About Fountain Baptist Church
- Fountain Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Summit, New Jersey. We are a fellowship of believers, made in God’s image and called as disciples of Christ to share the Good News with everyone through learning, listening, praying and working together actively to reach out to our communities. We are a place to believe, belong, and become!
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The history of Fountain Baptist Church began more than 100 years ago when six domestic workers met to form a Christian Endeavor Society Prayer and Bible study group for African Americans in Summit, New Jersey. This initial meeting, held at 59 Summit Avenue on Friday evening, July 9, 1897, was called by Violet A. Johnson, Annie Tucker, and Wilson Burrel. Within six months, the Bible study group had found a spiritual leader, Reverend Walter Spruill, and moved to a rented room on the corner of Morris and Chestnut avenues. The room was furnished by James Bell, Joseph Adams, Wesley Worthington, Benjamin Davis and Violet A. Johnson. Johnson paid the first months rent.
Under Rev. Spruills leadership, the prayer group formed a mission, a place where all Christians regardless of denomination might gather and worship. Each was encouraged to become a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Newark, New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, the small band moved into a rented room at Park and Chestnut Avenue, the most densely populated and built up part of Summit. It was here that Fountain Baptist Church, the first African-American church in Summit, was born on June 16, 1898.
The vision of the founders that July evening in 1897, continues to unfold as Fountain uses its witness to transform lives, minister to the poor and brokenhearted, and to expand the sense of community with the Gospel message of hope and change.
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Fountain Baptist Church Raises $500k To Commemorate 30 Years With Pastor
Fountain Baptist Church will celebrate 30 years with its pastor, Rev. Dr. J. Michael Sanders, on Sunday, March 23, at 10 a.m.
Fountain Baptist Church in Summit announced it has raised almost $500,000 to commemorate 30 years of leadership from its 17th pastor, Rev. Dr. J. Michael Sanders. This financial gift will to help fund several national and overseas ministry projects, and includes $100k, recently awarded to New Brunswick Theological Seminary, in New Brunswick.
At Rev. Sanders request, the church started the charitable campaign January 2013, driven by a desire to help those in need, and inspired by the churchs annual theme, The Year of the Pastor. It also marked the beginning of the yearlong celebration and expression of gratitude for the 30 year ministry between the pastor and the Fountain fellowship. By years end the predominately African American, 1,900 member flock was excited to learn it was more than 80% of the way toward its $500k goal, during the annual church dinner, in December, which was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York, N.Y.
Its an important witness to the world when we do more for others than we do for ourselves, said Sanders. Its especially important for working- and middle-class people to see that they can also make similar sacrifices and still celebrate in a grand way, because they let the Holy Spirit decide what they can do.
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Summer Enrichment Offered At Fountain Baptist Church In Summit
SUMMIT — The Fountain Baptist Church Summer Enrichment Program — which opened on July 13 and runs through Aug. 21, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — is celebrating its 17th year of educational and enrichment fun for children from preschool through ninth grade in Summit and surrounding areas.
Again this year, the program will feature professional dancer Karen Callaway Williams as the tap dance instructor. The first African-American female tap dancer and dance captain in “Riverdance – The Show,” she also performed with the Tony-nominated Duke Ellington musical “Play On.”The program runs for six weeks, features a staff of certified teachers and is designed to enrich students by providing them with class instruction in English, math, science and history.
Recreation will include dance, swimming, fishing, golf, team building activities, basketball, bowling and more. A carnival and field trips are also featured, and breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided. The program cost is $1,200 per child for six weeks, and $900 for three weeks.
There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee, and family and discounted preschool rates are available. For details or registration forms, call 908-273-0552 or e-mail .
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