Ebenezer Church

March 31, 2021
Ebenezer Church

America’s Freedom Church

What to know about the home church of both Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the Senate’s newest members.

Ebenezer Baptist Church:

  • 1886: Founded by Rev. John Parker – a former slave – in Atlanta, GA.
  • 1894: Rev. A.D. Williams, grandfather to MLK Jr., became pastor.
  • Rev. A.D. Williams served as the lead pastor for 37 years and emphasized civil rights activism – a legacy that remains within the church to this day.
  • Rev. MLK Sr. became pastor in 1931; Rev. MLK Jr. became co-pastor in 1960.

The Church Building

  • 1914: After outgrowing 3 different locations, the congregation began meeting in a nearby basement.
  • 1922: Main church building completed.
  • Several renovations & expansion projects have occurred since, but the location has not changed.
  • The church is now part of the MLK Jr. National Historic Site, which includes the King family home and MLK’s gravesite.

Then & Now

Ebenezer Baptist Church began with 13 congregants and now has at least 6,000.

In its 135-year history, there have been five Senior Pastors.

The current Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, has served since 2005. Recently elected to the Senate in the GA runoffs, he will be the first Black senator from the state.

Ebenezer Baptist Church: America’s Freedom Church

As we mark Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we return to the church where it all began.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, spiritual home to Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. and Rev. MLK Sr., has also laid the foundation for one of the Senate’s newest members – Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock.

The very first federally-recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated at Ebenezer Baptist Church with a ceremony between King's wife, Coretta, and VP George H.W. Bush.

LEARN MORE: by reading more about the church history or watch services at the church HERE

Here’s more on Dr. Warnock who will shortly be sworn into the Senate.

by Jenna Lee,