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Church History from our Deacon Emeritus Jessie L. Corbitt



A Historical Look

The Church Structure

March 1962, was the beginning of the organization of the church at the home of Sis. Laverne and Bro. Harvey Rivers, 521 Canon Street, Daytona Beach, Florida, under the leadership of Rev. Joseph James Jenkins. The church derived its name from Sis. Maude P. Kirksey.

After the church was organized at the home, Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church, located on Rose Street and pastored by the Rev. Leroy Baker, granted the group privilege to have services there on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.

On the lot purchased by The Willing Workers Club, stood an old wood frame house which was cleared out by Rev. R. R. Nobles. This frame house became The New St. James Missionary Baptist Church and the group marched into the building on August 3, 1962.

“And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things?” Romans 10:1

Our Leaders Past and Present

Rev. Joseph James Jenkins

God, in His infinite wisdom, guided Rev. Joseph James Jenkins to lead His people into New St. James on August 3, 1962. After a few short years, Rev. Jenkins went to be with our Lord on March 28, 1965.

Rev. S. M. Stirks

“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman wake th but in vain.” Psalm 127:1

The Rev. S. M. Stirks was appointed Pastor in April 1965. Under the leadership of Rev. Stirks, the building of New St. James, as it stands today, came into existence. Rev. Stirks was Pastor for 15 years until his health failed him.

Pastor Tommie D. Robinson

Rev. Tommie D. Robinson, Sr., became Pastor in 1980 and served faithfully and diligently for 18 years until he prayerfully submitted his resignation in April of 1998.

Pastor C. L. Robinson

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Pastor C. L. Robinson preached his first sermon as the Pastor of New St. James on January 19, 1999. He is an anointed Pastor, teacher, and loves the Lord with all of his heart. Numerous aspects of our church continue to evolve under his leadership.

Associate Pastors

Pastor Eddie Weaver worked faithfully alongside Rev. S. M. Stirks and with Pastor Tommie D. Robinson until his death on October 19, 1992. Pastor Solomon Edwards assisted Pastor Tommie D. Robinson.


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