About UBSC of IL

The Baptist State Convention, of Illinois (Unincorporated) was organized on Friday, June 8, 1945 by a number of Christ-loving, God-fearing, far-sighted ministers who walked out of the General Baptist State Convection, at the South Shore Baptist Church located at 6028 South Champlain Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Reverend Richard Collins was the pastor. The ministers expressed a belief that the Kingdom of Heaven could be better served by the move. They scheduled their first official meeting for the next morning, June 9, 1945 to plan the method of procedure and define their goals. At that meeting, they laid the foundation for the organization and agreed to continue in prayer until the next session. The next session was held Wednesday, June 13, 1945 at the St. John Baptist Temple Church located at 214 East 50th Street in Chicago, Illinois at 3:00pm. Rev. CXW. Williams was the pastor. The meeting was called to order with thirty (30) ministers present, some women and a few laymen. After a brief devotion and prayer of consecration, the following people were elected into various offices of this new convention: Dr. James H. Brown, pastor of Mrs., Ruby Robertson, a member of the Olivet Baptist Church was elected Director of the Young People’s Department.

In June of 1949, Dr. J. C. Austin, Sr. pastor of the Pilgrim Baptist Church was elected President of the Parent Body and Dr. J.R.C. Finn was elected Recording Secretary. Dr. Pinn served for a very short time and Dr. T. Moore King, pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Joliet, Illinois completed the term of office. Mrs., Sula Martin, a member of West Point Baptist Church was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Bessie Leverette was elected Recording Secretary.  Mr. George Johnson, a member of Greater Mount Vernon Baptist Church was elected President of the State Sunday school and Baptist Training Union Congress and Mrs. Carrie Beal of West Point Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Mr. Johnson served one year and resigned. Attorney J. C. Oliver was re-elected President to carry out the unexpired term. Mrs. Minnie Lightfoot Bruce was Director of the Young People’s Department.

At the Annual Session of 1953, Dr. T. B. Brown pastor of Progressive Baptist Church was elected President of the Parent Body and Dr. E.R. Williams, pastor of South Park Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Mrs. Trudie Trimm, wife of Reverend O.C. Trimm, pastor of New Testament Baptist Church was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Ida Daniels, of Pilgrim Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Attorney J.C. Oliver was re-elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress and Miss Carrie Beal as Recording Secretary. Mrs. Minnie Bruce, a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church was re-elected Director of the Young People’s Department and Miss Emmaline McFarland as Recording Secretary. The convention progressed under these diligent leaders.

In 1957, Rev. C. V. Johnson, pastor of El Bethel Baptist Church, was elected President of the Parent Body, and Dr. Louis Rawls, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church was Recording Secretary. Rev. D, D. Clay, pastor of Central Avenue Baptist Church served as acting secretary much of the time. Mrs. Lurline Trotter, wife of Rev. W. C. Trotter, pastor of World Baptist Church, was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Phoebe Jackson of Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was Recording Secretary. Rev. J.N, Lightfoot, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church m Waukegan, Illinois, was elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress and Mrs. Carrie Beal remained as Recording Secretary. Mrs. Minnie L. Bruce was re-elected Director of the Young People’s Department and Mrs. Emmaline McFarland was Recording Secretary.

At the Annual Session of 1961, Rev. Willie Lewis, pastor of New Haven Baptist Church was elected President of the Parent Body and Rev. A. Lincoln James, pastor of Greater Bethesda Baptist Church was Recording Secretary. Mrs. Trudie Trimm was again elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Ethelsine Gulley was elected Recording Secretary. Mr. Albert Williams was elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress and Mrs. Juanita Powell was Recording Secretary. Mrs. Ann Speights, a member of Greater Mt. Olivet Baptist Church was elected Director of the Young People’s Department.

In the 1964 Annual Session, Rev. Willie Lewis was re-elected President of the Parent Body and Rev. H. J. Cook, pastor of Gideon Baptist Church in Waukegan, Illinois was elected Recording Secretary. There was no Women’s Auxiliary President elected at this session. Mrs. Lucille Lightfoot was the First Vice President and at the Adjourned Session in August 1964, Mrs. Lurline Trotter was again elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Elizabeth Warren of Canaan Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Mr. Albert Williams was re-elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress, and Mrs. Juanita Powell was Recording Secretary. Mrs. Gertrude Bennett, a member of Greater Mt, Vernon Baptist Church was elected Director of the Young People’s Department.

The Annual Session of 1968 brought a change in the official staff. Dr. C. W. Alexander, Jr., pastor of Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was elected President of the Parent Body and Dr. H. J. Cook was re-elected Recording Secretary. Mrs. Rosalie Chambers, a member of Gospel Temple Baptist Church (North) was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Elizabeth Warren was retained as Recording Secretary. Rev. E. E-Franklin, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church was elected President of the Young People’s Department and West Point Baptist Church, President of the Parent Body and Dr. W. E. Wadlington, pastor of Hermon Baptist Church as the Recording Secretary. Mrs. L. A. Lambert, wife of Reverend William L. Lambert, pastor of Greater Mount Hope Baptist Church was elected president of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Phoebe Jackson; a member of Greater Mount Vernon Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary. Attorney J. C. Oliver, a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church was elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress and Mrs. Trudence Wilson, a member of Greater Bethesda Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Mrs. E. B. Hogan, a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church was elected Director of the Young People’s Department. The brethren, acting upon the recommendation of Dr. W. B, Wadlington, thought they could forestall a new stagnation point by voting to have a tenure law. The law states that no President can himself or herself more than three times or serves more than four consecutive years. The tenure of office law was approved. They concurred that the movement to utilize all of the great talent and allow many men and women to exercise their gifts of leadership. The new leaders and their staffs served faithfully for four years and then passed the reins in a blaze of progress and glory to other leaders.

