History of SSMBC

SSMBC Old Church

Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church is an organized body of believers founded on the principles of God’s Word. As spoken in the words of Jesus, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail”, Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church has persevered and prevailed through many hardships, challenges, and changes. The leadership of the Holy Spirit has developed and guided this ministry to the place it is today.

In 1882, at the home of Eddie Guye, a group of people desired to form a church. A wooden structure was built at the corner of Spring Street and Horner Street-to the right of the old Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church site. A minister was chosen, Rev. Sandy Griggs of Warrenton, North Carolina, who was the first pastor. He remained from 1882 until his death in 1935.

The second pastor was Rev. Samuel Clanton, also of Warren County. He started his pastorate in 1936, and served until 1947.

The third pastor chosen was Rev. W. W. Faulcon of Halifax County. He served as pastor from 1947 until 1948.

The fourth pastor was Rev. J. C. Cobbs, a native of Vance County. He pastured from 1949 until 1955. Under his leadership the basement to the old Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church was completed and utilized as the fellowship hall.  The fifth pastor was the Rev. W. J. Hall of Granville County, who pastured from 1956 until 1960. The church held service twice a month, on the first and third Sundays, until 1958 under his leadership. It was then the under the direction of Dr. W. J. Hall, an active club was formed. The first Trustee Board was also organized under the leadership of Rev. W. J. Hall in 1956.  The sixth pastor, Dr. R. M. Burnette of Warren County, was chosen in 1960 until 1998. The church built an educational building and had its burning of the mortgage under the leadership of Dr. Burnette. Many ministries were developed and strengthened during his pastorate to continue the growth at Spring Street.

The seventh was Rev. Chad R. Armstrong, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, now residing in Wake County, has been pastor since July of 1999. During his short period of time as pastor we have experienced tremendous growth, spiritually and numerically. Because of the age of the old facilities it became necessary to build a new edifice. Prior to Pastor Armstrong’s arrival, Spring Street was endeavoring to build a new church. After a unanimous vote, he and the congregation continued to progress to fulfill the vision already given. Under his leadership we secured the loan to erect our new edifice. On June 25, 2000, Spring Street Missionary Baptist Church moved from the old site to the new and current location of 511 Orange Street. In addition, Pastor Armstrong has instituted and revamped other programs under his leadership such as the Young Adults in Christ (YAC) Ministry, New Disciple’s Training, Youth Ministry, and Women’s Fellowship, just to name a few.

May God continue to bless this branch of Zion as we continue to become the bride He desires at His return.