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Our History

The Beginning

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church was established in 1922 when God touched the hearts, souls and minds of six spirit – filled believers – Horace and Hazel Smith, Willie and Maggie Smith, Omer and Virginia Maxville. During their soul stirring weekly prayer bands, the Lord moved upon their hearts saying, “Upon this rock, I will build Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Out of this prayer band, Friendship Church was birthed.

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Pastor L.L. Tisdale

The fifth pastor was Reverend T.C. Morris, who came to Friendship in 1969. He is remembered as both a “preacher” and a “pastor”. It was under his leadership that Rev. H.J. Mosely accepted his call to ministry. Reverend Morris was a sincere minister who was concerned for all members, as well as non-members. He retired in 1976 due to failing health. In August of that same year, Dr. L.L. Tisdale was called to Pastor Friendship and officially assumed this role the first Sunday in December. Pastor L.L. Tisdale was affectionately given the name, “The Holy Ghost Preaching and Singing Pastor.” He was a man with a vision who was led by God. Dr. Tisdale was very interested in the youth of the church and made certain that Christian values were the basis of their lives. He was not only concerned about the young people but for all members of the congregation and the unsaved everywhere.

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Pastor Weldon Tisdale

On July 20, 1997, Reverend Weldon L. Tisdale Sr. was selected as the next pastor in succession to his father. Pastor Weldon L. Tisdale is an anointed visionary and trailblazer. Upon him being called as Pastor, he felt led by God to implement ministries, programs and activities to reach diverse individuals that will contribute to the spiritual and numerical growth of our church. Pastor Weldon blended the church’s traditional Baptist roots with Pentecostal beliefs which caused the church to transition from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to Friendship Church. This change expanded the church’s fellowships and allowed them the opportunity to travel all over the United States. His vision led our church membership to grow spiritually and exponentially. We added an additional worship service time to accommodate all of our members.

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