- Ministerial Staff
Welcome to Gethsemane Baptist Church (GBC). Thank you for showing an interest in what the LORD is doing through GBC. We hope it is God’s plan for you to become a part of this ministry which offers to us Spiritual growth and development through the WORD.
Please plan to visit during one of our Spirit filled services. We feel that meeting you would be a pleasure.
Join us in Praise and Worship
Sunday School - 8:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship - 10:00 a.m.
Intercessory Prayer Meeting - Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.
Bible Study - Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matt 28:19-20)KJV
Gethsemane Baptist Church History
In the year of our Lord and Savior, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-one, on the twenty-fifth day of February, eighteen dedicated believers in Christ met on a cold winter evening to conduct the first organizational meeting of Gethsemane Baptist Church.
God sent Pastor Maddox and Sister Bennie F. Maddox to Gethsemane on October 11, 1981. From that time to the present, Pastor Maddox has truly labored in the vineyard as our pastor, teacher, minister, leader, counselor, and friend.
On April 14, 1990, Gethsemane Baptist Church broke ground for the construction of the new sanctuary, which was completed in July 1991. We are currently involved in another refurbishing project that began in 2008.
There are several organizations currently active at Gethsemane Baptist Church. Our Sunday School and mid-week Bible studies continue to increase in number as the Lord adds to His church. Our studies are profound in teaching the Christian way of living.
As we reflect from the beginning to present, we thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon the Gethsemane family. By the grace of God, and through the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, our Pastor has been able to lead and direct the church.
Rev. Jimmie D. Givens, Interim Pastor
Assistant to the Pastor, Minister Nathaniel Pippen, Jr.
Minister Charles Davis
Minister Eddie Lee Key
Minister Carrie Miller
Reverend Cathryn Phillips
Minister Nathaniel Pippen, Jr.
Minister Divane Pittman
Board of Deacons
Vice Chair & Treasurer – Deacon Vernon Cooper
Secretary – Deacon Anthony Faison
Deacon Mordecai Brower
Deacon Victor Brown
Deacon Herbert Dorn
Deacon Joel Mays, Jr.
Deacon Allen Pittman
Board of Deaconesses
Chairperson – Deaconess Orice Shepherd
1st Vice Chairperson – Deaconess Annie Coleman
2nd Vice Chairperson – Deaconess Inita Cooper
Treasurer – Deaconess Dorothy Pyatt
Secretary – Deaconess Pamela Blakeney
Corresponding Secretary – Deaconess Evelyn Faison
Chaplain – Deaconess Esther Stewart
Assistant Chaplain – Deaconess Brenda Brownlee
Deaconess Sarah Dorn
Deaconess Sandra Frazier
Deaconess Cynthia Mays
Deaconess Ada Sherrill
Board of Trustees
Financial Secretary –
Trustee Joel Mays, Jr.
Executive Administrator to the Pastor, Sister Retha Oliver
Church Treasurer, Brother Raymond Colbert
Church Secretary, Deaconess Orice Shepherd
Church Clerk, Sister Kimbly Bell
Minister of Christian Education,
Minister of Music, Deaconess Sandra Frazier
Sunday School Superintendent,
- Bereavement Family-Care Ministry
- Christian Education
- Deacon Board
- Deaconess Board
- Doves of Grace Liturgical Dance
- Hospital Visitation Ministry
- Intercessory Prayer
- Men's Ministry
- Missionary Ministry
- Music Ministry
- New Members Ministry
- Nurse's Unit Ministry
- Outreach Evangelism Ministry
- Sunday School
- Usher Board
- Women's Ministry
- Youth & Young Adult Ministry
This ministry provides spiritual and emotional support to the bereaved family, on behalf of our church.
This ministry coordinates the offering of classes throughout our church calendar year that are biblical and basic, real and relevant to help the church disciples (as learners of God’s Word) to grow spiritually and mature in their relationship with God.
I Timothy 3:8-13 KJV
As the only other office of the church beside that of the Pastor, the work of the deacons involves: assistance at services and church meetings; visitation of members; preparation for baptismal services; assistance at the Communion Service; care of the sick and the poor; and care and maintenance of church property.
John 12:26 KJV
This ministry assists our Pastor as he follows his God-given vision to promote the growth and development of our church, in particular for young and matured women. This ministry provides assistance at baptismal services; arrangements for the Communion Service; the care of the sick and the poor.
This is our liturgical dance ministry that praises God and witnesses His love through anointed dance movements.
This ministry serves as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ - to be driven by His heart to serve others – in extending the love and comfort of Jesus Christ to those who are in the hospital for illness or medical treatment, palliative care, or hospice care.
This ministry ensures that a consistent intercessory prayer base is developed and maintained to pray for the needs of our church members, family and neighbors as well as to pray for the needs of our church ministries and its laborers.
This ministry is an outreach of our church for the men (and, young men) of the church and its community. Its purpose is to bring men together in the Lord so that they can draw closer to Him.
Matthew 28:19-20 KJV
This ministry does God’s work through service to the church and community. While ministering to the physical needs of the disadvantaged, the missionaries demonstrate God’s love, touch spirits and bring others to Christ.
Ephesians 5:19 KJV
This ministry strives to promote a healthy worship experience through song by changing lives - one at a time - to experience the presence of God through sacred music and the use of our God given gifts and abilities with our voices and musical instruments.
This ministry gives our new church member a clear understanding of the significance of the new life in Christ; the ministry explains the responsibilities inherited because of the Christian experience; it orientates our new church members about our church ministries; and, the ministry defines what it means to become a member of God's Church.
This ministry assists anyone with a physical need especially a medical need during church services. The ministry provides such assistance to the Pastor while in the pulpit and during his preaching at other churches.
This ministry works to answer God’s call to reach and touch the lives of people who may not know that God loves them and that He has a plan for them.
This ministry ensures that our Sunday school students come to know the Biblical faith in a safe, friendly, welcoming environment where they may experience the love of God and be spiritually nurtured
This ministry serves as the “hospitality of God” representing Christ and our church. Our ushers are the first contact that new comers to Christ meet and to our church visitors as well as church members who enter into our church doors. This ministry must usher people into the house of the Lord using a warm and friendly smile.
This ministry is an outreach of our church for the women (and, young women) of the church and its community. Its mission is to touch the lives of women and girls, equipping them to follow the example of Jesus Christ, and training them to minister to others.
This ministry seeks to provide a well–balanced program for our youth and young adults (up to age 30) that will seek to win the lost to Christ and to help those who are Christians to mature in Christ and discover their personal gifts and abilities with which God has blessed them.