Highlighting All the Vibrant Ministries at GMBC

Deacon Ministry


The appointment of the Deacon in the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church has scriptural bases in Exodus 18 and in Acts 6: 17. Deacons will assist and aide the pastor in carrying out his responsibilities in administering Holy Communion, in serving those in need physically and spiritually, and in maintaining the pastor's well-being in this service and divine calling.


To maintain the spiritual qualifications of being born again by the Holy Spirit, of being a God-fearing man, filled with the Holy Ghost and of great faith, of being a teacher and full of wisdom. To maintain the moral qualifications for being truthful, honest, sincere and loyal to God; and To be of sound mind and body, willing to learn, teachable, and able to utilize common sense.

Current Deacons:

Eugene Addison * John Ellis * John Ford * Sarah Ford *Ralph Michael* Reginald Mills* Eugene Nunn * Albert Tinsley

Gethsemane Deaconess Ministry


The mission of the Deaconess Ministry is to meet the needs of the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, under the spiritual guidance of the pastor and the deacons by promoting the spiritual growth in the church.

1 Timothy 8:11 - "Even so must their wives be grave, not slanders, sober, faithful in all things."

The purpose of the Deaconess Ministry is to care for and assist the needs of the overall congregation. Wherever there are sick and shut-in members as well as members in need of prayer, the Deaconess Ministry will be there to help. They will be in contact with all sick members and monitor the prayer list to ensure that members are not alone. They are responsible for the preparation and setting up of the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of each month. The Deaconess should instruct all female baptismal candidates as to what they should wear during the baptismal service.


Missions Ministry

Gethsemane exists to connect people to Jesus Christ by:

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The Missions Ministry of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church seeks
to empower God's people to serve.

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Acts 1:8

The "you" in Acts 1:8 really means...YOU! God is calling, are you answering? Join us as we make a difference in the lives of God people.

Gethsemane Pastor's Aid Ministry

Purpose of Pastor's Aid Ministry:

To assist the pastor in all personal and professional pursuits

The Pastor's Aide Ministry gives support and spiritual assistance to our pastors, as well as plan, prepare and implement anniversary, birthday and special occasions to celebrate them.


The Pastor's Aide Ministry meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Gethsemane Music Ministry

Objective: Following the leadership and vision of the pastor, the purpose of the Music Ministry is to integrate into church services the gospel of Jesus Christ through music, song and dance, to lead and inspire the congregation in worship while providing an avenue through which individuals may share their gift and be an integral part of the worship.

Prospective: Each year the music ministry strives to grow in its ability to perform music of different genres and skill levels. We also focus on providing not only spiritual support to the church but financial support as well. Each

Service: The Music Ministry at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church is composed of four choirs and the mime team-Chosen Generation.

The Mime Team, “Chosen Generation creates their own choreography for the enhancement of the worship service as well as special events. Currently Chosen Generation consists of young ladies and young of all ages.

The Gospel Choir: Composed of men and women ages 18 and over. This choir sings traditional and contemporary gospel music and presents music for the third Sunday worship services.

The Youth/Children's Choir: Composed of youth and children of various ages. This choir sings mostly contemporary gospel music and some traditional gospel selections. The Youth Choir sings on the second Sunday of each month.

The Men's Choir: Composed of men over the age of 18. This choir sings mostly quartet and traditional gospel music.

Gethsemane Prayer Ministry

Prayer Ministry Overview

The Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Prayer Ministry exists for uniting believers by encouraging personal and corporate prayer. We seek to follow the leading of the Lord Jesus Christ as we intercede on behalf of the lost and petition for those who need healing and His direction in their lives. We labor in the Lord for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God. We strive to support our pastor, leaders, ministries and our congregation in prayer.

Our Goal
Our goal is to build a solid, impenetrable wall of fervent prayer around the ministries, activities, events, and people of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church

What is Intercessory Prayer
Intercessory prayer is prayer for others. An intercessor is one who takes the place of, pleads for or stands in the gap for another.

