The History of 
Baptist Church

December 1934

Friendship Baptist Church 
is organized by 35 Lansing, Michigan residents under the direction of  
Reverend Matthew Toomey.
Inez Wright becomes first candidate for baptism. 

June 1935

Reverend O.C. Thomas 
becomes the first pastor. 


Friendship purchases property at 925 West Main Street and erects a church building for $4,100.
Reverend Liston Stone becomes pastor. Under his leadership, the Church, liquidated its debt and experienced membership growth.
Upon his death, November 5, 1948, 
Reverend Richard Taylor becomes 
interim pastor.

October 1949

Reverend C. Gladstone Scott becomes pastor. Under his leadership, membership grew, the building fund grew from $5,000 to $90,000 and the property next door to the Church was purchased. 


 The old frame church building is razed
and a new stone edifice is built at  
925 West Main Street. 

March 1957

New church building is dedicated. 

January 1962

Reverend Scott resigns to become 
pastor of a Detroit church. 
Reverend Richard Taylor serves 
as interim. 

August 1962

Reverend Ferdinand Fritz becomes new pastor. In April 1964, during his tenure, 
the church mortgage is liquidated. 
He serves that year until 
Reverend David Whittington 
is named interim pastor. 

November 1964

Reverend E.C. Hawkins becomes pastor. 
Under his leadership, the church finances grew from $8,000 to $45,000. Friendship purchased 14.9 acres of land at 2912 Pleasant Grove Road at a cost of $70,000. His tenure ends in 1981 and 
Reverend William Steed serves 
as interim pastor.  

December 1980

The land mortgage for the property at 
2912 Pleasant Grove Road 
is liquidated and burned. 

July 1982

 Reverend Lester D. Stone is installed as the new pastor. Under his leadership, Friendship experiences strong growth in ministries, membership, community leadership and finances. 

February 1991

Friendship purchases additional property adjacent to 2912 Pleasant Grove Road, increasing land to more than 15 acres.   


A new fundraising campaign is launched to build a new Church building.   

June 1996

Friendship gives in excess of $10,000 to fund college scholarships for young members. 


 The "Achieving the Dream" building fund campaign is launched to raise $3.5 million to build a new Church home. Architect firm, Hobbs and Black Associates, 
is hired to design the new building.  

 February 2001

 The 925 West Main Street church building and property is sold to General Motors. 

 April 2002

 The congregation authorizes the trustee board to negotiate and contract with Wieland Davco to build the new church building. In May 2002, the groundbreaking ceremony is held at 2912 Pleasant Grove.

 July 2002

 Friendship secures a loan from Independent Bank to help finance the new 37,000 square foot facility. The new church building features a sanctuary that seats 700, a fellowship hall that seats 250, 12 classrooms, an administrative wing, a pipe organ chamber, a choir rehearsal room and plenty of parking. The estimated cost of the entire building project is $5 million. 

 March 2003

 Friendship publishes "In Our Tradition: African American Family Recipes Celebrating Our Traditions" as a fundraiser for the building fund. The cookbook featured recipes from Friendship's members. 
All 10,000 copies published were sold.   

 June 2003

 Friendship Baptist Church moves from
 925 West Main Street to 
2912 Pleasant Grove Road. 
Members walked the path from one property to the other to celebrate!


 Upon the death of Pastor Lester Stone on March 31, 2010, Friendship named Reverend Dr. Clyde D. Carnegie as pastor. 


 Friendship went through a period of upheaval. The Church building was closed and the congregation worshiped 
in the property's garage from
 June until October. 
The unrest resulted in the congregation dividing into two separate churches.  
The congregation that remained at 
2912 Pleasant Grove Road retained the name of Friendship Baptist Church. 

 April 2016

 Friendship hosted the 
2016 Spring Session of the Chain Lake District Missionary Baptist Association, accommodating worship, training and workshops for the member churches representing cities throughout  lower central and west Michigan.  

 June 2016

Friendship joined the 
Building Children and Family Initiatives (BCFI) of Lansing to host the 2016 
Children Defense Fund Freedom School. 
The Freedom School was conducted 
June 15 to July 29 serving 50 students, 
grades K-8 and 10 staff. 

 December 2016

 During the Summer of 2016, 
Friendship launched a campaign to raise funds to install a cross in the sanctuary above the choir stand. 
The three month campaign resulted in the installation and dedication of the 
10 x 4 foot cherry wood cross mounted 
in time for the Church's 
82nd anniversary celebration.  

 March 2020

 In March 2020, Friendship joined the world in the global shut-down due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Federal and state stay-at-home orders resulted in Friendship's Sunday School and Sunday Worship moving to teleconference format. The congregation would worship in this manner 
for two years.  

 April 2022

 On Easter Sunday, April 4, 2022,
Friendship resumed face-to-face worship service and Sunday School under guidelines developed for member safety by the re-entry committee. Members continued to have the choice of worshiping and joining Sunday School and other Church activities
by phone and online. 

September 2022

 The Friendship Forever Fund is established as a permanent endowment fund with the Capital Region Community Foundation. The fund provides permanent investment in the mission and vision of Friendship Baptist Church to ensure its ministries forever. 

 May 2023

 On May 11, 2023,
 Friendship lost its beloved Pastor, 
The Reverend Dr. Clyde D. Carnegie. 
 He was honored as Friendship's first 
Pastor Emeritus, 
The Reverend James Douglas, senior associate minister was named Interim Pastor and the Reverend Samuel Johnson, was named senior associate minister. 

Friendship Baptist Church, 2912 Pleasant Grove Road, Lansing, Michigan, 48910, 517-394-6369

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