13-17 Oak Street
East Orange, NJ 07018

Our Ministries

ministry2The Messiah Baptist Church ministries are instruments or mediums through which the mission of the Messiah Baptist Church can be expressed in real life by people helping each other and showing love and kindness to one another. Our Ministries are groups of volunteer's with common concerns, committed to helping others. Each ministry at Messiah Baptist Church serves as a means of providing extended service to those in need. Please call the church office to get more information about any of our ministries.



In addition to our traditional ministries, Messiah Baptist Church has the following resources to help promote our vision.

Bible Study

Bible Study is offered every Wednesday at 12 Noon and 7pm. It is designed to meet the spiritual needs of the congregation while promoting spiritual growth. Our bible studies are engaging, interactive, and center around the Word of God and biblically based books.

Children's Church

Children’s Church is offered every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sunday. It is for children ages 5 to 12. Children’s Church is an interactive worship that allows children to freely express themselves while learning about God and spiritual truths. Wide arrays of age appropriate resources are used to facilitate learning and growth.

Church School

Church School is offered every Sunday beginning at 8:45am. We offer classes for every age group. Currently the Youth and Teen Classes are using Urban Ministries Incorporated Curriculum. This curriculum addresses the needs of our students through age appropriate resources. Our Adult Class studies from the Precepts for Living Commentary.

List of Classes

Pre K to Kindergarten - Ms. Denise Clark
Primary Class - Ms. Sharon Hunt
Junior Class - Ms. Fannie Harrison
Junior High - Min. Sureka McGill 
Senior High - Minister Lisa Upshaw
Youth and Teen Heritage Class – Mrs. Marpessa Bell
Adult Class - Mrs. Shalonda Owens
New Members Class - Deacon Sarah Paul, Deacon Frances Brown, Deacon Cliff Rogers, Minister Mary Parker and Pastor Dana Owens


Joint Board

The Joint Board is made up of the Deacon and Trustee Ministry, the Financial Secretary, and Church Clerk. The Joint Board meets monthly to discuss the ministry and business matters.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is offered the first week of August for two hours. It is designed to provide youth and adults biblical study along with extra-curricular activities that promote familial relationships. A light dinner is served nightly.