|Rev. E. H. Branch
Organizer and First Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Branch was born in Richmond, Texas in 1876. He was treasurer of
the National Baptist Convention of America. He pastored Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church for nine years. He was a man of quick action
and few words. He believed in strict discipline according to the Baptist
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Rev. George Alexander loved to tell of a time when the usher board had a
party and served alcoholic beverages. Rev. Branch refused them
permission to serve as ushers in the Sunday morning service the
following Sunday. He appointed ushers from the congregation to serve.
If a member violated the church covenant, and it came to the attention of
the church, he would bring that member before the church and demand
an apology. He had a unique ability to motivate people to work for God.
He always greeted his audience with "Good Morning, My Dears." He was
an eloquent speaker - wonderful pastor and minister. When he was in
high spirit, he would say, "Hear me when I tell you." He died suddenly on
July 16, 1932 and left to mourn his passing a wife, Willie, and two sons,
devoted church family and friends.
Dr. James Monroe Harvey, D.D., B.Th.
About five miles from Minden, Louisiana, on the back plantation on
December 25, 1879, a child was born. His parents named him James
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The log cabin that he was born in could hardly be called a house. It had
no windows, the floor was dirt, and it had only one door. This lowly
beginning did not mar his lofty ideals or make him blameless and dumb.
He attended school only when there was no work to do in the fields; about
three months out of a year. His father hired him out to a white man as a
wage hand at the age of nine for only $63.00 a year. He experienced the
same life as all southern black boys of his day.
He was converted at the age of 17. He married at the age of 18. He
accepted the call to the ministry at the age of 20. His experience as a
preacher and builder fitted him for his work in Chicago, Illinois. While in
Louisiana, he built 12 churches and six Rosenwald schools.
He finished the public school of his home town with honors. He also
earned degrees from the following institutions: Homer Normal and
Industrial College, Pleasant Hill Seminary, Ideal Bible College, Roger
Williams and Illinois Bible College.
He was a member of the Railroad Commission of the National Baptist
Convention of America. Board Member of the Illinois Baptist State
Convention of Illinois and Moderator of the North Woodriver District
Association for several years and treasurer later.
To the union of James Monroe and Saddie Harvey were born 16 children,
who of whom are still living, Deacon Jason Harvey of Antioch and Mrs.
Lillie Van Turner, both of Chicago, Illinois.
After the passing of his first wife, he marred the beloved Necie whom we
knew and loved and they lived together happily until God called him
home. Mrs. Necie Harvey has since passed.
Dr. Wilbur Nathan Daniel,
B. Th, B.S., M.A., D.D.
Third Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
On January 6, 1957, Reverend Wilbur Nathan Daniel preached his trial
sermon "Let the Fire Fall". of the approximately 500 members who later
voted to select a new pastor, an overwhelming majority decided that
Reverend Daniel was the man for the job.
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Reverend Wilbur N. Daniel was born on January 2, 1918 in Louisville,
Kentucky to the union of Nathan and Fannie Daniel. He received his
elementary education in West Point, Kentucky and was graduated from
Central High School in Louisville. In 1938 he was married to Ms.
Marguerite Richards, the girl who had become his favorite playmate when
he was only nine years old and whom he predicted would become his wife
when he grew up. The significant point here reveals the loyalty and
determination of young Daniel, which was greatly evident in his early life
and for which he is loved and respected at this present time.
Having a zeal for God and a love for people, he entered the ministry at the
age of 25, his first pastorate was the Macedonia Baptist Church in Garrett,
Indiana. While there he studied religious education ad pastoral theology
at Fort Wayne Bible Institute. Being a born leader and truly called of God
to minister to His people, his work at Macedonia was successful.
However, when he was called to a greater field of service for God, always
led by His guidance and direction, Rev. Daniel accepted the invitation to
pastor the Pilgrim Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee and
served the people there for three years.
In the meantime, he enrolled at the American Baptist Theological Seminary
in Nashville where he received the Bachelor of Theology degree. From
there he enrolled at the Tennessee State University where he received
the Bachelor of Science degree. In 1949 he accepted the pastorate of the
St. John Baptist Church at Clarksville, Tennessee and while there he
applied for admittance to Austin Peay State University which up to this
time was all white. Thus, Rev. Daniel pioneered the way for integration of
this university and was graduated with honors in 1957 receiving the
Master of Arts degree. Dr. Daniel's dynamic preaching, deep sense of
dedication, straight forward character and aggressive leadership
endeared him in the hearts of all who knew him. Under his powerful
leadership, in less than one year Antioch, still located at 5129 South
Indiana, outgrew its facilities. Thus the move to its current location at
Englewood and Stewart Avenues on June 29, 1956.
