Fellowship Highlights of the First 50 Years

  • 1950-59
  • 1960-69
  • 1970-79
  • 1980-89
  • 1990-99
Reverend Clay Evans founded Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in 1950, along with five founding members

Reverend Clay Evans was ordained by Reverend K. D. Clay on December 22, 1950.
Incorporated as Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church for the State of Illinois in 1952
Began the Radio Broadcast, Radio Station WWCA, Gary, Indiana, October, 1952
Reverend Consuella York was ordained March 26, 1954 by Reverend Clay Evans
The church moved to 4621 S. State Street on June 6, 1954. The building cost $25,000

The church moved to 45th Place & Princeton on November 15, 1959. The buildings cost $110,000 and there was a motorcade of 1500 cars
          • Broke ground for a new edifice at 46th & Princeton on September 23, 1964
          • Pastor Evans welcomed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the city in 1964
          • Pastor Evans ordained Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson on June 30, 1968
          • Reverend Evans, along with the Fellowship Choir, made their first LP recording &
            Reverend Evans ordained Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. as an associate minister of Fellowship in 1965.
          • On April 15, 1973, Fellowship walked from 45th Place and Princeton to 46th Street & Princeton to a newly erected church building that had cost Fellowship $500,000.00.
          • Organized Fellowship Baptist Church Credit Union
          • Launched first Television Ministry — 1977
          • 1st Evangelical Choir tour to various U.S. cities including: Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD
          • Fellowship Credit Union was established; Deacon Erwin Dabney, first Chairman.
Pastor Evans elected Chairman, Black National Religious Broadcasters

Burned the mortgage on the 46th & Princeton Building, July, 1987
Organized African American Religious Connection (AARC), November 1989
  • Pastor Evans attended the Presidential Inauguration of President William (Bill) Clinton, January 20, 1993
  • Ribbon cutting and open house for the New Education Building, February 19, 1994
  • Gwendolyn Brooks, famous poet, spoke and autographed books at Fellowship, February 25, 1996
  • Vice-president Al Gore and wife, Tipper, worshipped with Fellowship, 1996
  • Reverend Charles Jenkins named Associate Pastor of Fellowship in June, 1998, to succeed Pastor Evans in December 2000

Fellowship Highlights From The Millennium

  • 2000-2009
  • 2010-2019
Other Highlights
  • 2001: Pastor Charles Jenkins inaugural celebration in January 14-21, 2001
  • 2002: Kings and Priest (Men’s Ministry) and Daughters of Royalty (Women’s Ministry)
  • 2003: Groundbreaking for Fellowship Manor (The Ship’s Senior Citizen Building)
  • 2004: Purchased the Garfield Alternative School from the Catholic Archdiocese
  • 2004: Inception of Fellowship Youth Church (Second Wave)
  • 2005: Inception of Wednesday Boardroom Service (Downtown Chicago)
  • 2005: First Services held at Navy Pier
  • 2007: Fellowship Hosted “Expo For Today’s Black Woman” – 3 Days of Church “To Uplift Chicago”
  • 2007: Fellowship “LIVE” On Streaming Faith – Seen world-wide on www.streamingfaith.com
  • 2007: The Joshua Meeting (Theme: “Respect The Past…Expect The Future, Leading Change)
  • 2007: 57th Year Church Anniversary “Respect The Past…Expect The Future”
  • 2007: 6:00 P.M. Service – Ordination Service (Elder – Minister – Deacons)
  • 2008: Pastor Jenkins and The Boardroom welcomed ABC TV Channel 7 to experience “Worship in the Workplace” at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago, IL
  • 2008: Celebration of Pastor Jenkins 7th Year Pastoral Anniversary. Red Carpet Gala VIP Black Tie Reception and Concert featuring Comedian Ricky Smiley and Psalmist Donald Lawrence, with Pastor John Hannah as Host.
  • 2008: Pastor announced plans to purchase the Soft Sheen Building, 14 ½ Acres of land at 8522 S. Lafayette. Theme: Unity to Change Our Community.
  • 2008: “The March To One Million” – Every member was asked to “Sow A Seed” with a gift of $100.00 or more for our Legacy Project “Building People, Building Community”
  • 2009: “Seal The Deal Sunday” Pastor Jenkins, along with the leaders of the church, signed the contract with the intent to purchase the Soft Sheen Building located at 8522 S. Lafayette.
  • 2009: The Legacy Project: A New Campus, A New Concept, A New Community