aide Board

Under Rev. Daniels’ leadership, capital improvements were made: the church was refurbished, the elevator and fence were completed, the church grounds were paved, and the church van and mini bus were purchased.

Roslyn Scippio-Sparks, with the approval of Rev. Daniels, started an After-School Tutorial and Enrichment Program (A-STEP) that was open to the children of the community. This program led to the renewal of fellowship with Plymouth Congregational Church.

Plymouth was actively involved in A-STEP by providing financial support and tutors. Mr. Gordan Fales of Plymouth and Roslyn Scippio-Sparks were very instrumental in bridging the gap between Macedonia and Plymouth. From this reunion, the churches started to have annual worship services together on Good Friday.

Celebrating Decades-Old History

Macedonia’s roots are like that of a redwood tree: intertwined throughout the nation and the Miami-Dade County. Because of this, Macedonia does not bend when the strong winds of life come but holds on like a tree planted by the waters. By the Will and Grace of God, our roots shall not be removed.