A very Brief History of Friendship Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church began as Lawder Baptist Mission. The Lawder Mission was started as a mission of Mexico First Baptist Church with the stated purpose of reaching the community of Rivers Addition. The “Mission” first met in a small building, formerly Lawder School, that still stands at the end of State Road JJ on US Hwy 54. The Lawder Mission organized into a church November 1950 and 2 years after the mission started the congregation moved to Friendship Drive and was renamed Friendship Baptist Church. Some difficulties included church members becoming stuck as a basement was being dug by hand under the building, - when a huge amount of rain fell during he basement project. It was a grand time as the church grew in number and decided to relocate again in the early 1960's to its present locational (4500 E. Liberty -[US Hwy 54]) which is only 2 blocks from the location of the original “Mission” and only 3 blocks due north of the building in use at the time the mission organized into a church.

Friendship has had several pastors. Our founding  pastor, Rev. Bill Gorrell is now retired and lives in St. Louis, MO. Some notable pastors have served us including Rev. Bob Kennison, who later became the head of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in Bridgeton, MO (now retired), Rev. Les Elam, pastor when the present building was built and the congregation moved to the current Highway 54 location. The late Rev Marvin Jones was our pastor for 23 years. Marvin was with us when we built the parsonage at the south west edge of the parking lot. Rev. Gary Thomas left us to pursue missions in Alaska, Rev. John Crowley, (only here a few years) and left us due physical injuries suffered from an automobile accident,  The late Rev. Craig Stevens was with us for 11 years. Our present pastor, Bro. Glenn Forman came to us January 2005. He served as our interim from January 2005 until becoming our pastor in October of 2005.

Through the years we have taken church and youth mission trips to various places including; Old Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado and Montana.

Presently we are working to become more effective in fulfilling our Lord's mandate to reach our community, the surrounding area, our state, our nation and the world with the Gospel.

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