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Baptist church ordains five ministers

Sunday, September 30, 2007 | 8:32 p.m. CDT; updated 11:47 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008
Keith Porter stands beside Nikita Mars, daughter of Rev. Yolanda Ayuso, as she takes a photo of the recently ordained Rev. Russel Robinson, Rev. J.P. Patterson, Rev. Yolando Ayuso, Rev. Demetrice Bell and Rev. Manuel Guyton in front on the altar at All Peoples Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, September 30th. Nikita Mars is the congregation's youngest youth minister and Keith Porter is the youngest deacon and drummer.

COLUMBIA — Up the stairs of the unimposing, gray house off McBaine Avenue, the Rev. Lue Ella Canton beamed as she welcomed the small afternoon crowd to celebrate the ordination of five new ministers.

Canton, who has led the All Peoples Missionary Baptist Church since its founding seven years ago, ordained the church’s newest pastors: the Rev. Demetrice Bell, the Rev. Yolanda Ayuso, the Rev. Russell Robinson, the Rev. Emmanuel Guyton and the Rev. James Patterson.

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Bell has already landed a position in Montgomery City as the new pastor of St. John Baptist Church. The other ministers will be seeking their own congregations in the next few months.

“Wherever God leads us,” Guyton said.

All Peoples Missionary Baptist Church began seven years ago, but Canton has been preaching since she was 9 years old, she said. Born in Arkansas, Canton came to Columbia and started her Baptist church without a building. Moving from place to place, Canton pressed on.

“The Lord told me to go forth,” Canton said, “He will stand by me, he will make a way.”

In about two weeks, the church’s building at 219 McBaine Ave. will be paid in full, about 2 ½ years after the congregation moved in.

The All Peoples Missionary Baptist Church is devoted to community outreach, Canton said. When a police officer asked her what she’d be using her building for, she replied, “I want to have it to help you all get the people off the street and find the Lord.” She added, “We’re filling ours up with people out on the streets.”

Nationwide, about 90 percent of black churchgoers attend a black church denomination, according to Hartford Seminary statistics. The seven recognized denominations of the historic black church are: the Church of God in Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the National Baptist Convention USA, the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention of America.

Drew Smith is the director of the Public Influences of African-American Churches Project and author of “New Day Begun: African American Churches and Civic Culture in Post-Civil Rights America.”

According to Smith, “African-Americans continue to regard churches as institutions focused on the spiritual and social needs at the very heart of black life.” But he adds that as we move forward into the 21st century, the black church has begun to embrace diversity.

Canton agrees. Her church is “mixed,” she said. She attributes much of that to interracial marriages.

“When we get to heaven there ain’t going to be no more separation now. We’re going to be the same,” Canton said. “We’re trying to get to be the same down here. We’re trying to be one.”


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Bob Mitchell October 1, 2007 | 11:07 a.m.

This is really awesome to see a local pastor help someone else in the calling of the ministry to do what God has asked of him or her to do.
For to many years pastors in the pulpits have dominated men and women of God from doing what THEY the servant has been called to do.
As a minister of the gospel, I'm happy to see this pastor help someone else, rather than hold the persons back because of insecurity or selfishness.
God has not called pastor's to hurt people in this world or to hold judgment over them because of their sins, as many people will do when they find out your weakness in life. We sometimes wonder why so many young people and older persons don't won't to go into the house of the Lord, well that's simple to understand. Who wants to always have someone up in their face judging them and reminding them of his or hers past?
God instructs pastor's and minister's to teach LOVE, PEACE, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS, MEEKNESS, and most of all SALVATION TO A HURTING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.
God does not need us as preachers to skin and clean the fish before they are caught and bought to shore.
No one that ever goes fishing ever catches a fish that is already clean and ready to eat. So as it is with sinners and backsliders, all Christians are to do is show them the way to salvation, and show them love, and then watch the Lord bring that person on in to pure cleanliness and righteousness in HIM.
Congratulations to those who have be helped to go out and help others to become Christians in today's world.
Thank you Pastor Canton for your willingness to be used of God to help someone else.

The Bishop
Tennessee State

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