“A Cross-Generational Church
with a Heart for the Community”
"Followers of Jesus: Faithfully Moving Forward
and Sharing the Gospel"
Sunday, April 23, 2017
2211 E. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78702
Pastor Joseph C. Parker, Jr., Esq., D. Min.
Our Pastoral Heritage
Reverend L. M. Marshall
Reverend S. L. Davis
Reverend E. G. Gibbs
Reverend W. L. Rector
Reverend J. L. Dawson
Reverend James E. Obey, Sr.
April 23, 2017
Dear Beloved David Chapel Church Members,
Each time Jesus called people to follow him, he was calling them to faithfully
and spiritually move forward and become “Christ-followers.” He was
fundamentally urging people to “Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your
shoulders and learn from me” (Matthew 11:29).
Having just celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ last Sunday, we are
reminded that on one appearance after Jesus had risen he gave a commission to
each Christ-follower to move forward, saying with his abiding power and
presence we must go to “the people of all nations and make them his disciples,
teaching them to do everything he told us... (Matthew 28:19-20). Other than
“loving the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all
your mind and with all your strength” and “loving your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-38), there
is nothing more important for us to do than move forward with our commission.
My hope and prayer is that on this 93 rd anniversary, the Holy Spirit will stir us up with his power to be
Christ’s ambassadors and witnesses going to our 21 st century “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the end
of the earth” (Acts 1:8), partnering with the Lord in developing them as Christ-followers. Indeed, the
Lord continues to say to his followers today that “We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God
were making his appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:20). Join me in hearing the Lord say, "The harvest is so
great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out
more workers for his fields" (Matthew 9:37-38).
Will you be one of these workers? Are you willing now to identify one person you can disciple as a
Christ-follower and move forward with in teaching them to observe the things Jesus commanded? Will
you be willing to move forward and join me as we “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so
easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1)?
Henry Ford argues in another context that “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes
care of itself.” The Bible says, How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
As our anniversary theme states, God is giving us another opportunity to “faithfully move forward and
share the Gospel.” As we do so, let’s sing with Israel Houghton,
I'm not going back, I'm moving ahead
Here to declare to you my past is over in you
All things are made new, surrendered my life to Christ
I'm moving, moving forward…
Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr.
Thank you to Deacon and Sis. Griffin, Deacon and Sis. Haskin, and Bro. and Sis. Cuthrell, the leaders of
our Marriage Enrichment Ministry, and their team of church workers for making this a wonderfully
memorable 93 rd Anniversary. Pastor Byron Stevenson, thank you for sharing with us on this great day.
To God be the glory!
he historic origin of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church was the year 1924, and the site of its
beginnings was a blacksmith shop. From that site, this body of believers moved to a tabernacle, a
stucco building, and its present site located on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and
In 1924, a few Christians living in the community of Ceiling Hills
(located just south of the city of Austin, near the banks of the
Colorado River) became concerned about the way the boys of the
community were observing the Lord’s Day—playing marbles. As a
result of their concern, a meeting was called by neighbors at the
residence of the Horace Davis family. A subsequent meeting was
called, and under the able supervision of two ministers, Reverend
Ben Wroe and Reverend Connie Alexander, a church was organized
The Blacksmith Shop on April 27, 1924. The church was named Davis Chapel, in honor of
DC’s First Home 1924-1926 the Horace Davis family, on whose farm it was organized. There
were twenty-eight persons who made up the first membership roll.
In another meeting, the Reverend L. M. Marshall was called to lead this newly organized body of Christians.
A blacksmith shop was the first dwelling used until October 30, 1926, when the pastor and his members
moved from the Ceiling Hills Community to the city of Austin. In Austin, a tabernacle was erected at the
corner of 14 th and Chestnut Streets. The name of the church was
changed to David Chapel. After serving for twelve illustrious years,
Reverend L. M. Marshall passed on to his reward on April 17, 1937.
Another church in the city of Austin, Rising Star Baptist Church, was
born with ten members from David Chapel’s membership.
