39 YEARS OF CHURCH HISTORY
(updated December 8, 2016)
Community Baptist Church of Greater Milwaukee (CBCGM) became a reality as a result of a vision manifested on Sunday, December 9,1977 at the home of Pastor Roy B. Nabors and Mrs. Betty J. Nabors. Four couples met and were led by the Holy Spirit to commence a bold mission ministry to declare the gospel of redemption to the community. Pastor Roy B. Nabors was elected Pastor and Roosevelt Savage Sr. was elected Assistant Minister.
On Sunday, December 25, 1977 the first worship was held at the LaVarnway Boy’s Club. Preaching, teaching and healing (Matthew 4:23) have been the hallmark of CBCGM’s holistic approach to ministry ever since. Each accomplishment realized to date has been a direct result of that original vision and mission.
Worship during the first five years was held at five separate locations. Hardship seemed ever-present, yet in spite of the many trials, the church persevered and in December of 1982 we were rewarded with the beautiful edifice we occupy today. CBCGM has been bountifully blessed with exceptional growth throughout the years. Over twenty ministries have been nurtured to meet the needs of the community under the dedicated and prosperous leadership of Dr. Roy B. Nabors. On January 1, 2009, after providing respected and recognized leadership not only for CBCGM but also for the church community and city at large, Dr. Roy B. Nabors retired from the Pastorate of CBCGM. Before retiring Dr. Nabors insured a smooth transition of leadership by instituting an “apprentice model” of leadership transition. Rev. Dr. Demetrius Williams served as Dr. Nabors’ assistant for over two years and was groomed to assume the pastorate of the church.
On January 2, 2009 the Rev. Dr. Demetrius K. Williams began serving as the second Pastor of our great church. Like his predecessor, he seeks to carry out God’s will and to help God’s children discern God’s word and way. With Jesus as the head and guide of the church, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Dr. Williams and CBCGM are moving our church forward to becoming the epicenter of our community, committed to building transformative ministries by serving God and others.
Our ministries are flourishing. They provide immeasurable love, joy, hope and more for our people. The Music Ministry consists of the Mass Choir, Male Choir, and the Cherub Choir. We have two additional praise groups, i.e., Worshippers in Dance, and Angels in Dance.
Our Educational Ministries include Sunday School, Bible Study, PLACE Ministries, Community Child Care, Ltd. (CCC); Community Tutoring, the Earnest and Clara Lewis Scholarship Fund and our Children and Youth Ministries which encompasses Christian Education, Mission, and Building Lives Around Spiritual Truths (BLAST) Bible Study. Our outreach ministries are comprised of, the Women’s Retreat Ministry; Wonderfully Made Single Women’s Ministry; the Brotherhood; the Men’s Network; the Prison Ministry; Helping Hands Ministry; Mission Ministry; Love and Kindness Ministry.
Our focus on the community has been further fortified by fruitful alliances with numerous churches as well as other community organizations including our alliance with the grassroots community organization Common Ground. We have continued our participation in Milwaukee Associates in Ministry (A.I.M.). A.I.M. is a fellowship centered on supporting the ministries of each church and cultivating effective leaders. The Men’s Network/Brotherhood participated in outreach in the Sherman Park Community in which they committed to pray, witness, and fight after the events that occurred. This labor of love has enhanced our church and community in a mighty way and we shall continue directing our attention and efforts in these areas.
2016 has been a glorious year filled with continual blessings. We now have only one church service at 9 a.m. thus making us more unified as a church. After the completion of our elevator and floor upgrade in the fellowship hall last year, we have now moved into phase 2 of our accessibility project. The garage roof on the parish house was recently done and work has begun to renovate the men’s and women’s bathrooms. The Media Ministry continues to help us enhance our worship experience and also minister to those who are
homebound. Our church website www.cbcgm.org and Facebook page continue to keep us informed and serve as a catalyst for reaching the greater community.
We thank & praise God for truly we have been engaging our assignment and making disciples. We remain committed to do all that He has commissioned us to do to build our church family, our community, and His kingdom here on earth. We remain confident because Jesus promised to be with us as we meet every challenge & overcome every obstacle. He has shown us that if He is for us so who shall be against us? With exceeding humility & appreciation we remain on this great faith journey. We eagerly anticipate the many
milestones we will surpass “for in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loves us.”
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sister Jessica Adesuyi, Church Historian