Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church
A Congregation
                 "Building God's Kingdom Together"
                               3411 Dearborn Drive Durham, NC 27704
                             Rev. Ronald P. Waldon Jr., Pastor
                             (919) 220-7366

Church History

We’re a Congregation who worship with a sincere heart with high expectations of looking for a blessing from the Lord.

    Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church inception was November 12, 1966, with an initial meeting at the home of Brother Henry Reddish, Sr.  At the meeting, representatives of the church formulated plans for the start of an independent body of worshippers.  Among those present and taking an active part in the planning were Brothers Henry Reddish Sr., Bennie Holman, Walter Walker, J.W. Greene, Allen Reddish, Abner Mason, Willie Gray, George Fuller, Theodore McLaurin, Harvey Parker, Maynard Jones, and Charles Reddish.  Also present were Sisters Alice Wilson, Mildred Gray, Elizabeth Jones, Edna Mae Reddish, Nora McDuffie, and Annie Gattis. The following officers were elected: Bro. Walter Walker and J.W. Greene, Co-Chairmen of the Deacon Board; Sis. Elizabeth Jones, Clerk; Sis. Hortense Holman, Assistant Clerk; and Bro. Bennie Holman, Treasurer. It was decided that we would request the use of Lakeview School as our meeting site until such time that we could secure land a building of our own.  Thankfully, this request was granted by the Durham County Board of Education.  Having faith in God and confidence in man, we had our first service on Sunday, November 20, 1966 with both a Sunday School and Morning Worship Service.  The Rev. J.T. Dunston preached our first sermon.  Deacon Walter Walker presided over our first service. After inviting several ministers to preach, we secured the services of Rev. Clifton Bullock and Rev. B.A. Mack to preach on alternating Sundays as Interim Pastors.  During the illness of Rev. Bullock, Rev. Ralph Holloway serves as the Pastor. Meanwhile, plans were underway to create a permanent home of our own.  It was at this time that Brothers Henry and Allen Reddish were paid $1,000 for an acre of land on which to build the church. Our first financial rally was a great success.  On May 21, 1967, we convened at The New Home and Durham Convention Home on Guess Road with Rev. George Brooks as our guest speaker.  His subject was “Give Me the Mountain.”  This theme was later carried out in a picture painted by Bro. George Mitchell, which is located in the church.  The total amount raised at this rally was $2,126.55. Among non-members who made significant cash contributions were Brother Arthur Pearce and McKinley Tabron.  It is impossible to name all the contributors to our worthy cause, but a few do warrant mentioning.  Dr. Dillard Teer provided all of the equipment for clearing the land and digging the basement, finished carpet, central heat and air conditioning for the Chruch.  Later, in 1969, Mr. Teer donated hymnals in the memory of Bro, Dorsey Holman.  The Piedmont Minerals Company, the employer of Rev. Mack, gave a financial contribution, field dirt, and furnished the trucks for the haul to and from Hillsborough, NC.  Trustee George Fuller used some of his influences in getting building materials and the building permit for the Church.  We wish to give thanks to all members and friends for their contributions. On the following Friday, June 4, 1967, we pushed the basement in our first excavation.  From that time until the completion of the Church, the following men became our contractors and builders; Brothers Henry Reddish, George Fuller, Harvey Parker, Deacon J.W. Greene, Willie Gray, Abner Mason Sr., Bennie Holman, Maynard Jones, Theodore McLaurin, Allen Reddish, Charles Reddish, and Dan Jones.  Little Dan, at the age of 12, worked along side the men. We have been blessed by God to have a 7,000 square foot church with a sanctuary, a full basement with five Sunday school classrooms, an assembly room, a complete kitchen, two complete bathrooms with ceramic tile, central heating, and air conditioning. We accomplished this building effort in two and half years because we all had a mind set to work.  Friends of Lakeview contributed many days of free labor by laying bricks and finishing cement.  Meanwhile, the women of the Church furnished food and drink for the men as they worked. Some additions to our history of those who gave are as follow: Sister Ethel Stanfield gave the porthole windows in the front of the Church; Brothers Willie Gray, Bennie Holman, and Dorsey Holman gave the extra glass frontage in the foyer.  The pews were purchased under the guidance of Brothers Harvey Tilley, Harvey Parker, and Charles Reddish.  Mrs. Lillie Parker furnished flowers for the Church for many years.

            The following is a chronological listing of all the pastors of Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church and the notable accomplishments under their leadership:

            On October 16, 1969, Rev. B.A. Mack was called as the pastor.  The Church officers: Chairmen of Deacon Board were Deacon Walter and Deacon Bennie Holman Sr., Church Clerk was Sister Altheria Reddish; Assistant Church Clerk was Sister Hortense Holman; Treasurer was Deacon Bennie Holman Sr., Financial Secretary was Deacon Willie Gray; Chairman of Trustee Board was Brother George Fuller.

            Throughout the years, Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church was blessed with many dynamic pastors.  Those pastors are as follow:

            1971 – Rev. Clifton Bullock

            1982 – Rev. James Lily

            1988 – Rev. Allandus Wright

            1997 – Rev. Larrell L. Freeman

            2008 – Rev. Michael D. Rogers

Due to the many transitions, Lakeview has seen members come and go.  However, our congregation has still grown, through God’s will. It was in August 2011, when Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church elected a new pastor.  God had sent Rev. Calvin Crocker Jr., Th.D., a native of Tennessee, and a true man of God to answer the call to come and pastor.  In August 2012, Rev. Crocker Jr., began to get ill and needed to be under doctor’s care.  In September 2012, Rev. Crocker Jr. resigned.  We will keep Rev. Calvin Crocker in our prayers. Through the devine leadership of our pulpit ministers; Rev. David Wall, Rev. Anita Docher, Rev. Karen Evans & Rev. Joyce Peterson, this great church continued to deliver a word from the Lord.  Lakeview continued to hold many outstanding accomplishments as a Missionary Baptist Church, and under the presidency of Rev. Anita Docher our Missionary Circle continued to spread the gospel and help those in need.

            On December 2, 2012, a call was extended and accepted by Reverend Ronald P. Waldon, Jr. to serve as pastor of Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church (LMBC).  This call makes him the 8th pastor establishing the forward movement of a transitioning church on the move in Kingdom building.  Already, the church has experienced growth as new members now call “The Lake” home.  New ministries have been established to include, rebirth of the Youth ministry; Fine Arts ministries (i.e. MIME and Sacred Dance); Praise and Worship ministry; Sisters of Faith Women’s ministry; Men of Valor ministry; Inspired Media Ministry; and implementation of new pathways to Christian Education and Missionary outreach.  We also have established that every 5th Sunday to be Power Sunday were we fellowship with sister churches. The Lake continues to strive to fulfill its mission statement “Strengthing God’s Church, God’s Community, and God’s Children through life of Christ in preparing Disciples of LMBC to be Soldiers for the Lord.”  LMBC continues to do exactly what the scripture teaches every Christian to do, and that is to keep the temple of the Living God a clean vessel, untarnished by even a hint of fellowship with the unrighteous!  The Lord has blessed us tremendously throughout our 48 years.



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