In 1937, the Reverend S. L. Davis succeeded Reverend Marshall and
continued to lead the church in spiritual and financial growth. A house
David Chapel circa 1926 and three lots at the corner of 12 th and Chestnut Streets were
purchased. After Reverend Davis’ tenure of service, Mt. Calvary was
born out of David Chapel’s membership, and the Reverend E. G. Gibbs was called as David Chapel’s pastor
in 1940. Under his pastorate, the indebtedness of the church was liquidated. The old tabernacle was torn
down, July 4, 1940, and the building of a new $8,000.00 stucco structure began. The indebtedness of
this building was paid in less than four years. Another church, Zion Hill, came out of David Chapel’s
The Reverend W. I. Rector succeeded the Reverend Gibbs in 1948. One of
the spiritual highlights of Reverend Rector’s ministry was the
establishment of the Week Day Church. Serving a short fruitful period of
one year and five months, Reverend Rector was called by God to his
In 1950, the Reverend E. H. Branch answered the Macedonian call of the
church, but after answering, with much prayerful deliberation, found that
David Chapel circa 1940 the Spirit did not endorse his coming. Shortly after his departure, the
Reverend J. L. Dawson, was called as pastor in 1950. The church membership outgrew its facilities, and in
1958, a larger site was purchased on the corner of 19 th (now Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) and Chestnut
Streets. The planning, construction, and financing of the new edifice were provided by persons of
African-American descent. The architect was John S. Chase (the first African-American to graduate
from the University of Texas at Austin in architecture, who died in 2012); the contractor was Oliver B.
Street; and the St. John Regular Baptist Association financed our building efforts, all are a testimony of
what God can do through His people.
On the first Sunday in January of 1959, Pastor Dawson led the congregation into the new edifice. In October
1963, Reverend Dawson went on to greater fields of endeavor in Fort Worth, Texas, leaving many sad hearts
The Reverend James E. Obey, Sr. was called as pastor in 1963 and arrived on the first Sunday in January
1964. Under his guidance and leadership, many accomplishments were realized, including the airconditioning
of the entire church plant, construction of a new parsonage and sponsorship of the Marshall
apartments, a 1.2 million dollar rent supplement housing project, under FHA’s 221 (D) 3 Program. The
Church mortgage was burned in 1969. The Church is very proud of this record of solvency brought about by
Pastor Obey’s keen foresight and leadership.
On May 18, 1992, God called Pastor Obey home, and the church was greatly saddened by the loss of this
great leader. Following the home going of Pastor Obey, the mantle of leadership was placed upon the
Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr., Esq., D. Min. who was called as pastor on September 29, 1992. Dr. Parker
previously served as Associate Pastor for Christian Education for about ten (10) years. Pastor Parker is the
first ministerial son of David Chapel to serve as pastor and is our seventh pastor.
Under Pastor Parker’s leadership, the financial and facility management systems have been revised, and we
have adopted vision and mission statements. Our facilities have also been refurbished and expanded with
The church staff has been expanded to include an Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Administrative
Assistant, and other staff positions. As a “cross-generational church with a heart for the community,” David
Chapel, beginning in 1997 under Pastor Parker’s leadership, led the development and implementation of the
Chestnut Neighborhood Plan that focused on revitalizing the Chestnut neighborhood. In 1999, we licensed
our first woman to preach the gospel; and have since ordained our first woman minister. In July 2000, our
website was created and posted on the Internet
and was selected as one of the Best Top 32
Church Web Sites for January 2001 by the
Distinctive Church Collection and is included in
its Hall of Fame. In 2002, we adopted a
comprehensive five-year strategic plan that
continues to be updated. In 2006 we
experimented with a new Saturday evening
contemporary and casual worship opportunity,
Saturday Night Alive!, as well as a Leadership
Development Academy. We also became a
founding member of the Texas Congregations
United for Empowerment, Inc. (TCUE), a
collective of Central Texas black churches that
seek economic and other empowerment, of which Pastor Parker is the founding president. In 2007 a young
adult choir, Joyful Noise, was organized. We also established a Bible study in the North Austin-Pflugerville-
Round Rock area, called T.N.T. (Tuesday Night Teaching the Bible) to reach our members and others in that
area. In 2009 we added an 8 a.m. worship service in the North Austin-Pflugerville area, later transferred to
our main facility. Through staff reorganization, we established the Minister of Discipleship, Buildings and
Grounds and Minister of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation positions. As of 2010, our Director of Music
responsibilities were expanded to those of a Minister of Music, Worship and Fine Arts. In order to
accommodate future expansion, we purchased a lot on Chestnut, 17 acres on Springdale Road and property
on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that adjoins the Springdale property.
