Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church
Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church was organized by a few faithful members along with the assistance of Reverend Anderson of Alva, FL. The early assembly met on Fountain Street and during this time the name of the congregation was chosen. This early church was pastured by Reverend R.D. Austin who ministered until his health failed.
Rev. Thomas Brown was called to be the Pastor of Saint Mary in 1970. The small but growing membership worshiped at a small church on Hale Court. Rev. Brown was led by the Spirit of God to initiate a building fund in preparation for building a larger facility to meet the needs of the growing church family. Despite the doubt from those who thought it could not be accomplished, the faithful members of Saint Mary gave faithfully and sacrificially each week until the vision was realized.
The site of our present facility 2182 Mitchell Court was completed in August of 1974 without any outstanding mortgage or debts. A dedication ceremony was held and the final cornerstone was placed. The joyous members, led by Rev. Thomas Brown, marched to the new building praising God all the way. The new building had a large seating capacity with wings that housed Church School classrooms, the Pastor’s Office, Finance Room, a small parsonage, and the Fellowship Hall.
Reverend Thomas Brown was called from his labor to reward on July 8, 2006 after 37 years as Pastor of Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church. The associate ministers continued to carry out weekly services until a pastor was chosen. In November 2006, Tommy L. Brown was preached his first sermon as pastor-elect.
The Saint Mary church family is continually prayerful in its endeavor to be a church where, “Hurting Hearts Meet a Healing Savior”.