Reaching, Reclaiming, and Retraining for Kingdom Reigning.
Worship. Watch. Witness.
Almost two years before founding SMBC, Dr. Donald D. Ford I, received a special commission by God to establish the first predominantly Black Church in the south Kansas City area. Four former members of the Macedonia Baptist Church (Kansas City, MO) met with Dr. Ford for several weeks to make plans for this special journey. Deacon Aaron Verser served as the first Deacon and Mission Store-housekeeper. Sis. Teresa Verser served as Musician. Bro. Bennie Greene was Financial Director, Sunday School Teacher, and Bus Driver. Sis. Verna Ford taught Sunday School, served as Church Secretary/Clerk, and was the first Youth Choir Director. SMBC held its first worship services February 26, 1978 on the lower level of the former Grandview Bank Building, 125th and South 71 Highway (now Midwest Bank, Harry Truman Drive and 71 Highway). A total of 26 persons attended the morning worship services following a Sunday Church School attendance of 11. SMBC Mission was organized as a church April 15, 1978. On August 12, 1978, SMBC installed Founder Donald D. Ford I as Pastor along with his family, Sis. Verna R. Ford, Donald Duwayne II, and Tashonda (Tasha) Lachelle.
The Second Missionary Baptist Church family joyfully moved from the Grandview High School on Sunday August 17, 1997, after many moves over the years. On Saturday August 23, 1997, a special Anointing service was held prior to the first worship services in the building the next day. At the first worship service in the Family Life Center, Rev. Preston Allen, Jr. gave an inspirational address in the morning services. One of Pastor Ford’s friends in the ministry and the Honorable Mayor of Kansas City, Rev. Emanuel Cleaver delivered a cornerstone laying tribute (weather conditions did not permit the actual cornerstone laying ceremony). Rev. Wallace S. Hartsfield was the keynote speaker for the afternoon celebration of our first worship services and the Pastor’s 19th Anniversary. The Family Life Center was dedicated on October 18, 1997, with Sheffield Assembly of God as our special guest. The Family Life Center is the second phase of a four-phase building complex plan and is a multi-purpose facility for spiritual, educational, community, family and recreational activities.