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OUR HISTORY

In 1963, a group of concerned Baptized believers met at the Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to organize as an association of like churches for the cause and purpose of Kingdom Building.

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In 1963, a group of concerned Baptized believers met at the Metropolitan New Testament Mission Baptist Church under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to organize as an association of like churches for the cause and purpose of Kingdom Building. After much thought, discussion and prayer, Reverends Eula M. Holmes and Minnie L. Burns suggested that the name of the association be: The Hudson River Frontier Missionary Baptist Association. Their suggestion was unanimously approved heralding a united fellowship of churches that would stand to celebrate its Golden Jubilee Year.

The Charter of the newly formed Association, was comprised of the following seven Baptist congregations in the Capital District and surrounding areas: Macedonia Baptist Church, (under the pastorate of the late Reverend Dr. George L. Burns), Metropolitan NTM Baptist Church, (under the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. John Holmes), Mt Calvary Baptist Church (under the pastorate of the late Oliver J. Brooks, Riverview Baptist Church (under the pastorate of the late Rev. Samuel B. Sutton), Second Baptist Church, (under the pastorate of the late Raymond Jones), Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, (under the pastorate of the late Rev William Roland) and Union Missionary Baptist Church, ( under the pastorate of the late Rev Louis C. Brewer). 

To assure the association’s Spiritual growth and development, the following auxiliary and departments were sanctioned and approved by the Hudson River Parent Body at its conception: Women’s Auxiliary, Laymen’s Department, Pastor’s Department, Deacon’s Department, and the Trustee Board Department.

The Women’s Auxiliary was charged within the Hudson River Constitution and By-laws as follows “To elect a president who would be ‘a beacon light’ for her followers, to give them a greater outlook on the associational responsibility, and to keep a well-prepared workable program before them at all times”. The following Departments were established under the auspices of Hudson River’s Women’s Auxiliary: The Deaconess, the Usher’s, the Music, and the Young Missionary’s Departments.

Encouraged and financially supported by the Parent Body, the Women’s Auxiliary became actively involved in both the Empire Baptist Missionary and the National Baptist Conventions. These affiliations continue, to this day.

In the 1970’s the following auxiliaries and committees were established and added to the association: The Capital District Congress of Christian Education, the Late Moderator William V. Callahan, Founder; Rev Dr. George Burns, Dean; Committee on Evangelism. The Usher/Hostesses Auxiliary which was later re-named the Ushers and Nurses Auxiliary and the Sunday School and BTU Auxiliary, which later gave rise to the Hudson River Congress of Christian Education, Commission on Missions, and the Dr. George L. Burns Scholarship Committee.

As a result of spiritual discernment and wise leadership over the years, the following Moderator Appointed Positions have strengthened the organizational structure of Hudson River, namely: Parliamentarian, Director of Christian Education, Congress Dean of Christian Education, Time and Place Chairman, Budget Director, New Bodies Committee, Resolutions Committee, Ordination Council and Historian the first of which was the late Rev Ernest Hamilton. 

The next four decades these pastors and congregations would unite with the Hudson River as this great body of Christian witness continued to fulfill the mission of Christ:

baptist temple

Under the pastorate of Rev. Saul S. Williams.

Bethany baptist church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Brookward Bush.

Day spring baptist church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Mary A. Felton.

Universal Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Minnie L. Burns.

Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Ernest Hamilton.

Morning Star Baptist church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Pleasant J. Foy, Sr.

Mt Moriah Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Cleveland A. Everett.

Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Odell Surgick.

Mt Olivet Baptist Church (Saratoga)

Under the pastorate of Rev. Odell Surgick.

Mt Olivet Baptist Church (Schenectady)

Under the pastorate of Rev. Albert J. Holman.

Mt Pleasant Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Edward E. Johnson.

Mt Zion Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Rexford P. Charlow.

Oak Grove Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Jackie Robinson.

Holy Trinity Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Norman Macklin.

Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Beresford Bailey.

Welcome Chapel Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of late Rev George Collins.

Elijah Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Clemor McKnight.

Ebenezer Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of William J. Harris.

New Hope Baptist Church

Under the leadership of Deaconate Chairman, Roy Harvin.

