Antioch Baptist Church is committed to the transformation of individuals and
communities through worship, outreach, and sharing the Gospel.
As you explore our website, you will learn about our rich history, our present activities and our church’s future ministry goals as well as the various services available to you. In addition we look forward to your visit during which you can enjoy first hand our loving fellowship and Antioch worship experience for yourself.
“And if one will hold on, he will discover that God walks with him, and that God is able to lift you from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope, and transform dark and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of inner peace.”
— Martin Luther King Jr., Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Eulogy, 1963
Gracious and loving God, we thank You for giving us another opportunity to gather together in Your name and build up one another in Christ. We thank You for this place in which we are each necessary, important, affirmed and loved.
It would have been enough that You brought us through this week in particular, it would have been sufficient that You woke us this morning and brought us safely here with a reasonable portion of health and strength, but there have been countless other blessings this week and for all of those we thank You.
Lord we are standing still, today, in recognition that You are God.
We know that when boughs break, when levies fail, when towers fall, You are there; an ever present help in time of trouble; our refuge and our strength. And we know that You are with us now.
We ask blessings today for those who are insecure in their finances or homes; insecure in their relationships; insecure in the country they call home; insecure in their interactions with the police; insecure in their body, identity or place in society, afraid that someone’s gain creates for them a loss; and especially those who are insecure in their trust and confidence in You. We ask that you wrap your loving arms around them and draw them near so that they too might know peace that surpasses all understanding.
We ask today, Father, that You prepare us for the challenges to come. In a country where millions may lose healthcare, we will need more compassion, give it to us. In a country where changes to our climate may go unaddressed, we will need more wisdom and a stronger sense of personal responsibility, endow us with these. In a country where civil rights abuses may go ignored, we will need to be advocates for our own humanity, give us compelling, persuasive voices for this task.
We ask that you protect and preserve the dreams and aspirations of every child to achieve to the limits of his or her abilities and we know that one day, this will be true. Please be with the parents, teachers and care givers of these children as they attempt to make sense of this world to the young impressionable minds who are our future.
Lord give us a new imagination for your grace, give us a deeper understanding of your mercy. Give us new eyes to see the good in others that may be obscured by fear, misunderstanding and ignorance. We ask that You enlarge our hearts and help us exceed our existing capacity to love.
Lastly, Father, we ask that You place your holy hands on the man who will lead this country for the next four years. We ask that you guide him and surround him with people who are God-fearing and unafraid to speak truth to power. Lord, let them be motivated by You toward civic, not personal, interests and by goodwill for our children, not only their own.
We don’t always understand Your plan but we are assured, comforted and thankful that You have a plan. We know that You have brought us through many dangers, toils and snares and so we ask You today, Father, to light the way forward, according to Your good, pleasing and perfect will.
Because You are good, we are not afraid; because You are mighty, we will not be disheartened; but because of our faith in You, we will not lose hope because we know that all things, even our present circumstances, work together for the good of those who love the Lord.
All these things we ask in the name of our Deliverer, Redeemer, and Savior, Jesus Christ.
— Trustee Kimberly Gamble Lovelace
Rev. McJunkin comes to us from Grace Baptist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia, PA, where he was the Assistant Pastor and Minister of Christian Education for 13 years. In this position, he served as staff to over 30 educational and mission ministries, and he led the establishment of the Grace Institute of Christian Education. An engaging speaker, Rev. McJunkin has lectured at many institutions, including the Pennsylvania State Baptist Congress of Christian Education, the West Philadelphia Congress of Christian Education, and the Eastern District Congress of Christian Education.
As pastor of the East Glenville United Methodist Church, Rev. McJunkin led the church’s redevelopment efforts, launching new children’s, youth, education, and outreach ministries while renovating the church building.
Rev. McJunkin is a graduate of Ohio University. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
We look forward to our future und er Rev. McJunkin’s leadership.