Miami’s Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church


Staff Report

MIAMI – Any entity that can boast one hundred years of service to the community should be held in high esteem, but that sentiment is magnified when that place is doing “The Lord’s Work.”

Such is the case with Miami’s Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, which will kick-off its Centennial Church Anniversary celebration on Saturday, August 12 at 5:30 p.m. with a one-of-a-kind Anniversary Gala.

Featuring guest speaker Reverend Arthur Jackson III and a special music performance by Dove Award nominee Jonathan Nelson and Purpose, the gala will be held at the luxurious Marriott Miami-Biscayne Bay, located at 1633 North Bayshore Drive in Miami. Tickets are available for purchase at Reverend Johnny L. Barber II, Mt. Sinai’s senior pastor and teacher, expressed pure joy at the thought of where the ministry is today.

“Words cannot begin to articulate nor capture the emotional feeling when I reflect on Mount Sinai celebrating 100 years of ministry. It is truly amazing! It is unfathomable. This is historical not only for our church and its members, but for the community,” Barber said.

The festivities will continue through the following week with nightly Pre-Anniversary Worship Services held at 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, August 15 through Thursday, August 17.

Services will feature guest speaker Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick and the phenomenal psalmist Pastor Christina Robinson. These services will be held at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, located at 698 NW 47 Terrace in Miami.

The culminating celebration will be August 20, beginning with a parade followed by Rev. Gregory Thompson of New Harvest Missionary Baptist Church ministering the Anniversary Service.

Founded by the late Rev. Page, Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Miami, Inc. was founded in August 1917. At its inception, the church was housed in a tin structure with a sawdust floor, directly behind 1417 NW 5 Place, which was then known as Grant Avenue. Over the next few decades, services were held in several locations before settling in 1965 in the current location.

“This religious institution has endured many events over the span of that time. In her own history, she has overcome every obstacle that she faced: challenges within ministry, internal changes, societal changes, racial and ethnic struggles, to name a few,” Barber said. “I am proud that in this moment in time that I am her sixth pastor. It is indeed an honor to serve here. There are not many pastors who can lay claim to what Mount Sinai has afforded me. Mount Sinai has a rich history.”