Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church

East Point Georgia

The History of St. Paul

In February of 1961, a group of Baptist ministers and dedicated Christian workers met at 891 Mayson Turner Avenue, formerly the site of Union Baptist Church, for the purpose of organizing a Baptist Church. During the period of organization, the following ministers were present: Rev. L. M. Terrell, Rev. H.M. Alexander, Rev. J.J. Broadnax, Rev. Frank Jones, Rev. J. I. McCrary, Rev. W. McCall and Rev. D. P. George.

The Reverend Carl H. Moncrieff, Sr. was called as the first pastor. Under his dynamic leadership, the church purchased pews and property and experienced an increase of members. Rev. Moncrieff set the pace for continued growth and progress. He served until the time of his resignation in 1965.

In June of 1965, the Reverend G.J. Lawrence was called as the church’s second pastor. Under his leadership, the church acquired another building for worship at 2509 Bellview Drive, NW, Atlanta, Georgia. Reverend Lawrence served until February of 1966. Saint Paul is proud to have had both of these fine ministers to serve as her pastor. Both of them contributed to the growth of Saint Paul in their own unique way.

In March of 1966, the Reverend Clayton Eugene Taylor was summoned as the third pastor of Saint Paul. During the time of his call, Saint Paul, like many churches, was experiencing moments of great crisis. However, under the dynamic leadership of Rev. Taylor, new life and spirit was injected into the veins of the congregation. The worship service was greatly enriched and the attendance greatly increased. Being a man of vision and ambition, Rev. Taylor envisioned even greater things for the little church on Bellview Drive. Because the church experienced tremendous growth the Bellview site was no longer adequate to accommodate this growing body.

On the first Sunday in April, Rev. Taylor and the congregation marched from Bellview Drive to 705 Ashby Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia, the new worship site of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church. On December 1, 1985, God enabled Saint Paul to relinquish her indebtedness several years ahead of schedule. The mortgage burning ceremony brought much joy to the Saint Paul Family.

In December 1988, Rev. Taylor announced to the congregation that he had a vision of relocating our church family. On April 14, 1996, Saint Paul marched into her present location at 2870 Headland Drive, East Point, Georgia. The realization of Rev. Taylor’s vision was enthusiastically celebrated by all. We pray God will continue to bless the Saint Paul Family.

In March 2011, we celebrated our 50th Church Anniversary.




  • Scripture

    Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. – Deuteronomy 28:3