We continue to strive to be a transformative “cross-generational” church, as we also focus on the biblical
mandates to reach others with the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We further plan for our
ministries and new facilities. Therefore, continuing in the pattern of the first century church, we study, hear,
share, and do God’s Word. Seeking God’s will and following the leadership and vision God has revealed to
our pastor, this church—God’s beacon—gives God all the Glory! •
everend Byron C. Stevenson is the Senior Pastor and
Founder of The Fort Bend Church in Sugar Land,
Texas. Under his visionary leadership, The Fort Bend Church
opened its doors for its inaugural worship service in a small
cafeteria at Sugar Land Middle School on August 1, 2004. Over
600 individuals were in attendance. Since that time over 5,500
members are now a part of this phenomenal ministry. In 2013,
Outreach Magazine tabbed The Fort Bend Church as one of the
Top 100 Fastest Growing Churches in America. In addition, The
Houston Forward Times newspaper recognized Pastor Stevenson
with its prestigious designation as one of Houston’s Visionary
Pastors of 2013.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pastor Stevenson is a
graduate of Southern University and A&M College with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He also earned a
Masters of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Houston
Baptist University. Pastor Stevenson is also a Certified School
Business Manager. After working in Corporate Accounting and
Auditing for many years, Pastor Stevenson accepted God’s call
to ministry and preached his first sermon in July 1994.
PASTOR BYRON C. STEVENSON
After 10 years in ministry, Pastor Stevenson founded The Fort
Bend Church on five pillars: trust, faith, kindness, compassion and liberal giving. It was through the
liberal hearts of the members of TFBC that Pastor Stevenson successfully led the church to
purchase 6.4 acres of land in Sugar Land, Texas after being in existence only nine months. Since
that time Pastor Stevenson has led the church in several capital campaigns resulting in the
completion of a new 65,000 square feet worship center which opened in March of 2009. As a result
of tremendous numerical growth, the church purchased an additional seven acres in 2012 for a
multi-phase parking and facility expansion project.
Pastor Stevenson’s desire is for the church to live up to its motto of “Serving the total needs of
God’s people”. Based on that motto, The Fort Bend Church currently offers over forty ministries
for men and women of all ages. Pastor Stevenson currently leads a dynamic staff of forty full and
part-time individuals uniquely gifted to serve God’s people.
As a community leader, Pastor Stevenson has served on several boards including the Executive
Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Houston Area Urban League where he
currently serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc. and a life member of the Southern University Alumni Association. His ministry
travels have taken him to various parts of the world including Cairo, Egypt, Rome, Italy, Jerusalem,
Ammon Jordan and Bethlehem.
He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sonya Taylor Stevenson. They are the proud parents of
two daughters, Claire Alexandra and Cydney Victoria.•
Followers of Jesus: Faithfully Moving Forward and Sharing the Gospel"
Where It All Started—The Blacksmith Shop
Reverend Barnetta Emerson, Presiding
Call to Worship ..................................................................................... Deacons of David Chapel
Ministry Through Music ............................................. Intergenerational Celebration Mass Choir
Scripture Reading .................................................................................... Sister Edith McKinney
Prayer ............................................................................................... Reverend Barnetta Emerson
Litany of Thanksgiving ................................................................. Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr.
Senior Pastor, David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
Welcome & Occasion ...................................................................................... Sister Jakki Dozier
In Memoriam ....................... Sister Ranada Williams, Courtney Williams, Jr. & Calah Williams
Introduction of Guest Preacher .................................................... Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr.
Music, Worship & Fine Arts Ministry ........................ Intergenerational Celebration Mass Choir
& Liturgical Dance
Medley of Songs
Let Us Hear God’s Word ............................................................... Reverend Byron C. Stevenson
Senior Pastor and Founder, The Fort Bend Church
Sugar Land, Texas
Invitation to Christian Discipleship
Worship in Giving & Hear Our Communications ....................................... David Chapel Ushers
Acknowledgements & Remarks ...................................................... Deacon & Mrs. John Griffin
Deacon & Mrs. Leonard Haskin
Brother Ken Cuthrell & Sister Shelby Cuthrell
Benediction ................................................................................... Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr.
Special thanks to the Music, Worship and Fine Arts Ministry!
Frank Ellison, Sr.
Brother Jim Arnold
Sister Carrie Cain
Brother F. G. Cain
Brother Henry Cain
Sister Bertha Davis
Brother Charlie Davis
Brother Eardie Davis
Brother Horace Davis
Brother Leroy Davis
Brother Luther Davis, Sr.
