2017 Anniversary FINAL ADJUSTMENTSV2


“A Cross-Generational Church

with a Heart for the Community”

"Followers of Jesus: Faithfully Moving Forward

and Sharing the Gospel"

(Matthew 9:37-38)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

10:20 am

2211 E. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.

Austin, Texas 78702

(512) 472-9748


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!

(Psalm 133:1).

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!

Pastor Parker



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

Chestnut Street.

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

heavenly reward.

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

new equipment.

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.


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.•


Scene 1


Followers of Jesus: Faithfully Moving Forward and Sharing the Gospel"

(Matthew 9:37-38)

Where It All Started—The Blacksmith Shop

Scene 2

Reverend Barnetta Emerson, Presiding

Call to Worship ..................................................................................... Deacons of David Chapel

Ministry Through Music ............................................. Intergenerational Celebration Mass Choir

Scripture Reading .................................................................................... Sister Edith McKinney

(Matthew 9:37-38)

Prayer ............................................................................................... Reverend Barnetta Emerson

Litany of Thanksgiving ................................................................. Reverend Joseph C. Parker, Jr.

Senior Pastor, David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church

Scene 3

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

Scene 4

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

—Special Presentation—

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!


In Memoriam


Luella Burse

Gloria Butler

Frank Ellison, Sr.

Elmo Houston

Jolene Hall


Ida Green

Norma Jacobs

Susanella Phillips

Morgan Rankins

Sherwin Sanders

Mary Taylor

Charter Members

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

Program Committee

Robert Hall, Chair

Markla Hall, Co-Chair

Kenneth Cuthrell

Cheryl Graham

Culinary Committee

Richard Overton, Chair

Shelby Cuthrell

Al Hunt


Vera Williams, Chair

Linda Jackson, Co-Chair

Renae Sanders, Co-Chair

Lorena Griffin

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.

Leonard Haskin


Terence Sims, Chair

Christopher Haskin, Co-Chair

Charlene Gregory, Co-Chair

Bessie Evans

Joyce Harris

Sterling Hillard

Sherry Stowers

Olivia Ussery

Dena Miles ( Youth)

Brice Deary (Youth)

Karmen Cuthrell (Youth)

Coletta Haskin


Clarence Williams, Chair

Carl Evans

Robert Emerson

Keith Overton-Hadnot

Public Relations

Robert Ransburg, Chair

John Griffin


Michael Tolliver

Order of Service


Karmen Cuthrell

Jakki Dozier

Delores Duffie

Rev. Barnetta Emerson

Bessie Evans

Carl Evans

Elmo Green

Tré Gregory

Robert Hall

Andrew McCall

Edith McKinney

Noah Williams

Skit Crew

Rose Cavil

Shaunda Cooper

Darlene Green

Michael Overton

Ricky Overton

Rev. Robert Pellette, Jr.

Katrina Smith

Jamar Whitehurst

Derek Woodard


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!

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