We want something of our own. From that statement 50 people broke off from Calvary Baptist Church and started their own church. On February 22, 1937 these 50 members organized Metropolitan Baptist Church. Their motto was: Love and Charity. For approximately three months, they met at the O’Bee Funeral Home located at 736 W. Vine Street and then moved to a storefront located at 9th and Brown Street. Rev. E. A. Crockett was the founding pastor and served from February 22, 1937 until he resigned in June of 1945.
In August, 1945, Rev. A. W. Wise of Muncie, Indiana became pastor. The church grew very fast and soon outgrew the Brown Street location. In. June, 1946 they purchased a larger church at 9th and North Ave. and moved into that facility on June 16, 1946. Rev. Wise became ill after only six and one half years of service and was unable to pastor
In June, 1953, Rev. E. M. Kelly, Sr., who was then assistant pastor of Canaan Baptist Church, became our pastor. Metropolitan continued to grow. Rev. Kelly envisioned a new church, one that would be built from the ground. After much hard work and commitment, a new church was built at 1345 W. Burleigh St. The church was completed in April, 1968. Dedication Services ran from April 7, 1968 to April 21, 1968. Sadly, in 1972, Rev. Kelly died suddenly.
Upon the death of Rev. Kelly, Rev. Willie D. Wanzo, Sr. was appointed interim pastor and was installed as pastor in September, 1973. In 1978, under the leadership of Rev. Wanzo, the church was paid for and the mortgage was burned. Rev. Wanzo continued to provide competent and solid leadership until his death in October, 2012.
The church has continued to improve its physical structure from an air conditioning unit to parking lot additions, from pitched roofs to the building additions and remodeling. An air conditioning unit was added in 1979; the Church purchased land, added more parking; and in 1998 began and completed a $600,000.00 Renovation/Addition Project which includes an addition of 5 rooms, a multi-purpose hall, a pitched roof, and an elevator. Renovations and additions were made to the kitchen and an improved updated air conditioning unit was added. This mortgage was liquidated in October, 2003.
No less were the efforts aimed at spiritual growth. Prayer Meeting is held each Wednesday evening and a Bible Study/Prayer Ministry is held each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. Currently our Christian Education Classes include Sunday School Department – Cradle through Adult; New Member Classes, Christian Doctrine, Old Testament Classes, New Testament Classes, James Carey Bible Class, Bible Study/Prayer, Blacks In The Bible, Special Christmas Season Bible Study (Jesus is the Reason…), Pre-Lenten/Lenten Season Bible Study, Children’s Church, Correspondence Bible Lessons, and Saturday Morning Prayer Devotion Classes.
Support Ministries include the Food Distribution/Meal Program Ministry, Clothing Bank Ministry, Tutoring Program with Milwaukee Public Schools and Transportation Ministry for Senior Citizens. In 2005, we began a major drive to help the Hurricane Katrina victims.
The General Mission is active in local, national and foreign missions. Local mission projects include Neighborhood cleanup projects, serving of food at Guest House Shelter each month, monthly cards to sick and shut in, visitations to sick and shut-in / nursing homes, Project Focal Point, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Good News Clubs; National projects include the Tchula, Mississippi Project, Support for Sister Marian Pledger, National Baptist African Hospital Expansion Project; the foreign mission project includes The Christian Education Center in Haiti with Sister Ruth Applewhite and World Vision. In addition the Mission conducts two Christian Education workshops each year.
The Church supports its graduates by awarding scholarships and service awards to graduating high school seniors. On an average, Metropolitan awards over $10,000.00 in scholarships annually to Metropolitan graduating seniors who plan to attend college. The Church holds its Baccalaureate Services in June each year.
In 2010 and again in July, 2012, during periods of illness of Rev. Wanzo, Rev. Keith B. Parris served as minister in charge of the pulpit, delivering Sunday morning sermons, assisting in administrative issues, visiting the sick and shut-in, assisting the bereaved, delivering eulogies for members of MBC & their families, baby blessings and weddings. Since the death of Rev. Wanzo in October, 2012, Rev. Parris has continued with these duties until February 23, 2014.
Metropolitan is currently the direction of Interim Pastor Brandle C. Morrow, Sr., until such time as the God gives us a Pastor according to His heart, which shall feed us with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15)
We share with pride the achievements, the sacrifices and the successes we have obtained. As we look to the future, we thank God for making all of things possible. To God be the glory for the things He has done and will do!
“UNTO HIM BE THE GLORY IN THE CHURCH BY CHRIST JESUS THROUGHOUT ALL AGES, WORLD WITHOUT END.“ Ephesians 3:21
This site was last updated 07/20/08