First Missionary Baptist Church was established Oct. 1889, organized to be a safe haven for christians to come worship and become empowered through the teachings of God. “We are a church who is meeting the needs for the looked down upon, the left-out, the discouraged and broken hearted. and invite all to come to worship with us..” Members are from Cape Girardeau MO, Marion IL, Charleston MO, Wyatt MO, Cairo IL, Mounds IL, Pulaski IL, and Paducah KY, The church wants everyone to know that all are welcome to come no matter what state in life you’re in!
Rev. James R. Dowell: Pastor, Micheal Bankhead: Minister, Elida Phifer-Hunter: Minister and Earnestine Johnson: Evangelist
The author of the words was John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved by amazing grace.
The origin of the melody is unknown. Most hymnals attribute it to an early American folk melody. The Bill Moyers special on “Amazing Grace” speculated that it may have originated as the tune of a song the slaves sang.
Gospel Musician. Considered one of the key architect of the modern gospel sound, he wrote his compositions (over 200 songs) for his church services, his renowned gospel drama extravaganzas, his radio ministry, his performing groups, and the top names in gospel music.
Among his famous compositions are, “Move On Up A Little Higher” (1946), made popular by gospel singer Mahalia Jackson; “Our God Is Able” (1949); “How I Got Over”, made popular by gospel singer Clara Ward; “Peace Be Still” (1949), later made popular by Rev. James Cleveland; “Let Us Go Back To The Old Landmark” (1949); “Have Faith in God” (1952); “Faith That Moves Mountains” (1954); “God’s Amazing Love”; “Packing Up” (1957); and “Pay Day” (1958). Brewster’s church in Memphis, East Trigg Baptist Church has gone down in Rock-and-Roll history books as Elvis Presley’s favorite house of worship.