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Our Staff

Rev. Sherrell L. Byrd, Jr.

Mauristine Byrd
    First Lady

Rev. Phoenix Barnes, Jr.
    Associate Minister

Rev. James Buckels
    Associate Minister

Deacon Terryl D. Curry, Sr.
    Chairman, Deacon Ministry, Church Treasurer

Deacon Ronald W. Chavis
    Chairman, Trustee Ministry/Teen Sunday School Teacher/Audio Tech

Sis. Mary Trice
    Trustee, Church Finance Secretary, Youth Usher

Sis. Oletha M. Curry
    Women Sun. School Teacher, Church Secretary, Choir Dir.

Mother Yvonne Bell
     Mission Ministry Supervisor

Mother Claudia Ball
    Church Mother/Mission Ministry

Deacon Travis Jackson
    Trustee, Men's Sunday School Teacher

Mother Geraldine Brewer
    Superintendent, Sunday School

Bro. Kalvin Dob
    Minister Of Music/Organist

Bro. Mark Jung
    Youth Sunday School Teacher/Usher

Deacon Renard Bell
    Trustee, President, Male Chorus

Deacon Martin Griggs

Angela Griggs
    Assist. Sunday School Superintendent, Director of Youth Usher Bo

Deacon George Buckels

Deacon John Prothro

Deacon Jessie Robinson

Deacon Bobby Foster

Yvette Chavis
    Sunday School Secretary

Deacon John Brewer
    Deacon/Trustee/ Van Ministry/Security

Lester Buckels
    Van Ministry, Vice Chief of Security Ministry

Daniel Hill
    Security Chief

Clinton Hardin
    Drummer/Security Ministry Captain

Deacon Roy Griggs, III

Deacon Nicholas Wright
    Deacon/Trustee/Finance Officer

Mattie Cowens
    Church Mother

Mother Etta Mae Banks
    Church Mother

Gracie Brown-Shanks
    Trustee, Sr. Usher President, Children Sunday School Teacher

Cheri Hill
    Assist. Sunday School Supt.

Chevela Davenport
    Youth Choir Director/Children Church

Pamela Cook
    Children's Church/VBS

Ina Barnes
    Gospel Chorus President

LogoSouthern Missionary Baptist Church
921 Bissell St., P.O. Box 38 Map
Madison, IL 62060
Phone: 618-877-1305, Fax:618-688-4351, Pastor Byrd:Home Phone 618-235-8299

Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Worship : 10:45 a.m.

Children's Church Is Open During Sunday Worship

Prayer Meeting:  Tuesday 7:00 p.m.

Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 p.m.


Southern Missionary Baptist Church

Welcome to the Southern Missionary Baptist Church web site. We're very glad that you found us. We are a Spirit-led, Bible-Based church where Jesus Christ is highly praised. We believe that He is the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead, just as He said that He would. We believe that Jesus is the only way that man can be saved and delivered. Furthermore, we believe that He is coming back again to claim His church. 

Southern is a warm, loving and growing congregation of baptized believers, striving for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. We do all to the glory of God! We are taught to love our neighbors as the Lord has commanded, therefore we extend an invitation to you. Come visit us if you are ever in the area, and you will find that these words are true.  If you want to receive a blessing from God, where the Word is never compromised, join us for a Holy Ghost good time.  We are a church where we feel that the Holy Spirit should have His way in God's house. Come experience this for yourself.

Pastor Sherrell and Sis. Mauristine Byrd

Statement of Beliefs

Statement Of Faith

We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and is the product of Spirit-controlled men; the Holy Bible therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21.

True God
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the God-head there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 21:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7.

Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; that with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil One until judgment; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26.

Devil or Satan
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4.

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. Genesis 1 & 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3.

Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice, and are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:19; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32.

Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin; as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; and that He is the only begotten Son of God. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4; John 3:16.

Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; that through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who, by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law of His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust; that Christ the Lord bore our sin in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and is uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour. Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11.

Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7.

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification. Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness. It is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; His righteousness is imputed to us. Acts 13:39; Isaiah 51:11; Zechariah 13:1.

Faith and Salvation
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation. Acts 16:31.

Local Church
We believe that the local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are Pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties, are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church creation. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23.

Security of the Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:35-39; John 10:28-29.

Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God and are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; that this distinction holds among men both in after death in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Malachi 3:18; Genesis 18:23, Romans 6:17-18.

Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ--who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth. Romans 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22; Acts 23:5.

Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ rose bodily from the tomb on the third day; that He ascended into Heaven; that He is now at the right hand of God the Father as our only sufficient mediator and advocate; in the personal, imminent, pre-millennial coming of Christ for the Church; the resurrection and physical glorification of the saints; the great tribulation; after which He will return with His saints to this earth where He will sit on the Throne of David and shall subdue all enemies and reign in righteousness for a thousand years; after this shall be the judgment of the Great White Throne when the unsaved dead shall be raised and judged, that this will result for them in eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire which is the second death; that the saved shall then enjoy eternal glory with God.

