Church History

The Prospect Missionary Baptist Church was organized on April 16, 1966, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Reverend J.D. Provo, Reverend E.R. Neal and 23 charter members.  On September 19, 1968, this two-year-old congregation was blessed with two acres of land at 2809 N. Missouri Avenue. An existing building was purchased soon thereafter and renovated.

Through a commitment of growing God’s house, the church leadership decided to purchase five additional acres. The Prospect Missionary Baptist Church continued to grow and prosper under the leadership of Reverend A.D. Provo.


 


In September 1977, Reverend C.D. Fisher was called to pastor, after the passing of Reverend A.D. Provo.


In February 1980, Reverend Charles E. Parker was called to pastor. Under the leadership of Reverend Parker the growth of the church led to the construction of a new church (now the current multi-purpose building) in January 1981. During construction, worship services were temporarily held at the YWCA at N.E. 16th and Eastern (Martin Luther King).



 

In April 1981, Rev. Rocellia Johnson and the Evangelism Team implemented Evangelism Training under the guidance of the Bethany Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA. This movement had and continues to have a tremendous impact on the spiritual and physical growth of Prospect.
 

On February 6, 1985, Rev Eddie O’Dell was called to pastor and remained until his resignation on December 17, 1986.


On February 15, 1987, Reverend Lee E. Cooper, Jr. was called to pastor the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. By November 14, 1993, Prospect was blessed to execute an “early pay-off ” on the mortgage of the present multi-purpose building.  God continues his preparation for greater things to come as the need for additional space for both worship and Christian education begin to take shape.

 

As a result of a two-year Building Fund Campaign in 1996, and a very successful Bond Drive in January 1998, Prospect Missionary Baptist Church was blessed to build a 1.2 million dollar state of the art sanctuary to include church office, and additional classroom space in 1999. During the week of March 21, 1999 – March 28, 1999, an entrance celebration and dedication service was held for the new sanctuary guided by the theme, “God’s Eyes Are on His Temple Day and Night,” I Kings 8:22-30.



In November 2000, Pastor Lee E. Cooper, Jr., became the first African American Board member to preach at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. 


In January 2002, initial plans for Phase II of the building project were established, continuing our focus toward fulfilling God’s vision for the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church by embracing this vision, we laid the foundation for this spirit-filled 2003-2006 Capital Stewardship Campaign.
 

Th e purpose of the “Growing Together Building in Faith,” Capital Stewardship Campaign was led by the guidance of God, to do God’s ministry in both our church and the community.  This vision included all members of the congregation to encourage them to pray for God’s guidance and direction in deciding what sacrifi cial commitment they could make (over and above their tithes and off erings) for the next three years. Our goal was to raise one million dollars in order to build for our Phase II facility. “Growing Together” Building in Faith,” was a major step towards influencing our world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to bring salvation, grace, blessings, and most importantly, glory to God.
 

Under Pastor Cooper’s leadership many ministries were organized; LinC, Fine Arts (Drama & Vessels of Praise), Seasoned Saints (Fifties Plus), Angel Tree, Angel Food Network and the Marriage Ministry.


On September 30, 2005, Prospect suffered a tremendous loss in the passing of its First Lady, Sister Shelia Wiley Cooper.  On October 4, 2005, a home going celebration for our First Lady was held at St. John Missionary Baptist Church with thousands in attendance to say goodbye.  Her loss was felt by all of Oklahoma City.
 

On December 10, 2005, Prospect Missionary Baptist Church celebrated with our Pastor; as he received a Doctorate of Human Letters from the University of Virginia at Lynchburg conferred upon him by Dr. Ralph Reavis, President.


In January 2006, Prospect Missionary Baptist Church was blessed with donated property from Stiles Avenue Baptist Church.


In April 2006, Minister Alice Richardson was appointed Assistant to the Senior Pastor. Reverend Gerald Edwards, Reverend Alice Richardson, and Reverend James Willis were ordained into the ministry.
 

In 2007, Reverend Michael Walker and Reverend Lawrence Ware were licensed to preach and Reverend Lawrence Ware was appointed as Christian Education Director.


