Time to ‘forge ahead into the 21st century,’ says new leader of Baptist ministers

smitchell@tri-statedefender.com | 1/13/2012, 11:19 a.m.

“…We don’t want to be just an organization of ministers, but we want to make a marked difference in our community. My vision is to expand our efforts in mentoring our boys and continuing to invest in our children’s education…”

– Dr. Roosevelt Joyner


   The Rev. Dr. Frank E. Ray delivered a spirited keynote address during the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association installation service. The MBMA continues to be an active financial supporter for The LeMoyne Owen College, and for the James L. Netters and Henry Logan Stark chairs at the Memphis Theological Seminary. (Photos by Tyrone P. Easley)    The MBMA has donated tens of thousands of dollars over the past three decades to “deserving seniors who aspire to attend college.” Now the group is being led by new President Dr. Roosevelt Terrance Joyner (right) and Vice President Dr. Luther R. Williams. Also pictured (l-r), Clara Williams and Carolyn Joyner.

A changing of the guard in leadership at the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association (MBMA) “will continue the standard of excellence demonstrated by past administrations and forge ahead into the 21st century,” according to the organization’s newly seated president.

Immediate past president, the Rev. Carl Greer, passed the gavel to the incoming president, Dr. Roosevelt Joyner, pastor of Koinonia Baptist Church, last Sunday (Jan. 8) at Koinonia at 4340 Millbranch Rd. The new administration will serve through 2014.

“Our plans are to move forward into the 21st century technologically, socially, and religiously,” said Joyner. “Rev. Greer’s leadership focused on some very important issues regarding the African-American community – educating our children and improving overall healthcare for our people.

“We want to continue to make a positive difference in our community by expanding the programs we have in place to mentor young people, especially our boys. I want to focus, not so much on political activism, but on making Baptist ministers enablers – enabling our children to obtain a quality education and become successful adults. We plan to work closely with our schools and in our churches to expand our efforts.”

The MBMA has 400-plus members, many of whom are pastors of established churches and outreach ministries. Others are associate ministers, seminary students and aspiring pastors. The group meets every Tuesday morning at the organization’s headquarters, located at 591 E. McLemore Ave. in South Memphis.

Setting administrative priorities

Joyner said the MBMA is building a website that should be up and running by the first of March. It’s just one of the technological advances underway. Expect interactive features that will enable members to post video invitations to worship as well as full sermon messages.