Brethren, pray for us.
1 Thessalonians 5:25

And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
Isaiah 59:16

Prayer is the Key

Gethsemane Sunday School Ministry

As members of the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church family we are "Empowered to Serve." The Sunday School will serve God by serving the church body and the community. We will train children in the way they should go so that they will not depart from us. Whether the child is a newborn or a seasoned adult we view them all as being children of God.

Administrative Staff:

Rev. Ruby Steele, Superintendent
Materials Coordinator: Bro. Harvey Archie
Secretary: Sis. Phyllis Vincent
Treasurer: Sis. Valerie Dowd

Instructional Staff:

Juniors: Sis. Toni Ingram and Sis. Jackie Mills
Adults: Deacon Eugene Addison, Thelma Michael, Reginald Mills
Young Adults: Bro. John Ford and Rev. Sherry Ford

Through Christ who strengthens us, our staff is meeting challenge to serve you.

Usher Ministry

Organized November 28, 1925, when Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church was organized

Ministry Mission:

The Usher Ministry of GMBC strongly believe and follow "The Eight ING'S" of ushering by Alvin Johnson.
  1. Greeting (people appreciate a warm welcome).
  2. Seating (at the appropriate time).
  3. Offering (in unison and according to the master plan).
  4. Tending (a knowledge of worshippers' needs and knowing what to do in emergencies).
  5. Worshipping (the usher is a worshipper s well as a servant).
  6. Waiting ( for persons to arrive before the service and waiting for them to leave after the service).
  7. Cooperating (working in harmony with other ushers to complete the total task).

We welcome you to come to Gethsemane at any time and we will gladly welcome you in through open hearts and doors.

Gethsemane Outreach Center Ministry

Mission and Goal

The mission of the Outreach Center is to provide programs and services that strength the lives of individuals and families in Salisbury, East Spencer, Spencer and Granite Quarry. The primary goal of the Center is to operate a Feeding Ministry to help the unemployed and underemployed and satisfy the basic need of such persons.


The Ministry will achieve the following objectives:

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1114 W. Horah St.
Salisbury, NC 28144
Phone: 704-638-6036
Rev. Dr. Roy L. Dennis Jr.,

Operation Hours

Tuesday - 10 am to 1 pm
Thursdays - 10 am-12:45 pm

Identification Requirements

  1. NC issued picture ID
  2. SS (Social Security) Cards for all household members
  3. Income – Pay Stub W – 2
  4. Proof of Residency – Utility bill or rental agreement
  5. Child Support
  6. If supported by another individual, provide a letter of support with the monthly supported amount
  7. Social Security Income (disability)
  8. Work First Program Letter
  9. NC issued picture ID for students ages 19 years and older

Distribution of Food

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Center Distribution of food will be given according to the number of household members. Quarterly distributions (every 3 months).

Basic Groceries:

Gethsemane Laymen's League

The Laymen's League is the organization of men Church. It is the channel through which laymen rnake their best and most effective contribution to the life and work of the church. It is an organized effort for the enlistment of men.ln. the church. It is an effort by saved men to reach unsaved for God, for Christ, and for his church.

It is an organization of the Baptist Church to teach men to understand the Christian faith, and to possess a knowledge of the Baptist Church (Doctrine, polity, and practices), and to prepare them to present and discuss these vital matters intelligently.

The Laymen's League is a movement of Christian men to christianize the community in which they live (their city, their county, their state, their nation and their world). The training center and a service agency for growing baptist men. We must enlist, coordinate, cultivate, study, worship, and our Christian men to move forward in a positive manner.

