The Evening Baptist Minister’s Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity seated its new president and cabinet Sunday during its 61st installation service at Fellowship Greater Jehovah Baptist Church at 3314 Germantown Ave. where the Rev. Lucious Wright is pastor.
“The Evening Conference was organized about 94 years ago and it was an organized for the purpose of helping those pastors who could not fellowship during the day with the Day Conference. So, they established the night conference so those brothers could come together and fellowship with one another,” said the Rev. David S. Hicks, senior pastor of Pine Hill Temple of Praise Baptist Church and past president of the Evening Baptist Ministers Conference.
Hicks said that the Evening Ministers Conference was unique in that it was the only such conference in which the wives of the ministers and pastors, were separated and formed the Evening Baptist Ministers Wives and Widows Auxiliary.
“We are excited, we are a team and we work together for the betterment of the city and our communities where are churches are and the Conference of Philadelphia,” Hicks said.
The Rev. Nathan L. Hasty was installed as president. Other officers were: the Rev. W. Gregory Fleming as second vice president and the Rev. Kenneth C. Dupree as first vice president. Hicks said Hasty, Fleming and Dupree were elected to two-year terms.
“It’s a great fellowship with brethren, it’s a brotherhood of preachers and we come together on Monday nights. We just love to fellowship with one another,” Hicks said.
While the men of the Conference meet for fellowship on Mondays, they join the members of the Evening Baptist Minsters Wives and Widows Auxiliary on Friday.
“We have a great time, it’s a great Conference,” Hicks said. “We try to better our churches in our fellowship, so we have seminars to assist the pastors, non-pastors and lay members. Every Fifth Monday is our Christian Education night.”.
On those days, members of the Conference often host guest speakers who provide lectures on such topics as stewardship, membership, social issues among other topics.
Hicks described his successor as “humble”.
“The incoming president is a humble person and pastor. He loves preachers and he is committed to the redeeming of the time,” Hicks said in reference to Hasty’s conference theme ‘Redeeming the Time’.
“He wants to see our churches grow. He wants to see us in fellowship, not only with pastors and non-pastors, but with lay-persons.”
The newly installed president also wants to emphasize the formation of youth ministries and work among veterans.
“This is what we’re all about, fellowship,” Hasty said. “In other words, there’s no big I’s or little u’s. We’re all together in Christ.”
During the service, Paula Hall-Jordan, president of the Evening Baptist Minsters Wives and Widows Auxiliary, thanked those who were a part of the Conference and supported their work.
“It is our esteemed honor to congratulate you this evening,” said Hall-Jordan to the incoming Conference Cabinet. “We know that all of you will serve this great Conference with all of the love and wisdom that the Lord has bestowed upon you.”
She then turned to the incoming president…
“Specifically, to President Hasty, keep this one thing in mind: If God be for you, no one can be against you,” she said.