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Good Hope Celebrates 51 Years

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On November 22, 2009, at 3:00 PM Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating 51 years in the ministry.

The Reverend Clifford Green from 1st Baptist Church Glen Valley will be the guest speaker.

A prayer band started at the home of Deacon and Deaconess David Jones. It then moved to the home of Deacon and Deaconess Roper Mitchell. This group felt the need of a church in the Good Hope area and went about establishing it as such. In this group were Deacon and Deaconess Roper Mitchell, Deacon and Deaconess and Deacon and Deaconess David Jones, Deacon and Deaconess Jim Hair, Brother and Sister William Young, and their grandchildren, Brother and Sister Henry Williams Sr., and family, Brother and Sister Sonny Ray Stafford, Brother and Sister Clint Richardson.

Deacon David Jones with support of the group contacted the Reverend M. T. Williams from Oceanside, California, who met with them on the first Sunday in November of 1958 and organized Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in the home of Deacon and Deaconess Roper Mitchell.

The members included, Reverend M.T. Williams, moderator of the Oceanside area, Reverend Harry Jameson, Reverend Henry Dodds, and Reverend Willie Daniels.

Sunday School was organized with Brother Sonny Ray Stafford as the first superintendent.

Sister Hazel Stafford was the first secretary of Sunday school, and Sister Willie Mitchell was the first Sunday School teacher.

After Sunday School a 11:00 A.M. service was in order and the organization of the general church was performed.

The first chairman of the Deacon Board was Deacon David Jones. Other deacons included Deacon Roper Mitchell, Deacon Jim Hair, and Deacon Henry Williams Sr. The three deacons were given the charge of acquiring a church name. The church became known as Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Perris, California. This name was presented by Deacon David Jones.

As a church family, under the humble leadership of Dr. James Baylark we continue to take small steps in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to him be all the Honor, Power, and Glory.

For more information please contact Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church at (951) 657-5465. This annual occasion is open to the public.

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