The Deaconess Ministry was established under the pastorate of the late Rev. T. J. Jordan on October 4, 1987 with the appointment of two ladies Marjorie J. Crowder and Shirley R. Lee. The Deaconesses were officially organized in 1998 by the pastor, Rev. Arthur E. Coardes, with the appointment of three new members. They are Thelma C. Craig, Otelia C. Jones, and Eva J. Lee. D. Belinda Craig was consecrated as a deaconess in 2005 by pastor L. Reginald Hurt, Sr. The purposes of the Deaconess Ministry is to enhance the spiritual business of the church, and to help foster peace, love and Christian unity in the Body of Christ through witness and righteous living.
The WHBC Communication and Media Ministry started September 2012 by Media Specialist Stacy L. Craig. The purpose of the ministry is to keep the community, neighboring churches, and church members near and far, up to date with church events. Also, to reach people in a positive way by spreading the word of God through the use of modern technology. Our mission is to be vocal about God’s word and make a connection. The ministry strives to keep information flowing weekly through its Facebook page, website, bulletin, newsletter and other social media.
The West Hill Baptist Church Youth is a Ministry that was established several years ago. It engages in many exciting activities for the young members of the church. At present time it has a membership of over twenty-five strong and growing. The ages range from two to eighteen. The youth adult sponsors meets quarterly to bring innovative ideas to the program. All of the Second Sunday services are conducted by the youth members. They lead Prayer and Praise Service, read scriptures, renders prayers, extend the welcome, present the announcements, and collect the offering. The messages, by Pastor Hurt are conducted in a way that creates interaction between the congregation and the Pastor; such as skits, Bible search, open dialogue and much more.
Pastor and Youth Day Outings, S.W.A.G Team (Mimes, Praise Dancing, and Drama), Choir, Craft Workshops, clean up service day, visiting within the community, shining up the van are a few of the activities you will see our youth taking on an active role. This Ministry also has a Mentor Program to encourage adult and youth fellowship as well as relationship. As the years go on we will continue to update and improve on this ministry to make it a ministry in which God is pleased. Adult Sponsors are Deaconess Thelma Craig, Sister Willette Hazelwood, and Sister Otelia Lee.
The West Hill Baptist Church Senior Choir was establish in the 1900's or earlier. Since that time many members have come and gone. We are still holding on to God's hand and ministering through songs for the glory of God. Our mission is to be a blessing to souls who are burden down, hurting or just need a uplifting through songs. We accompany our pastor on engagements as well as by invitation. We render the music on our fourth Sunday's service each month. We give God all the praise for this ministry.
The Missionary Ministry is as old as the church itself. It was designed to help the sick, bereaved, hungry, poor in spirit, and to support the members of the church.
Presently, the ministry consists of seven very active members: Thelma Craig, President, Belinda Craig, Secretary, Eva Lee, Treasurer, Karen Williams, Women and Girls Missions; Jessie Craig, Geneva Ingram, and Otelia Jones. We are a member of the Bluestone Harmony Association. We send donations to local organizations. We physically lend a helping hand within the community where there is a need. We meet once a month to study from the Missionary Worker Booklet. It Booklet informs us of what other Missionary Ministries are doing to uplift God’s kingdom and it gives us lessons and scriptures that we can follow to strengthen our Ministry. We sponsor The Pre-Thanksgiving Family and Friends Day Dinner Service which is always held the third Sunday in November at three o’clock.
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The West Hill Junior Choir is operating at the present time under the direction of Deaconess Thelma Craig. Practices and rehearsals are held every second Saturday from 10:00 am to 12 noon. Stacy L. Craig serves as the Pianist and Lyricist for this Ministry. Trustee Eddie Robertson plays the lead guitar and Jamie Craig the percussionist and sound specialist.
The choir renders the music for the youth services which are held on 2nd Sunday of each month. This choir has been invited to many churches to conduct the music for service. They have traveled with the Pastor to revivals services, homecomings services, pastor’s anniversaries, and installation services. This choir is composed of nine youths and five adult sponsors.