Sister Maggie Davis
Brother Walter Davis
Sister Troy Elder
Sister Itasca Franklin
Sister Lenora Franklin
Sister Manie Franklin
Brother Willie Franklin
Brother Alf Johnson
Sister Diana Johnson
Sister Mary Johnson
Sister Betty Marshall
Brother Buddie Marshall
Brother Henry Marshall
Sister Rosie Marshall
Sister Sedalia Marshall
Sister Una Marshall
Brother Milton Nobles
Sister Bessie Sheldon
Leader: O God of all creation, on this day we join our hearts in humble gratitude for all that
you have done in and for our church in these past 93 years.
People: And Lord, we acknowledge that you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
In fact, before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and
the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. “So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart as we enter a new season, expecting God’s favor.”
Leader: Lord, you said that the years of our individual life are threescore and ten, and you have
given this church a life of fourscore and thirteen.
People: For that, O Lord, we are grateful.
Leader: We thank you for our founding members, for our former pastors, for our current
pastor, for our members who are no longer among us, and for our present members.
People: O Lord, we are grateful.
Leader: Over these years we have come to this place among this people called David Chapel
and have heard your Word taught and preached. Lives have been changed, a
community transformed, and our spirits uplifted.
People: For that, O Lord, we are grateful.
Leader: As we look forward to our church life beyond these 93 years and face new challenges
for ministries for ourselves and the community at large, our prayer is that we will
continue to look first to you, the source from whence cometh our help.
People: O Lord, please guide us.
Leader: Lord, we believe when your Son said, “I came that they may have life, and have it
more abundantly,” He was also speaking to the church.
People: So Lord, please know that we want life and want it abundantly. Guide us into the door
that is You, so that we shall be saved.
Leader: Confirm now in each of us some worthy decision to be more like Jesus. Bring us to a
new beginning with such vision of our Christian duty, such resolution to perform it,
and such resources to complete it that whether in the remainder of this year we live or
fall asleep, we shall not be dishonored and ashamed to stand before you.
Lord, fill this place called David Chapel with your presence, have mercy upon us and
grant us your blessings. AMEN.
Followers of Jesus: Expanding His Kingdom
Sis. Rosalee Martin
David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, a church with a past;
A great church that grew from a desire to reach children. . .
Knowing that in doing so God’s kingdom will be expanded. . .
That past gives way to now,
93 years later when the pull on children is so different;
No longer shooting marbles,
But spending time playing war games on the Internet,
bullying others and seeing the world’s disasters in vivid color
right in front of their eyes. . .
And losing the innocence of child play on a Sunday morning.
Making David Chapel’s mission broader. . .
needed more now than before; needed to tell of God’s moral values,
to share God’s way not only to children
but their parents, and their community,
and their world.
With the intention of harvesting those ready to hear God’s Word,
to embrace God’s truth,
to accept Jesus as personal Savior
and to turn from sinful ways.
David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church,
defined not only by the number of years it is old
but by its members’ Christ-like hearts for each other and its community;
a community near and far;
a community with neighbors needing a word from God
and hope for the new day.
Now 93, we at David Chapel pray that
each year will find us doing God’s will,
experiencing His fullness.
And that generations to come
will remember us through the work that we did
and the faith that we had
and the obedience we demonstrated
and the unconditional love that we shared
as we follow Jesus each day.
Amen and Amen
—93rd Church Anniversary General Chairpersons—
Deacon John Griffin and Sister Lorena Griffin
Deacon Leonard Haskin and Sister Coletta Haskin
Brother Ken Cuthrell and Sister Shelby Cuthrell
Special Events Coordinator
Sister Jacquelyn Hawkins
Robert Hall, Chair
Markla Hall, Co-Chair
Richard Overton, Chair
Vera Williams, Chair
Linda Jackson, Co-Chair
Renae Sanders, Co-Chair
Music Worship &
Fine Arts Ministry
Michael Jordan, Director
Alicia Peters-Jordan, Choir Director
Kay Crosby, Praise Dancers
Clarissa Overton, Liturgical Dance
Keith Overton, Mimes
Rev. Robert Pellette, Jr.
Terence Sims, Chair
Christopher Haskin, Co-Chair
Charlene Gregory, Co-Chair
Dena Miles ( Youth)
Brice Deary (Youth)
Karmen Cuthrell (Youth)
Clarence Williams, Chair
Robert Ransburg, Chair
Order of Service
Rev. Barnetta Emerson
Rev. Robert Pellette, Jr.
Matthew 9:37-38 - 37 Then saith he unto
his disciples, The harvest truly is
plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the LORD of the
harvest, that he will send forth labourers
into his harvest. (KJV)
To God Be the Glory!