Welcome to Aenon Missionary Baptist Church
Educate Empower & Evangelize
Our Church Legacy
Believing in God’s Word and Spirit
Aenon Baptist Church was first organized as a mission in 1923 by Reverend Henry Greenlea. Rev.Greenlea served as pastor until 1928. Under his leadership, the mission grew from less than 30 to about 40 members. In 1926, the mission moved from Chatom Street (now Ormond Street) to 5 Leopold Street. Due to increasing age and toiling health, he requested the mission to elect Reverend Robert E. Warfield as pastor. Reverend Robert E. Warfield was pastor from 1928 until 1940. During his tenure the mission moved (in 1932) to 157 Joseph Avenue. In August of 1939 the mission moved to 200 Joseph Avenue. With the recognition and sponsorship of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and the Monroe Baptist Union (now known as the American Baptist Churches of Monroe Association), the mission was organized as a church and incorporated on December 27, 1939. Rev. Warfield served as pastor until 1940. Aenon became affiliated with the Western Baptist Association (now the Great Lakes Baptist Association.) The Empire Baptist Missionary State Convention, The National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated and the Monroe Baptist Union. During 1940 both Reverend Murphy Greer and Reverend Nelson B. Brown served as spiritual leaders. Reverend Greer served the first six months as interim pastor and In June of 1940, Reverend Brown was installed as pastor. During Reverend Brown’s tenure the church moved to 198 Joseph Avenue than later to 180 Joseph Avenue. In February 1941, Reverend Murphy Greer was called to pastor Aenon. Under Rev. Greer’s administration, the church continued to grow. Property was purchased and remodeled at 22 Oregon Street where the church remained until 1963; then Aenon relocated to a larger building at 362 Columbia Avenue. As Aenon grew, God blessed Aenon, and under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Greer led the church to purchase the edifice that had been the Calvary Baptist Church at 175 Genesee Street. On August 22, 1971, Pastor Greer along with the Aenon congregation marched to the new church! Aenon gained much recognition for its participation in student training programs for numerous Colgate Rochester Divinity School ministers. “Pop” Greer – as he came to be known – served Aenon faithfully for 39 years. Reverend Greer went home to be with the Lord on January 5, 1980.
Reverend Robert Miller served Aenon as acting pastor from May 13, 1979 until June 28, 1981. At that time the membership had grown to approximately 1800. Under the leadership of Rev. Miller, Aenon continued to grow as a viable and spiritual part of the Rochester community. In May 1981, the church called Reverend James L Cherry, Sr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On July 6, 1981, Rev. James L. Cherry, Sr. became the pastor of the Aenon Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Cherry taught the Aenon congregation the importance of the “church family concept” and the joy of the spirit experienced in “giving freely to God met which is rightfully His.” As a result of this teaching, the church has been blessed both spiritually and financially. Pastor Cherry continued to lead Aenon in several local, state and national Christian related initiatives. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, from October 1996 until July 1997, Aenon embarked on a $3 million renovation and expansion project. This project included expanding sanctuary space with new pews; expanding the educational facilities; installation of central air conditioning and an elevator for handicap access; upgraded lighting, heating, security system, and state of the art audio video system; Christian library and computer training facilities. After the renovation, Aenon was blessed with the privilege of hosting several state, regional and international conferences. These include the Empire Baptist Missionary State Convention; July 1998, Eastern Region Youth Ministry Conference of the Women’s Auxiliary to the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; and the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention in September 1998 and again in August 2008. The Reverend Dr. James L. Cherry Sr. retired as pastor from Aenon on December 31, 2014. His leadership, his spiritual teaching, his faith for Aenon, his friendship, his guidance, and most of all his love for Aenon will never be forgotten. Aenon is so many things to so many people. Each member has contributed to Aenon’s history in a special way. Let us continue to encourage one another, and be encouraged. I Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Our Church Covenant
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We Engage, Therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality, to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We Also Engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid gossiping, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
Our Church Covenant
We Further Engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy, in our speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We Moreover Engage that, when we move from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church of like faith, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
And now unto Him, who brought again from the dead, Our Lord Jesus, be Power and Glory forever, Amen.
- Evangelism: We are striving to fulfill the Great Commission as stated by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20
- Education: We are striving to enhance the lives of humanity through Christian & secular education, which provides a firm foundation for how we should live out our faith. Furthermore we are striving to expand opportunities for those in humanity through secular education, which has the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for all of humanity.
- Economics: We are striving to provide economic literacy and education for the expressed purpose of enabling humanity to experience abundant life. We are striving to improve the economic paradigms and praxis of those in our congregation and community.
- Empowerment: We are striving to provide contemporary and progressive ministries, programs and initiatives that will empower humanity to live empowered lives. Our vision of empowerment strives to promote conservative values and morals, which are consistent with our faith and doctrine to empower the lives of youth, seniors, singles and families consisting of single parents and married families joined in Holy matrimony as outlined in our sacred scriptures and in the Aenon Doctrinal Statement Article XXII-The Sanctity of Marriage.