Our History

On August 16, 1978, the Reeb-Hosack Community Baptist Church was chartered by the State of Ohio. Taking its name from the neighborhood in which it is situated, the church was briefly recognized as a mission as several members of the established Hosack Street Baptist Church decided to remain in the historic church instead of moving to a new location.

On Sunday, January 7, 1979, the late Dr. E. A. Parham Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church officiated a Pastor’s Council that carried out the ecclesiastical services that gave “official” church status. The Reverend Stephen McCormick was appointed interim pastor on April 22, 1979 and guided the church through its first year. Reverends Otis Crowder, Samuel Jackson, and Charles Smith assisted him.

On November 2, 1979, Reverend Harold Hopkins of Akron, Ohio was called to become the first Pastor of the church and was installed on January 13, 1980. Pastor Hopkins and First Lady, Audrey Hopkins faithfully served the church for sixteen years during which many changes were implemented. On December 4, 1980, the mortgage debt of the church was “paid in full.” The church became affiliated with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association, and the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention.

In 1996, following the retirement of Pastor Hopkins, Reverend Aaron Wheeler, Sr. was called as the second Pastor. Pastor Wheeler and First Lady Barbara Wheeler brought a new level of energy to the church especially in the area of community outreach. However, in November of 1997, Pastor Wheeler announced to the membership that he had been called to establish a new church in another area of the city. The church was fortunate to have the Revered Weymon E. Dozier, Associate Pastor at the Trinity Baptist Church, to serve as Interim Pastor. He assisted the pastoral search committee and fulfilled all the duties of Pastor for the membership.

In October of 1998, Minister Kevin S. Hairston was called as the third Pastor. Pastor Hairston and First Lady Mia Hairston officially began their service to the congregation on November 8, 1998. Pastor Hairston focused on teaching and preaching as it related to the current experiences of the membership. In February of 2000, Pastor Hairston submitted a letter of resignation to the church. The Deacon Ministry, after prayerful consideration, made a call to Reverend John S. Little who was a candidate in the previous pastoral search. Reverend Little met with the membership and later, after prayerful consideration, accepted the call to become the fourth Pastor of Reeb-Hosack.

On April 9, 2000, Pastor Little, joined by his wife, First Lady LaDonna Little, and son, JeVon, united as a family with the church. Under the Leadership of Pastor Little, many changes have occurred at Reeb-Hosack, new ministries i.e. Evangelism, Van Ministry, Carrie Garnes Food Pantry and Outreach to the Homeless just to name a few. Sanctuary renovations have been done as well as the addition of the Luther Byrd Education Wing that includes classrooms, restrooms, handicap lift and administrative office space. The church renewed its commitment to the community in which it is located with the development of Koinonia Development Corporation a 501C3 corporation which seeks to develop programming and partnerships with others who are concerned with the revitalizing of the neighborhood and the empowerment of its residents. The church is focused on moving outside the four walls to reach out to those who do not know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We became affiliated with the Eastern Union Missionary Association, Ohio Baptist General Convention, and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.

In January 2013 the church membership voted to change its name to Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church.  Although the name has changed to mission still remains the same as we minister to the residents of the Southside of Columbus.