Church History

History Of The
Southern Missionary Baptist Church

The Southern Missionary Baptist Church was organized in September, 1917, on the corner of Second and Webster Streets, West Madison, Illinois, under the leadership of the Rev. J. L. Lewis.  The church consisted of seventeen members.  The Chairman of the Deacon Board was Bro. David Kendrick.  The Church later moved to 900 Franklin Street.

Rev. Lewis served as Pastor until 1919.  His successors have been the Reverends J. W. King, Johnson, Clark, Spencer, Harris, Gipson, M. C. Newsome, L. H. Hogan, R. D. Raspberry, L. J. Jordan, W. M. Lane, E. J. McCormick, H. B. Robinson, A. G. Williams, S. L. Calhoun, William J. Wise, Edward O. Williamson, and our present Pastor, Rev. Sherrell L. Byrd, Jr.

In the winter of 1947, the Southern Missionary Baptist Church was damaged by fire.  During the reconstruction, Church services were conducted in the Dunbar High School.  In the Spring of 1948, the Church was repaired and services resumed at 900 Franklin.

In 1956, the Rev. H. B. Robinson became Pastor of the Southern Missionary Baptist Church and in 1957, under his leadership, we entered into a building fund drive.  The foundation for the new Church was laid in 1960.  Rev. Robinson served until April, 1964.  Rev. A. G. Williams became Pastor in July of 1964, the members continued the building fund drive.  In November, 1964, the Church Bond System was organized and carried out successfully.  The Church sold $25,000 in Bonds in less than two weeks.  The successful drive enabled the Church to complete its new Church Building, located at the corner of Klein and Bissell Streets.  The Cornerstone laying service was held on the First Sunday in July, 1965.  The First Church Service was held in the new building in August, 1965, under Pastor Williams' leadership.  The Church successfully paid off its mortgage and liquidated all indebtedness in December, 1971.  In December, 1971, Rev. S. L. Calhoun was called to Southern Missionary Baptist Church.  During hos leadership, many souls were saved and through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and with the help and cooperation of the congregation, many good things were accomplished.  Rev. Calhoun was a very strong young and dedicated Pastor.  Under his leadership, the Sanctuary Choir was organized, seat cushions were purchased, seats in the choir stand and a new church van was purchased.

Through the Spirit of God in the name of Jesus Christ, Rev. W. J. Wise was called to our church in August, 1979.  A spiritually strong Minister and dedicated young Pastor, in two years under his leadership, many great thongs happened.  He was a Bible Teacher and taught a Bible Class each Wednesday evening.  He visited and prayed for the sick and encouraged the members to do the same.  Through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and the help and cooperation of the congregation, Rev. Wise was a great leader and Pastor for the Southern Missionary Baptist Church.

Through the guidance and leadership of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Edward O. Willamson was called to serve as Pastor of Southern Baptist in August, 1990.  Rev. Williamson was a very high-spirited, dedicated and humble young man.  He believed to be truly successful, we must acknowledge Christ as our Lord, and follow the direction of the Holy Spirit in all actions.  During his pastorship, many souls were saved.  He taught a Bible Class on Tuesday evenings and encouraged members to always consult the word. Pastor Williamson truly believed that "We can do all things through Christ which strengthens us."  He also believed that everyone in the church must be trained in servanthood.  His motto was "We're all in this together."

In February, 2000, following much prayer and guidance and the Holy Spirit, God sent us another Pastor, one filled with compassion and love, in the person of Rev. Sherrell L. Byrd, Jr.  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  YES, IT IS A NEW DAY!  All things are working together for good.  Many souls have been saved during Rev. Byrd's brief tenure as Pastor.  Our Youth Ministry has grown, we've purchased a heater for baptismal pool, purchased property (903 Bissell and four lots on Franklin), purchased a 27 passenger bus, a new Hammond  organ, A new Canon Image Maker copier, ceiling fans for sanctuary, new chairs and tables for lower level, new lights for sanctuary, a new handicapped accessible water fountain, new carpet for the vestibule and church office, created a sitting room on upper level, fenced and gated our entire square block, up-graded church wiring, installed emergency lighting and exits, fire extinguishers and alarms have been added throughout the church, and created a church library. We also have a church web-site for the first time. Church membership has increased,  three associate ministers have been added to the staff, four Deacons have been ordained and added to the Deacon Ministry, the Mother's Board was reorganized, the Sanctuary Choir has been reorganized, Created the Southerner News Letter, Authored "Our Higher Calling" (a weekly devotional), Bible Study has increased in numbers and now includes a Youth Bible study class, and our Sunday School has grown Spiritually as well as physically.  The Lord has given Pastor Byrd the vision of building a new Building for Southern to worship in.  With God's help, it will be done.
I commend our officers for their cooperation, but we have just begun.  There are many things left to do.  By the grace of our Lord and Savior and the cooperation of our wonderful congregation, we will  get it done.

Mother Ruby Coopwood
Church Historian