In 1973, Miss Lucille Williams of West Point Baptist Church was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary and Mrs. Elizabeth Warren remained as the Recording Secretary. It was during Miss Williams’ tenure as president of the Women’s Auxiliary that she developed the United Baptist State Convention Scholarship Aid.

In 1974, Rev. Richard Williams, pastor of New Mt. Olive Baptist Church was elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress, and Mrs. Elizabeth Dodd of Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was Recording Secretary. At the close of the 30th Annual Session, all officers were re-elected.

In 1977, Mrs. Juanita Newton was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary. It was at the request of President Newton that the UBSC Scholarship Aid became known as the “Lucille C. Williams Scholarship Aid” in honor of the late Miss Lucille Williams who served as President Emeritus.

Pre Dr. J.L. Miller Era – insert (1977-1994) in the 1977 Annual Session, Rev. C.W, Alexander pastor of Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was elected President of the Parent Body. Rev. H.J. Cook was elected General Secretary. Upon Rev. C.W. Alexander’s death in 1993 Rev. Jethro Gayle, pastor of Gospel Temple Baptist Church became Interim President of the Parent Body. Rev. Richard Williams was elected President of Congress. Rev. W.H. Foster served as President of Congress (1977-1993).

Dr. J.L. Miller Era (1994-2003) in the 1994 Annual Session, Dr. Johnny L. Miller was elected President of the Parent Body and Mrs. Freddie Petross was elected Recording Secretary. The Women’s Auxiliary President elect at this session was Mrs. Juanita Newton. At the Annual Session of 1995, Mrs. Verdia Coleman was elected Women’s Auxiliary President with Mrs. Rosemary Saulsby being elected First Vice President, Rev. WH. Foster; pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was elected President of the State Congress. Rev. Essex E. Franklin was elected President of the State Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress. Rev. Virgil C. Brackett pastor of Original Rising Star Baptist Church was elected Director of the Young People’s Department and Young Pastor’s League.

In the 2002 Annual Session, Dr. Johnny L. Miller continued his term as President of the Parent Body and Mrs. Terri Corbin-Hicks was elected General Secretary. Mrs. Verdia Coleman-Jones continued her term as Women’s Auxiliary President with Mrs. Rosemary Saulsby of Messiah Temple Baptist Church First Vice President. Rev. W.H. Foster, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church continued as Congress President. Rev. Matthew Miller, pastor of Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Church was elected Director of Christian Education. Rev. Virgil C. Brackett pastor of Original Rising Star Baptist Church was elected Director of the Young People’s Department and Young Pastor’s League.  Under the leadership of Dr. Johnny L. Miller, the Unified Budget was established appointing Dr. Isaac L. Floyd, pastor of Greater New Mt. Eagle Baptist Church as Finance Chairman.

Dr, Isaac Floyd Era (2003-2006) The Annual Session of 2003 brought a change in the official staff Dr. Isaac Floyd, pastor of Greater New Mt. Eagle Baptist Church was elected President of the Parent Body, Dr. Johnnie Miller, pastor Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was elected to serve as Board of Directors Chairman, Dr. W.H. Foster, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was elected to serve as President Advisor, Rev. Joe N. Campbell, St. James Unity was elected to serve as General Secretary, Mrs. Hattie Williams, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Mrs. Patricia Mackey, a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Glenwood was elected Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Laura Bass, a member of Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church was elected President of the Women’s Auxiliary with Dr. Rosemary Saulsby; a member of Messiah Temple Baptist Church was elected the First Vice President. Mrs. Terri Corbin-Hicks was elected Director of the Young People’s Department.

In the 2007 Annual Session, Dr, Isaac Floyd continued his term as President of the Parent Body, Mrs. Hattie Williams, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church was elected Recording Secretary. Mrs. Cheryl Haynie, member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church was elected Corresponding Secretary/Public Relations Director, Mrs. Laura Bass, a member of Mt. Ebenezer Baptist Church continued to serve as President of the Women’s Auxiliary with Dr. Rosemary Saulsby; a member of Messiah Temple Baptist Church was elected the First Vice President. Ms. Sheila Randle, member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and Ms. Kisha Floyd, member of Joy Fellowship Baptist Church was elected to serve as Directors of the Children/Youth Department

ARTICLES OF FAITH

The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. ascribes to these Articles of Faith which should be adopted by Baptist churches at the time of organization:

!. THE SCRIPTURES.

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried

  1. THE TRUE GOD.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

III. THE FALL OF MAN.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.

  1. THE WAY OF SALVATION.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.

  1. JUSTIFICATION.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and

the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.

  1. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION.

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

VII. REGENERATION

We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.

VIII. REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.

  1. GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE.

We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly -consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

  1. SANCTIFICATION.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

  1. PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS.

We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XII.   THE LAW AND GOSPEL.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church.

XIII.   A GOSPEL CHURCH.

We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER.

We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.

  1. THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

XVI. CIVIL GOVERNMENT.

We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.

XVII. RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED.

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

XVIII. THE WORLD TO COME.

We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.