The Young Street Community Baptist Church is a loving fellowship of believers honoring Christ through worship, committed to serving him by reaching people for
membership into his family and equipping them for christian living and services.
After faithful years of ministry in the community, the membership of the former
church Eastland Heights Baptist had moved. As a result, they began to discuss the
possibility of selling the church property. However, after spending several months in
prayer, this congregation of six members, Ms Mae Reavis, Ms. Judy Hembree, Ms.
Thelma Sumlin, Ms, Ruby Huggins, Ms. Claudine Herbert, and Ms. Lorraine Morris
decided that they would not sell the church. They decided they would rather dissolve
their congregation and ask the Atlanta Baptist Association to assist them in building a
new congregation. They desired a ministry that would intentionally reach and minister
to this racially mixed community.
God had already begun to prepare a man and a church to take on the responsibility of
building a community for Christ. He chose the Mount Zion Second Baptist Church, under
the leadership of Rev. Marty L. Henderson to be the sponsoring church.
From the church, God called Rev. Marques L. Fletcher who had served as the minister
of evangelism for seven years. In July of 1999 Rev. Fletcher served as the
church planter. With the help of God, through prayer and fasting Rev. Fletcher and his
wife Stephanie Syvonne Fletcher began to walk through the community. They invested their
time knocking on the doors and greeting the neighborhood while touching hearts and
changing lives. On the 2nd Sunday in July, 1999 the church had its first service as a mission church.
From that first service, this mission church began to walk with God through the process of
developing Core Values that would minister to the needs of the people. It took six months of
Bible Study and prayer to develop a Mission Statement, another seven months to pen a
Constitution and a set of By-Laws. In May of 2001, the Lord decided it was time to
constitute us as a church. At the time the congregation had grown to over 100 memberships.
Representatives from this mission church went to our sponsoring church (Mount Zion 2nd
Baptist Church) to ask for permission to form as a fully constituted Church Body, under the
name of Young Street Community Baptist Church. As a result they set a council in place
consisting of Rev. Marty Henderson, pastor of Mount Zion 2nd Baptist Church, who chaired
the constituting council, Pastor T. Dewitt Smith of West Hunter Street Baptist Church, First
Vice President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, along with Pastor Hopie
Strickland of New Hope Baptist Church, President of the New Era State Convention of
Georgia, and the officers and members of Mount Zion 2nd Baptist Church were in
attendance. All were given copies of the Mission Statement, Constitution and By-Laws, and
were allowed to ask questions concerning the documents. The meeting lasted four hours and
with the hand of the Lord upon us the vote was cast to allow the Young Street Community
Baptist Church to be constituted.
We are a praying church and have much to be thankful for, because we realize that it is not
us, but Christ that lives in us. Our Pastor’s motto since arriving has been, “We don’t have
money, but we’ve got each other” and “We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.”