On January 12, 1930, the members still meeting in the courthouse as the sanctuary was completed, walked in double file from the courthouse to the new sanctuary

In her 80 years, the church has had eight pastors, Dr. C. C. Warren, Dr. Elwyn Wilkerson, Dr. Ralph Couey, Dr. Elroy Lamb, Dr. Austin Roberts, Dr. Robert Baker, Dr. Tim Noel, and myself....

The history of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church can never be totally told, for much that has made her has never been spoken aloud—thousands of personal prayers have undergirded her; there have been fears, perhaps doubts—yet the evidence of faith and hard work have been known felt and seen.

No, her story cannot be fully told, for it is not fully written for it is still being lived out in the lives and faith of people like you and me.  We are the benefactors of those whose faith has preceded us.  We will pass on that faith to new generations to come.  And then, on the great day of the Lord's return, her story will be completed.  Until that day we remain God's faithful servants, known still as the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church.

(Pastor Tommy Valentine at the 80th Anniversary, Sunday, December 2, 2007)

Additional Resources

Staff and Former Staff (A list compiled by Eloise Roberts in 2012)

80th Anniversary Worship
(Pastor Tommy Valentine's Words at the 80th Anniversary, Sunday, December 2, 2007.)

75th Anniversary Celebration Booklet (with pictures)

Historical Overview at the 75th Anniversary
(Historical Overview and Chronological History written by Dr. Glen Taul for the 75th Anniversary Celebration, 2002.)

Kept in His Love at the 50th Anniversary
(A play about the history of Lexington Avenue Baptist Church written by Marjorie Easterly and performed at the 50th Anniversary Celebration.)