Reverend Dr. Darren M. Morton - Pastor
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: 7:30am Early Worship Service (2nd, 3rd, & 4th Sundays only)
9:00am New Membership Training | 9:00am Sunday School | 10:30am Worship Service
141 S 9th Avenue | Mt. Vernon, NY 10550 (914) 667-2333 or (914) 667-6691 Fax: (914) 667-6715

where everybody is somebody and christ is all

Our History

In a few minutes I shall attempt to fill in some of the space between 1913 and 2013. The space is filled with faith, hope, love, truth, trust, meetings and some discussions too! 90 years ago a group of 10 persons held a meeting at 111 West Third Street to discuss the organizing of a church. It was a cold night on the 16th of February 1913. The group consisted of the organizing Pastor, the Rev. J. D. Morris, Deacon John Rollins, Sisters Maggie Bell, Eleanor Chavis, Laura Fuller, Rebecca Collins and Addie Samuel.

On April 1914, Macedonia moved to 158 South Eighth Avenue. In 1916, Macedonia moved to 201 South Ninth Avenue. Rev. Lynwood Bush was the second pastor and Rev. Mark Lynch was the third pastor. Under Rev. Lynch’s leadership, a dwelling house at 141 South Ninth Avenue was purchased and renovated for worship services. In April 1918, Rev. Rinico Nelson became the fourth pastor. Under Dr. Nelson’s leadership, Macedonia started making plans to build a new church. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 7, 1922.

In 1929, The Great Depression attacked our nation. Unemployment soared and Macedonia was threatened with foreclosure. Rev. Nelson sent out an S.O.S. call to the citizens of Mount Vernon and all of Westchester. He was trying to raise $15,000.00 to meet the mortgage and contractors payments. Macedonia endured until two mortgage holders were paid off and a mortgage burning ceremony was held on January 16, 1946. The senior choir rendered the music under the direction of Mr. Lucius Scott. The special selection was ”Let Mount Zion Rejoice”. The occasion rated a front-page spread in the Daily Argus with a photograph of Deacon John Rollins and Sis. Rebecca Hunt applying the burning candles to the mortgage papers held by Rev. Nelson and Trustee Henry Wiggs, Chairman Emeritus.

The first parsonage for the Pastor and the family was purchased in July 1946. Stained glass windows were installed in September 1950. Rev. Rinico Nelson served Macedonia as pastor for 40 years. On Labor Day, September 2, 1958, Dr. Rinico Nelson went home to be with the Lord in Mount Vernon Hospital.

On September 29, 1958, Rev. Richard H. Dixon, Jr., of Trinity Baptist Church, Pontiac, Michigan was called to become the fifth pastor of Macedonia. Rev Dixon was one of several ministers who accompanied the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Oslo, Sweden and witnessed Dr. King’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Under Rev. Dixon’s leadership, we purchased several properties nearby. In 1959, our present parsonage at 355 South Fulton Avenue was purchased. On March 13, 1979, the First Methodist Memorial Building, today better known as Macedonia Community Center was purchased for $17,500.00.

On Sunday, January 3, 1988, an unveiling ceremony with E. Daniel Davis, architect of the “New Macedonia Building” was held. March 7, 1992, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the Macedonia property. Construction began immediately. Pastor Dixon rendered wonderful leadership during our building drive.

Rev. Dixon sought the best he could find for Macedonia. On the occasion of our 49th Anniversary, January 26, 1975, he had an African Ambassador to the United Nations, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm, July 11, 1971; Macedonia sponsored Marian Anderson, February 25, 1960; Mahalia Jackson, November 10, 1960; the Biblical Theologian, Rev. C. N. Edwards was our guest, January 22, 1995; Rev. Al Sharpton, June 18, 1995.

One of the grand occasions of this Church was the grand opening of the New Macedonia, Sunday, June 4, 1995.

At 10 a.m., the Pastor and membership were assembled on the sidewalk facing the two buildings, the old and the new. Pastor Dixon, standing at the new door, offered prayer and recited a ribbon-cutting ritual; and the procession began. The Pastor and congregation continued through the new doors and down the aisles. Then, by right and left flank, each person filed between the pews. It was a beautiful sight.

Immediately, the Mass Choir highlighted the processional by singing ”We’ve Come This Far By Faith”, gracefully filing into the 100-seat choir loft. With everyone standing, Rev, Michael Press, Minister in Charge, ordered the first Call to Worship in the New Macedonia.

Yes, we’ve come this far by faith. Faith helped fill the space between 1913 and 2003. Praise God for His goodness through the years. We thank the members and friends for their support. Also, the phase groups and their captains. We praise the Ministers and the auxiliaries for joining in the procession of cooperation during the dark days caused by a faulty contractor.

On December 31, 1999, Rev. Richard H. Dixon, having served as pastor for over forty years, retired. Being the faithful servant he was, the Church voted to entitle him Pastor Emeritus. Macedonia then moved into pastor search mode and was without a pastor for over two years.

In January 2002, God sent us the Rev. Jimmie Hardaway, Jr. from Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, San Francisco, California to serve as the sixth pastor.

Rev. Hardaway came from the west, back to the east as a preacher with a vision and in a short time began leading the congregation from Membership to Discipleship. Oh yes, ”We’ve come this far by Faith!”

Pastor Hardaway established a Youth Church, reorganized New Membership Training Class, and began a weekly noon ”Lunch with Jesus” Bible Study to accommodate senior citizens and others. He also helped to start an ”Overcomers” Ministryfor substance abusers and people struggling with strongholds. Pastor Hardaway also implemented the 7:30 AM ”Come as you are” Service, Macedonia’s first Radio Broadcast on WVOX AM, and the purchase of Macedonia Towers and King’s Courtapartment buildings in Mt. Vernon, New York

On August 10, 2009, Rev. Jimmie Hardaway, Jr., being led by the Holy Spirit and having faith in the Lord, moved on to continue ministry after serving as Pastor at Macedonia for seven years.  

Yes, with God on our side, along with faith, patience, prayer and love, we continue to move forward in the Lord, as Macedonia still enjoys congregational Splendor because ”We’ve come this far by Faith!”.

Where Everybody is Somebody and Christ is All