St. James Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Charles Riggins.

Christ Center Unity Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Michael Williams.

New Jerusalem Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Rev Norman Macklin.

Shiloh Baptist Church

Under the pastorate of Rev. Ronald Grant.

Hudson River Missionary Baptist Associaton

LOVE THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, SOUL,
AND MIND.

Deuteronomy 15:10 (ESV)

“You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake,”

SALUTATIONS

We salute those countless number of Hudson River members who have served in various areas in the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention as well as our National Baptist convention down through the years. We acknowledge with humble gratitude those members who have served in leadership positions in the State and National work. Here listed is but a sampling of those who have and continue to service.

 Rev. Leonard Comithier: Area Vice President, EBMC Parent Body, Vice President, EBMC Congress of Christian Education

 Rev. Norman Macklin: Vice President at large EBMC Congress of Christian Education

 Rev. William E. Morgan: Area Vice President, Finance Committee EBMC Parent Body

 Rev. Willie J. Stovall: Area Vice President EBMC Parent Body

 Rev. Richard D. Turpin, Area 4 Vice President EBMC Parent Body

 Mrs. Zelda Foy & Mrs. Pecolia Macklin, President: EBMC Minister’s Wives & Widows

 First Lady Pecolia Mackin, President Emerita of EBMC Minister Wives & Widows

 Deacon James Josey, President: EBMC Laymen

 Rev. Dr. Elgin Joseph Taylor, Sr., President: EBMC, President: EBMC Young People’s Department, General Secretary, Vice President at Large, Parent Body, 

 Deaconess Juanita Edwards: President, EBMC Ushers & Nurses; 1st Vice President NBC Ushers & nurses, Ushers & Nurses; Supervisor of NBC Nurses

 Mrs. Joanne Smith: NE Regional Vice President, NBC Ushers & Nurses

HRfMBA MODERATORS

*Deceased

1963 - 1967*

Reverend Dr. John B. Holmes

Metropolitan NTM Baptist Church

1967 - 1970*

Reverend Lewis C. BreweR

Union Missionary Baptist Church

1970 - 1973*

Reverend Dr. George L. Burns

Macedonia Baptist Church

1973 - 1976*

Reverend Dr. Oliver J. Brooks

Mt Calvary Baptist Church

1976 - 1979

Reverend William Roland

Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church

1979 - 1982*

Reverend William V. Callahan

Riverview Baptist Church

1982 - 1985*

Reverend Cleveland EveretT

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church

1985 - 1988*

Reverend Hayward Bellamy

Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church

1988 - 1991*

Reverend Albert J. Holman

Mt Olivet Baptist Church (Sch)

1991 - 1994*

Reverend Pleasant J. Foy

Morning Star Baptist Church

1994 - 1997

Reverend Jackie Robinson

Oak Grove Baptist Church

1997 - 2000

Reverend Willie J. Stovall

Mt Olive SM Baptist Church

2000 - 2003

Reverend Leonard D. Comithier

Macedonia Baptist Church

2003 - 2006*

Reverend Dr. Robert Bradley

Morning Star Baptist Church

2006 - 2008*

Reverend Willis Bruton

Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church

2008 - 2010

Reverend Dr. Norman Macklin

New Hope Baptist Church

2010 - 2013

Reverend Richard D. Turpin

Second Baptist Church

2013 - 2016

Reverend Dr. Elgin Joseph Taylor

Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church

2016 - 2019

Reverend Leonard A. Oates

Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church

2019 - 2022

Reverend Antonio Booth

Riverview Baptist Church

2022 -

Reverend Constance Knight

Welcome Chapel Baptist Church

Rev. Constance Knight was elected as the first female Moderator of Association and the first female Moderator in the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention.

I WILL PRAISE THEE WITH MY WHOLE HEART.

This Association has been organized for the purpose of Kingdom Building.

Whereas, the Almighty God, hath impelled us to think of the necessity of unanimity in promoting the Gospel message of “Good News and Glad Tidings” to impoverished mankind, and being motivated and led in though through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this Association has been organized for the purpose of Kingdom Building.

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