while Growing in Grace"
-Matt. 28:19-20, 2 Pet. 3:18
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many”. I Cor 12:12-14
Citadel Missionary Baptist Church History
On February 17th, 2009 at Tabernacle M.B. Church a miracle took place. A sermon was being preached about the parable of the talents. As the preacher began to discuss the person with one talent, he put emphasis on the talent being buried and returned unused. When the preacher mentioned that his talent was taken away and given to someone else to use, God spoke to Rev. Errick Peck, and said, “That’s going to happen to you if you don’t move”!
In that moment, Rev. Peck realized God was telling him to start a church and to move quickly or else! Reverend Peck did not hesitate. He talked to Pastor Jonathan Bailey immediately after the morning service to let him know what God said to him. He began to look for a place where he could have a worship service. After investigating a few places, doors began to open and he found a home at Shortridge High School in the Caleb Mills Auditorium. Making a public statement in church on the fourth Sunday in March, Rev. Peck informed everyone of his intentions to walk in faith and answer God’s calling to pastorship. With $300 dollars of his own and donations given to him that morning, Rev. Errick Peck and his family moved out on faith to become the first members of Citadel M. B. Church.
With our focus never set on quantity but quality, Citadel’s members continue to grow by grace. Pastor Errick Peck continues to train Citadel on the importance of true discipleship – stating, “Your badge of Christianity is not determined by your works or how often you are in the house of God, but it is a reflection of those you have brought to Christ.”
Focusing on the commission of Christ, Citadel strives to share the Good News.
Since its existence, Citadel has created outreach programs such as, Back to School Outreach. This was held in September 2009 which involved providing school supplies and the word of God to the community. Other outreach programs included the Candy Express for Christ held in October 2009, which we prayed for children as they came looking for candy. Efforts for Haiti were also part of our first year of outreach. Citadel continues to fellowship together on a frequent basis, having our first Christmas Dinner together where we drove one member crazy looking for specific rolls!
One of the most significant and memorable occasions was held on November 14, 2009 which was the Installation Service of Pastor Errick and First Lady Melissa Peck.
In the summer of 2010, Citadel moved its services to our current place of worship, Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Church in Irvington. As we continue to seek our own home, we do not waver in our service. Citadel continues the community program for school supply donations to schools and individuals. In 2011, from our Pastor’s vision, we also implemented a Men’s Workshop, Women’s Fellowship, Marriage Ministry and a Barnabas Project to help others in need.
And having a high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.~ Hebrews 11:21-25
We truly have come this far by faith “Proclaiming the Good News while Growing in Grace.” To God be the glory for the things he has done!
We the pastor and members of Citadel Missionary Baptist Church hope you
discern the presence of four “L’s” in our pictures and fellowship:
|Living life to the fullest the way Christ wants us to-through the gift of life (stewardship), the gifts of the spirit (to edify the body of Christ), the gift of grace (receiving and offering salvation) and a life of anticipation (for his blessings and his return)!||Loving the “lost” and the found without hypocrisy, because God first loved us! Using love as a “badge of identification” to enter restricted areas in a person’s life; to cover, console and serve his creation!||To appreciate the privileges and freedom in Christ! To enjoy the fruit of our labor in a way that pleases God! To everything there is a season, including a time to laugh||To pass down love, unity and faith to the next generation that God calls to hold up the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Teaching and making disciples until we all hear:”Well done thou good and faithful servant”!|