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A Brief History of the Berea Missionary Baptist Association and the Berea Convention Center

The Berea Association Convention Center is owned and operated by twenty-eight (28) churches located in Marlboro, Dillon and Robeson Counties. This building was completed in 1990 and dedicated in October 1990. The purpose of erecting this building was to have a place that would be large enough to accommodate all of the sessions of the Association and its ministries. There is not much known about the early sessions, but listed below are the names of the Moderators and Secretaries dating back to the late 1800s.


 
                                         
Moderators 

                    Rev. Robert Powe                   2012 - Present             

                    Rev. E. W. Platt                       2007 – 2012

                    Rev. Dr. John L. Davis            1997 – 2007

                    Rev. Fest Bethea                     1990 – 1997

                    Rev. F. B. Vereen                    1967 – 1990

                      Rev. T. A. W. Johns                1958 – 1967

                    Rev. J. A. Alsbrook                 1932 – 1958

                    Rev. P. B. MdoDonna             1921 – 1932

                    Rev. J. W. Miles                      1916 – 1921

                    Rev. A. B. McPhail                  1910 – 1916

                    Rev. A. B. Streater                   1907 – 1910

                    Rev. M. D. Prince                    1887 – 1907

 

                                                 Secretaries

                     Sis. Helen D. Brown               2007 – present

                     Rev. Doris B. Smith                1999 – 2007 (First Woman)

                     Dea. Richard E. Dixon            1994 - 1999

                     Dea. Frank McColl                 1964 - 1994

                     Dea. Paul L. Dixon                 1947 - 1964

                     Rev. A. L. Bruce                     1936 - 1947

                       Rev. C. R. Bethea                    1934 - 1936

                     Rev. J. C. Covington               1933 - 1934

                     Rev. J. R. Prince                      1932 - 1933

                     Rev. F. B. Peterkin                  1921 - 1932

                     Rev. J. R. Prince                      1911 - 1921

                     Rev. J. W. Miles                      1910 - 1911
 
                     Rev. A. B. McPhail                 1907 - 1910

                     Rev. J. M. McRae                    1891 - 1907

                     Rev. W. S. Sanders                  1889 – 1891

                     Rev. C. W. McCall                 1887 – 1889



 

Today, the building is very much in demand by the community and surrounding counties at all times for weddings, funerals, conferences, gospel programs and gospel plays. Many people who come here for the first time stand in awe that a building this size is owned and operated by Black Baptists. In this 21st century, God had given us greater opportunities to be a lighthouse for those in need. We are indeed thankful to our foreparents who founded this organization. Their vision still lives on in those who came after them, in us, and also to future generations. To God be the glory for the wonderful things He has done and will continue to do for this Berea Missionary Baptist Association. 

       
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