ABOVE PHOTO: Rev. Dr. John Robert “Bobby” Adolph
By Thera Martin
At a time when our beloved city of Philadelphia is experiencing so much violence on our streets, and in our homes, many religious leaders are proclaiming, without question— “Its time for prayer. It’s time for revival”!
The Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Myron D. Barnes, Sr., pastor of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, is inviting all people of faith — whether you are Baptist, Pentecostal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, or practice another faith — to come out and attend the City Wide Revival nightly, and let all of Philadelphia and beyond know that prayer does still work, and that faith is not dead.
The Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity leaders and members are observing the 50th Anniversary of their Annual City-Wide Revival, October 28 – 31 starting each evening at 7:00 p.m. This year, the event will be held at Triumph Baptist Church, located at 1648 Rev. Dr. James S. Hall Way, (formerly West Hunting Park Avenue) where the Rev. Dr. James S. Hall is the senior pastor. The theme this year is, “Advancing the Cause of Christ Through Preaching, Partnerships and Pentecostal Power, – Acts 1:8.”
Bishop J. Louis Felton, pastor of Mount Airy Church of God In Christ will open Revival Week with the evening message on Sunday at 7 p.m. Elder Daniel Sutton of New Kingdom Life Ministries will preach the noon services Monday-Wednesday and the Rev. Dr. John Robert “Bobby” Adolph, pastor of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas, will preach the evening services beginning at 7 p.m.
Dr. Adolph is a native of Houston, Texas. Upon graduation from Morehouse School of Religion with a Master of Divinity degree, he was called to become the Under Shepherd of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas. He earned his BBA degree at Texas Southern University. He earned his doctorate degree in Divinity from the Houston School of Theology.
He is active in many facets of both religious and community affairs. However, first and foremost, he is the pastor at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. He’s also on the boards of a number of prestigious and important organizations, amongst them, the board of directors for Memorial Herman Baptist Hospital, the National Baptist Convention, Inc. of America, and serves as president of the Southeast Chapter of the One Church, One Child adoption agency. He’s a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc., One Hundred Black Men of Greater Beaumont, and he’s an active community advocate, not afraid to speak up and speak out on hot button issues facing residents of Beaumont and other areas in Texas.
“This year will be particularly special because it is our 50th anniversary year for holding the Philadelphia city-wide revival,” said Rev. Dr. Myron D. Barnes, Sr., pastor of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church and president of the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity. “We say come one, come all. We have a true man of God who will deliver the message each evening of revival, and we welcome all believers to observe this momentous occasion and this landmark anniversary with us. We need much prayer in Philadelphia and across America. Join with us for Revival Week.”
The city-wide revival brings thousands of people of God together for nightly prayer and worship and to receive the word of God.
The Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity was organized over 75 years ago by the late Rev. I.W. Foulkes. The conference’s purpose was to provide peer fellowship for pastors throughout the city of Philadelphia and vicinity. In 1968, during the administration of the Rev. James S. Hall, Jr., the City Wide Revival was initiated to provide exemplary teaching and preaching by nationally known Evangelists, Revivalists and Lecturers to reach the unchurched, save the unsaved and make a unified statement of our faith in the areas of witnessing and evangelism.
The Citywide Revival will bring together clergy and lay people from all denominations, giving them an opportunity for Christian fellowship, spiritual renewal and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Rev. James Moore, Sr., pastor of Second Mount Zion Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, is the general chairperson of this year’s event and the Rev. Dr. James S. Hall, Jr. is the honorary chairperson for the occasion.
The Citywide Mass Choir, directed by Karen C. Hines and made up of over 50 area church choir members, will be singing at each evening’s service.