A statement attributed to Pastor Daniel, "It's hard to convince a man that
Jesus loves him if he sleeps in the streets and his belly is empty. You
have to first address the man's environmental concerns, he reminds us,
and then present Jesus as the One who can save his soul." From these
understandings of spirituality and ministry, his administration began the
Vitalization of the Englewood community through rehabilitation and
This vitalization effort began when, in the mid 1960's, Antioch became the
first church organization in the country to take advantage of Section 202
of the National Housing Act. Passed under President Dwight Eisenhower,
Section 202 provides government loans for not-for-profit organizations
such as Antioch to purchase land for developing low-income senior
citizen housing. From those first townhouses and apartment units,
Antioch has developed or rehabilitated more than 900 units for senior
citizens, the handicapped, and families. This housing effort includes the
Ft. Wayne, Indiana and joint ventures with the North Woodriver Baptist
District Association and New Pisgah Baptist Church.
Pastor Daniel’s activities in civil and religious areas are numerous. Along
with the heavy responsibility of pastoring one of the greatest and most
outstanding churches in the city of Chicago, he served as president of
the Chicago Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People for two years, vice president and president of the Police
Board of the city of Chicago, treasurer of the National Missionary Baptist
Convention of America, and head of the Adult Department of the National
Baptist Sunday School and BTU Congress. He is a member of the Trustee
Board of the Chicago Baptist Institute, member of the Board of Directors
of the Chicago Dwelling Association, Moderator of the North Woodriver
Baptist Distract Association, member of the Executive Board of the
NAACP, member of the Council of Religious Leaders of the Chicago Urban
League, board member of the Joint Negro Appeal, member of the board of
the National Baptist Publishing Board, chairman of the Board of Highland
community Bank, member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank,
Nashville, Tennessee and several other organizations.
Among the many organizations and institutions that have sought to honor
him, we will note just a few here: honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity
was conferred upon him June 5, 1960 by the late Dr. M.C. Allen, president
of the Virginia Theological Seminary and College, and in June 1961, the
Arkansas Baptist State College awarded him a second Doctor of Divinity
degree. The African American Cultural Center at Austin Peay University
was named in honor of Rev. W.M. Daniel, in a ceremony which took place
at the University in December 1992.
Reverend Daniel was a family man, one who truly loved his family. After
over 51 years of marriage, the Lord called our first lady, sister Marguerite
Daniel, home. He has two sons; Wilbur N. Jr., a graduate of Northern
Illinois University at DeKalb, and Rickey Eugene (Athelyn), a graduate of
Michigan State University at East Lansing.
Dr. Gerald M. Dew
Fourth Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
On Sunday, January 6, 2001 after much prayer and under the unction of the Holy Spirit the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church extended the call to Reverend Gerald M. Dew to become her fourth pastor. Reverend Dew, who was also praying and listening to the Spirit’s voice, humbly accepted the call to serve as pastor.
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Under the visionary leadership of Reverend Dew the church has embraced its:
- Mission Statement: We are united to evangelize, educate, equip and empower humanity for the Glory of God through the proclamation of the gospel, the explanation of the scriptures and the exaltation of the Savior. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 4:11-12)
- Vision Statement: To help others realize their full potential for the glory of God. (Galatians 6:10)
- Church Standard: Excellence. (Psalm 8:1-8)
- Church Theme
As a result of these statements, Reverend Dew led each ministry, auxiliary, group, club, committee, and organization of the church to develop a “purpose statement” that contributed to the fulfillment of the church’s mission and the realization of the church’s vision.
Under the leadership of Pastor Dew Antioch has established:
- Annual Leaders Retreat
- Evangelism Ministry
- Ministers Ministry
- Visitation Ministry
- Intercessory Prayer Ministry
- Christian Education Workshop
- Spring Church Revival
- Fall Soul-Winning Crusade and Parade
- Weekly Church Bible Study
- Added over 1,200 new members
- Website (tool for outreach, evangelism, education, and information)
Under Pastor Dew’s leadership the church has continued to sponsor the development of quality affordable housing in the Englewood community for families, seniors, and the physically challenged. The most recent projects are Antioch II and Antioch III.
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church has also, under the leadership of Pastor Dew, completed a massive renovation of its facilities including, but not limited to:
- Banquet Hall
- Margariette Daniel Room
- W. N. Daniel Fellowship Hall
- Robert Wells Chapel
- First Floor Meeting Rooms
- Main Sanctuary
Future plans will include:
- Visual technology upgrades
- Gym renovations
- Few remaining classrooms renovations
Pastor Dew’s visionary leadership is ever evolving giving testament to the fact that:
- Our God Is An Awesome God
- Ministry Meets Needs
- The Future Is Our Focus