Church Profile: Lyons Unity MBC
HOUSTON- Lyons Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 3215 Lyons Avenue, Houston, Texas was organized with 251 charter members in 1964. After a fervent prayer meeting conducted by the deacons representing the group of believers in Christ. It was organized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 1510 Pannel Street, with the late Rev. L. H. Simpson, Pastor officiating.
This organization was conceived in the minds of these faithful and tireless members who met regularly in the home of the late Bro. and Sis. Jack Perkins, 2920 Clementine Street. The name Lyons Unity was voted upon and accepted after it was submitted by the late Sis. Willie B. Hamilton and the late Bro. Frank Wallace. Pastors participating in this organization included: the late Rev. G. W. Prince, Pastor-Mt. Olive Baptist Church; the late Rev. Johnnie Allen, Pastor-Greater Mt. Nebo Baptist Church and the late Rev. Joseph Brown, Pastor-St. Mark Baptist Church. Rev. Charles M. Oliver and the late Rev. Horace Anderson were appointed to conduct all services until a pastor would be called.
Preparatory to their entrance service the Lyons Unity Missionary Baptist Church, organized Sunday 3:00 p.m., February 16, 1964 in the educational building of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist by Drs. L. H. Simpson, G. W. Prince, L.V. Bolton and Johnny Allen, assembled and formed a line of march, of more than 300 members and friends, from the Houston City Fire Station on Gregg St. (escorted by motorcycle officers paid for by Clay & Clay & Ross Mortuaries) to the building at 3215 Lyons at 2:00 p.m., March 1, 1964, for the purpose of dedicating the cafeteria building, formerly owned by the new Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, for public worship and church services until a new church building was constructed at the above address.
The entrance sermon was delivered by Dr. W. H. Banks, Pastor of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The 22-member Usher Board was introduced, an entrance offering of $844.51 was received and the Lord’s Supper was administered on March 3, 1964 by Dr. L. H. Simpson, pastor of Pleasant Hill and Lyons Unity Spiritual Advisor until a pastor was called. Under the temporary leadership of Rev. Oliver and the late Rev. Anderson, church officers were elected and auxiliaries were organized. The new church voted unanimously to join and fellowship with the General Central Missionary Baptist district Association. On July 5, 1964, Rev. Oliver C. Johnson, Sr. accepted the call and became the pastor. In August of 1964 , the following auxiliaries were organized: Men’s Chorus, Senior Ushers, the Home Department, the Eucharist Board, Junior Ushers, Nurse Aide Board, Junior & Youth Choirs, Women’s Uplift, Prayer Meeting. In September of 1964, plans were initiated to build a church edifice and architects were employed. Then on April 17, 1966 the Lyons Unity family marched into the new sanctuary, Sermon by Rev. A. C. Nelson, Pastor of Progressive Church of God in Christ.
A great loss was felt when Pastor O.C. Johnson, Sr. departed his life on January 21, 2003. Rev. William Anthony Jordan was elected the new pastor on July 26, 2003 and was installed on November 16, 2003 by Rev. S. C. Dixon, Pastor of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, La.. Under the leadership of Pastor Jordan, Lyons Unity has continued to be blessed spiritually, financially and in membership. Effective July, 2011, our Sunday Worship service is now 8:00 a.m.
Join the Lyons Unity Missionary Baptist Church as we celebrate our 49th Church Anniversary Year.
Thursday, March 14th, 7p.m. – Rev. Keion Henderson, Pastor of the Light House Church, Houston, Texas, Guest Speaker
Sunday, March 17th, 8am Worship Service – Rev. Andrew W. Berry II, Pastor of Greater Barbour’s Chapel B.C., Texas City, Texas, Guest Speaker