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Convent Avenue Baptist Church

Convent Avenue Baptist Church was founded on February 4, 1942 by Dr. John W. Saunders, formerly pastor of the Walker Memorial Baptist Church. Two years earlier, Dr. Saunders, already in his seventies, had formed a group known as the "Kingdom Builders." The Kingdom Builders held services in the former Congress Casino and the old Baptist Temple in Harlem.

The Kingdom Builders, with a $50,000 mortgage, purchased the sanctuary of the former Washington Heights Baptist Church and on February 4, 1942, they Kingdom Builders walked up 145th Street to occupy what is now the Convent Avenue Baptist Church. Howard Ruthus Mann became the Church's Minister of Music and served in that role for 42 years. Professor Mann started what continues to be a hallmark of worship at Convent, an extraordinary ministry of music rivaled by few churches anywhere. The church now has six musical choirs, plus a spoken word Scripture Choir.

Rev. Dr. Jesse T. Williams, Jr., Senior Pastor

Alternate telephone number for Convent: 646-698-5100 (t); 212-234-6019 (f)

Sunday Services: 8:00 am & 11:00 am

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Worship Service: Sunday 8:00am, 11:00 am & 6:00 pm (first Sunday of the month);
Children & Youth Worship Service: 11:00 am.

Visitor Information

Convent Avenue Baptist Church

420 West 145th Street
bet. W 145th & Convent Ave
New York, NY 10031
212-234-6767 phone
212-234-6019 TTY

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