The Purpose of the Laymen's League

  1. To enlist and coordinate the manpower of the local congregation for an effective performance of essential: Christian activities.
  2. To cultivate the Christian life of the laymen through study,, worship, fellowship and service.
  3. To enlist un-churched men for fellowship in Christian service through the Church and to bring unsaved men into vital relations with God in Christ through personal commitment to Him.
  4. To inspire the men of the church to support the total program of their church, their association, its auxiliaries and their state and national convention.
Laymen's League Hymn

Tune: Battle Hymn of the Republic
Lyrics By: Buchanan H. Bender, President
Laymen's Movement A.U.B.A.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(1) When Laymen meet together in the service of the Lord,
And begin to work together, as the Master said we should,
Our work will then begin to turn from labor to reward,
We men go marching on.

(2) Let every man be loyal to the Church that he belongs,
Then regardless what the task may be the work will all be done.
We are laboring for the Master, helping others to be strong,
As men go marching on.

(3) We've traveled across the country giving God Almighty praise;
For the gathering together in this N.C. Laymen's League
We're thinking of the needy, seeking means to bring relief
As we go marching on.

Glory! Glory, hallelujah!Chorus:

Glory! Glory, hallelujah!
Glory! Glory, hallelujah!
As men go marching on.

Laymen's League Pledge

I am persuaded by the teaching's of the blessed Bible - by daily readings, meditation and communion with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - to live an upright Christian life to practice his teachings in my dealings with my fellowman - to dedicate my talents and give of my time, influence and means to teaching or spreading the Christian Religion at home and abroad - to win souls through personal service for Christ - to encourage and help in the enlistment of young people in Christian work - and make my home a center of Christian light and love.

To these ends - I pledge - to devote myself and seek divine aid and guidance daily that I may become a living witness and a bright and shining light for my Lord.

Laymen's League History

The Laymen's Missionary Movement

Dwight L. Moody, an unordained evangelist, and John R. Mott, a Methodist laymen, played major roles in beginning the International Laymen's Missionary Movement. These two men were confident that the only way the world could be evangelized was through the mobilizing of laymen.

The Movement had its beginning in New York November 13- 14, 1906. The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions arranged an interdenominational meeting to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the famous William College Haystack prayer meeting that had launched the foreign Missions Movement of North America. John B. Sleman, a prominent laymen, made "A Call to Prayer" for laymen of different denominations to come together to give support to foreign missions. The Laymen's Missionary Movement was launched with a 10 day prayer meeting in the upper room.

An executive committee met in Philadelphia January 9, 1907, to state the purpose of the Movement. The statement included: We earnestly recommend to the Foreign Mission Boards of all denominations that they secure groups of laymen to promote campaigns of intelligent and generous interest in foreign missions with special reference to the men of the churches. The expense of these movements to be borne, whenever possible, by such groups of men so that funds of the boards shall not be drawn upon."

The Southern Baptist Convention was the first denomination to respond to the growing Movement. Joshua Levering of Baltimore and W. J. Northern of Atlanta took the lead in calling a conference of Laymen to meet a day before the 1907 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Richmond, Virginia. After a full and free discussion of the report by both laymen and ministers, the new movement was approved as an Auxiliary to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Gethsemane Laymen's League Objectives

Gethsemane Laymen's League Prayer


Lord God, who are perfect and who has sent Jesus as a perfect example of what it means to be fully human and fully Divine, I come now in my humanness seeking to get more in touch with the Divine. Help me to see both the strength and the vulnerability; the boldness and the humility; the rebuking and the redeeming natures of Jesus. Help me to recognize in Jesus what it truly means to be a man of God. I surrender and place myself anew in Your hands, and like clay in the potter's hands, I ask that You mold me after Your will, "while I am waiting yielded and still." In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Reverend Chestina Mitchell Archibald

Because God sent His Son as the perfect example of what a man should be, one must pray to God for the strength and courage to model their ways after Jesus's. As it is written in Mark 16:16a: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..."


We Have Come This Far By Faith

Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
719 South Caldwell Street
Salisbury, NC 28144
Telephone: 704-633-5057
Fax: 704-639-1975