NEWBURGH – The officers and members of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church opened their doors Sunday afternoon to welcome their new pastor, Rev. Dr. Erik Maurice Pogue, during the formal installation ceremony.
The church was filled with hundreds of guests, including clergy, family, friends and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church family.
Rev. Byron Williams, the pastor of Baptist Temple Church, as well as the Moderator for the Central Hudson Baptist Association, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the auspicious occasion.
For more than four hours, those gathered for the event were treated to Scripture Readings, prayers and musical selections.
Rev. Roderick P. McArthur preached the installation sermon which brought the congregation to its feet in preparation for the time of Sacred Elevation.
Rev. Dr. Pogue was charged to "preach and teach the pure doctrine of God’s Word; administer the Sacraments according to Christ’s institution; instruct the young in the way of salvation; counsel the inquiring; strengthen the weak; seek the lost and reclaim the straying; comfort the sorrowing; care for the needy; visit the sick; minister to the dying; and pray for the spiritual welfare of every soul under your care."
The members of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church were also charged to "work together with him for our Lord’s kingdom so that by your works of service the Body of Christ might be built up." They were further charged to "honor him and love him."
In 1 Thessalonians 5:13 the Apostle Paul says: "Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work." Rev. McArthur asked those gathered to "pray for him continually, that his ministry among you may be greatly blessed."
Rev. Dr. Pogue became emotional during the laying on of hand by clergy, and was overwhelmed by the many presentations by pastors, the church and his family. Pogue’s mother testified, "I’m so thankful for what Jesus has done for you."
Pogue thanked everyone for the generous support shown to him. He acknowledged the wonderful work the church has done and expressed confidence that it will continue to do the Lord’s work.
Deaconess Sandy Brooks, Installation Committee Chairperson, stated, "We are grateful to God for the Shepard that he has given us to lead our congregation. The Vision, Prophetic Voice and Fervor that he possesses is bound to help catapult us into our place of destiny."
History of New Hope
The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1949 under the leadership of Rev. Hardin in the home of Mrs. Schoolboy Polk at 103 Smith Street. A few months later a building on Front Street was purchased and converted into a place of worship.
In 1951, the church was without a pastor, the doors were closed, and the city took over the building. In late 1951, Rev. E. Bundy came to Newburgh and revived the church which moved to 24 Colden Street in January of 1952. In March 1952, the church was formerly reorganized by the Board Members of the Progressive Baptist Association.
In 1960, Rev. Coleman Briggs was called to carry on the work of the Lord. The church grew, was incorporated in 1961, and became a member of the Central Hudson Baptist Association.
In 1963, the Church moved to a larger store front on South Water Street, until in 1968 it move to its present edifice. In 1984, the church instituted a Soup Kitchen which fed the hungry with a nourishing home cooked meal every Monday a 7:00 p.m. Many times the Soup Kitchen would feed as many as one hundred people. Throughout the 80’s many improvements were made to the church, which also housed the Newburgh Bible Institute.
In 1996, an expansion was completed, which included 200 extra seats in the sanctuary, a dinning room, pastor’s study, and a city wide outreach program.
On Saturday, April 7, 2012 the Church commemorated Briggs 52 years of service with a retirement banquet. On December 31, 2012 Rev. Briggs gave his farewell sermon and admonished the church to always trust God.
In January 2013 Rev. Dr. E. Maurice Pogue was voted in as Supply Pastor and it is with the help of the Lord that he and the members will continue to build upon such a great foundation.