In January 2008, Rev. George Paul, Sr. and Rev. Terrance Miles, Sr. were licensed to preach.


In June 2008, Reverend Darron Johnson, Youth Pastor accepted a position as Pastor of Emanuel Fellowship Baptist Church, in Dallas, TX.


In January 2009, Reverend Michael Walker and Reverend Lawrence Ware were ordained into the ministry.


In April 2009, a third service began at 9:30 am at the Quail Springs Mall AMC Theater.  This service was added in order to meet the ministry needs of people living in northwest Oklahoma City and Edmond.


In August 2009, Rev. Eric Gill preached his first sermon.  In December 2009, Dr. Sharon Brown was licensed to preach.


On May 9, 2010, Rev. Carol Kennedy preached her first sermon.


In August 2010, the Youth Ministry voted to change their name to Prospect Church JAM (Jesus and Me) and meet every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm.  This activity was geared to minister to the youth of Prospect. The youth played a vital role in selecting the name of the ministry.  Leaders included Rev. Alice Richardson, Deacon Cecil Ray, Rev. DeWayne Walker,


Rev. Eddie Gill, Rev. Cedric Cudjoe, II and Sisters Wanda Gill, Felicia Cudjoe, Kristee Moore, Charlesetta Ray, Katherine Ford, and Jo Leonard, singers DeVinne Walker, Deanna Shelton, Tori Carbajal and other faithful individuals.
 

In October 2010, Rev. Cedric Cudjoe, II preached his first sermon.
 

In March 2011, Pat Kern accepted an Administrative Assistant position.
 

In June 2011, Rev. DeWayne Walker accepted position as Youth Pastor.
 

On January 16, 2011, a home going celebration for Deacon Theodore Waymond House, Jr. was held at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
 

On August 27, 2011, a home going celebration for Chairperson of the Trustee Board, Betty Renfrow was held.
 

On January 16, 2012, a home going celebration for Rev. Cedric Cudjoe, II was held at St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
 

On March 25, 2012, Prospect kicked off a $1.5 million dollar Bond Campaign to build a 13,000 square ft. Youth & Children’s Facility.
 

On April 15, 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Youth & Children’s Facility was held following Sunday morning worship where Dr. Lee E. Cooper, Jr. preached from I Kings 6:12-14, and “Building God’s House,” as the subject. Church members and civic leaders joined in our celebration of our anticipated Youth & Children’s Facility.

On June 3, 2012, Dr. Lee E. Cooper, Jr. celebrated his 25th Anniversary as Senior Pastor.

In September 2012, Prospect began bringing their tithes and offering to the storehouse the 21st Century way with online giving.
In November 2012, Rev. Lynden McKay & Rev. Anna McKay were added as Associate Ministers.
 
On February 3, 2013, the Capital Campaign was launched in an effort for the congregation to participate in furnishings the Youth & Education Facility.  This campaign allowed “Not Equal Giving, But Equal Sacrifice.” Level One ~ Over and Above Level ($1,000.00 or more.  Level Two ~ Sacrifice Level $500.00 or more.  Level Three ~ Support Level $100.00 or more. 
 
On April 26 & 28, 2013, Dr. Lee E. Cooper, Jr. celebrated his 26th Anniversary as Senior Pastor. 
 
In April 2013, Rev. DeWayne Walker resigned as Youth Pastor.  In June 2013, Rev. Eric Gill was hired as Youth Pastor. 
 
On June 30, 2013, Rev. Eric Gill & Rev. Eddie Gill were ordained as Ministers.
 
On July 5, 2013, a home going celebration for Deaconess Martha Hayes-Spivey and on August 15, 2013, a home going celebration for Rev. George Paul, Sr. 
 
On September 8, 2013, the Capital Campaign ended.
 
Prospect Youth & Education Facility Entrance Celebration was held from September 18 - 22, 2013.  A banquet, musical and evening services were held as several churches within the community helped celebrate what great things The Lord has done.  The theme for this occasion was “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” Psalm 102:18.

 

The Prospect Church Family stands proud of our heritage and we are excited about where God is taking us.

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker." ~ Psalm 95:6