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Archives & Special Collections: St. John Baptist Church

The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center

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About St. John Baptist Church:
The St. John Baptist Church is located at 184 Goodell Street at the corner of Michigan Avenue in downtown Buffalo, New York. The Church and its developments sit in the pinnacle of the Buffalo Medical Corridor which houses Western New York's major medical facilities. Our 45 acre campus which houses our 1200-seat sanctuary and administrative offices, corporations, housing units, and parking facilities, is a unique addition to the City of Buffalo's industrial landscape.

The St John Baptist Church has Membership in the Following organizations: 
The Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc, The American Baptist Convention Inc, Baptist Ministers Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity, The Visiting Ushers Association of Buffalo and Vicinity.


"Yielding to the Spirit" DVD (available on YouTube and on CD)
This documentary takes a special look at the history of the St. John Baptist Church, from its humble beginnings inside a storefront to becoming a prominent church within the city of Buffalo, New York. The story of this historic church is told through archival photos and film footage as well as personal interviews. Reflections of the first 2 ministers, Rev. Burnie C. McCarley and Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith, Sr are also shared within the video.

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