The Leary Years

On Sunday, November 9, 1969, the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church installed as its fifth pastor, the Rev. James E. Leary. Under the ministry of Rev. Leary, the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church continued to grow in God’s grace. The Church was able to successfully complete a major renovation to our facility at 2600 East Marshall Street. During the Leary years, many new ministries were started and seasoned groups were strengthened. The Saint Paul’s Baptist Federal Credit Union, the Saint Paul’s Housing Corporation, the Saint Paul’s Manor and the J. A. Mosby Scholarship Fund were initiated.

After 14 years of dedicated and faithful service, Rev. James Leary resigned. On Sunday, August 29, 1983, the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church family gathered to share in an “Appreciation and Release Service” for Rev. Leary as he prepared to accept his new charge at the Calvary Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI.

From August 1983 through September 1985, our Church Family was led under the prayerful and watchful hand of the Deacon Board led by its Chairman, Joseph Walker. During this interim period, the Deacon Board sought to lead the Church in diminishing its debt, establishing firm financial footing and beginning its search for new leadership. In appreciation for faithful and dedicated service, the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church Family shared in an Appreciation Service for Deacon Joseph Walker in November, 1985. After a long and prayerful search, the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church voted to call as its sixth Pastor, a Michigan native, the Rev. Lance D. Watson.