Founder and the late Senior Pastor of Second Missionary Baptist Church of Grandview, Missouri, passed away on January 31, 2017 leaving behind a wonderful legacy of teaching and preaching the Word of God. Pastor Ford and Sis. Ford have two children Donald Duwayne II and Tasha, and are proud grandparents of Mario, Quierra and Antonio.
He was a 1965 graduate of Central High School, Kansas City, Missouri and a 1978 graduate of Western Baptist Bible College, Kansas City, receiving his degree in Christian Education. Recipient of a 1996 100 Most Influential Persons Award for the Kansas City-area. Honored with Doctor of Divinity Degree from Western Baptist Bible College, May 1998. He also received a Ph.D. of Philosophy in Expository Preaching from Elohim Bible College and Seminary in June, 2011.
Dr. Ford is the author of a book entitled Eyes of Joshua, a “how to” study the Bible aid.
He ministered to the community via a television broadcast on Time Warner Lease Access Channel 4 each Saturday at 10:30 p.m. He received the Religious Broadcaster’s Award by the Midwest Regional Conference of the United Minority Media Association in September, 1999.
He was a former certified key church planter of new churches for the Southern Baptist Convention in the State of Missouri and Co-Founder of four other churches in Oklahoma, Kansas and Raymore, Missouri.
In 1989, the TGM Windsteppers youth track team was established. The TGM Windsteppers have qualified for the national competitions each year since its inception. Pastor Dr. Ford initiated the SMBC Image Makers, a youth mentoring ministry in 1982 for those in the juvenile justice system. SMBC Image Makers provided weekly bible study, inspirational services and social guidance for incarcerated youth in two KC area facilities.
Dr. Ford was the Founder of the Joel Ecclesiastical School of Preparation that provides finishing and practicum study for persons called to the ministry as well as lay persons wanting more in-depth study. Established the Laos Resurrection that offers opportunities for community pastors and churches to enhance their ministry work in the areas of church organization and leadership, youth enhancement and Christian education. The SMBC Learning Center and TGM Christian Academy, established by Pastor Dr. Ford in October, 1982, provides full-time child care services and academic studies using the A Beka Christian curriculum teaching and preparing young minds-6 weeks to Kindergarten. This program is now called the Adventure Academy.
Barnabas Group was a biblically based support counseling group that deals with various types of emotions, addictions, relationship issues and family concerns.
He was presented the Daily Points of Light Award on June 8, 2004 by our 41st U.S. President, George Bush for exemplary volunteer community service recognizing his leadership and accomplishments with the SMBC Youth in a World of Pressure program. For providing leadership to one of the outstanding model sites in the country, received national recognition and presentation of the America’s Promise “red wagon” by Senator Harris Wofford, General Chairman and Alma Powell (wife of General Colin Powell, former America’s Promise Chairman, former Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff and 65th U.S. Secretary of State).
He was a recipient of the Present Day Technology Leader Award in 2008 by the Black Family Technology Awareness Association of Kansas City in recognition of being the first African-American church to sponsor a US First Robotics Team in the continental U.S.A. Dr. Ford was the former Field Supervisor for Midwest Theological Graduate School Southern Baptist, former Teacher for Western Bible College Kansas City, Mo-campus, former staff Chaplain of Jackson County Juvenile Court, and former Chaplain for the Grandview Police Department. He also served as former Afro-American Southern Baptist Convention Missouri State President, Executive Committee member of the North American Mission Board for the Southern Baptist Convention and the Blue River Association of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Through Pastor Ford’s foundation in ministry and in the Word of God, Second Missionary Baptist Church continues to reach the world for Christ!
Verna Ruth Charles Ford was born January 23, 1949 in St. Petersburg, Florida. She attended the public schools in St. Petersburg and Daytona Beach, Florida, where she lived for seven years. Verna graduated in June 1966 from Gibbs Senior High School, St Petersburg, FL.
On August 30, 1969, Verna R. Charles and Pastor Dr. Donald Duwayne Ford I were united in marriage. Two children were born to this union, Donald Duwayne II (Tammy) and Tashonda Lachelle (a.k.a. Tasha) and 3 grandchildren, Mario Cortez Bennett-Ford, Quierra Chante’ LaShell Ford and Antonio Geno Robinson.
Sis. Ford earned an Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies and Elementary Education from the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City. In May 1990, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration Management from Webster University.
Sis. Ford started her working career at Folgers Coffee Company, where she worked as a clerk typist from July 1969 to January 1976. After leaving Folgers, she worked at Knight-Ridder Financial, Inc.(formerly known as Commodity News Services, Inc.) for 18 ½ years. Verna was hired at Knight-Ridder Financial as an Administrative Assistant. Through dedication and hard work, she worked her way to the Executive Editor position in 1977 and became a Knight-Ridder Financial Business Manager in 1991. Although Verna enjoyed her career at Knight-Ridder, she left her position to join her husband at Second Missionary Baptist Church where she became the full-time Business Manager. She served in this position until October 2012.
On February 26, 1978, She was one of four charter members who assisted her husband, Pastor Dr. Ford, in organizing Second Missionary Baptist Church of Grandview. Although Verna was working in the corporate sector, she still found time to assist her husband in various administrative aspects of the church. She served as Church Clerk/Corporate Secretary and she helped develop many ministries: including the Pastor’s Aides and Special Program Ministries. Sis. Ford served in many positions at Second Missionary Baptist Church. She was the first Youth Choir Director, Primary Teacher, and Mission President, to name a few. Some of her favorite areas to work at SMBC included: “Teen Challenge” where Sunday School classes were centered around peer pressure, sex education, saying “no” to drugs and other subjects that “challenge” our youth. Receiving positive feedback from members who learned from classes on how to better establish and live by their budgeting or money management plans, was a mutual blessing for her and those who attended the sessions. She also enjoyed interacting with the women of the church in prayer and biblical studies, as well as, assisting Minister and Deacon Wives with some of the challenges they face as wives of spiritual leaders.
Verna Ford was a devoted member of the Kansas City Area Ministers’ Wives Conference of the General Baptist Convention. Under the leadership of several presidents including Mrs. Iva Millbon, Mrs. Eloise Allen, Mrs. Helen Johnson and Mrs. Ida Love; Sis Ford held the positions of Secretary, Resource Leader and Vice President.
Verna Ruth Charles Ford departed this life on Friday, October 19, 2012.