Pastoral History

Reverend Thomas L. Ballou

Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle began with a council of nine who met with Dr. Thomas L. Ballou in January, 1938. Reverend Ballou submitted three fundamental principles by which the church should operate throughout its existence. They were incorporated into the church laws. They were: 1) A Peaceful Church 2) A Live Church 3) A Centralized Church. On April 12, 1938 the church was organized with 150 members. The Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle was named by Mr. Herman Strong.

Reverend Edgar J. Timmons

Reverend Edgar J. Timmons, who served as the Associate Minister during 1945, was elected pastor on January 6, 1946. On September 18, 1949 ground was broken for a new church and the mortgage was burned February 19, 1956. The church was incorporated in 1950. In 1955, Reverend Timmons became ill and retired in 1956.

Reverend Sidney D. Edwards

Reverend Sidney D. Edwards became pastor the first Sunday in May of 1957. He accepted his new role as pastor of Metropolitan with the format of continuing the spiritual and financial growth of the church. Reverend Edwards offered his resignation on February 12, 1967 and it was accepted by the church on February 22, 1967.

Reverend Arthur J. Pointer

Reverend Arthur J. Pointer was invited to serve as Administrative Assistant in 1964 under Reverend Edwards. Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle called Reverend Pointer as pastor on April 19, 1967 and he accepted the call May 1, 1967 until he was called home to rest in the arms of our Lord and Savior on April 23, 2008. He came with the desire to make Metropolitan and Flint a better religious community. Reverend Pointer held positions in the State and National conventions, Moderator of the Great Lakes Baptist District Association, served on the OIC Board, and as President of the Wolverine State Baptist Convention of Michigan to name a few. His church motto: ” The Church for Everybody Serving the God for Everybody”

Reverend Carlos D. Williams

After two years of praying for a pastor who was a man of God, Carlos D. Williams accepted the call as the fifth Pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle on the first Sunday in August 2010. At that time he came with fire in his heart and soul to do God’s work. His vision of the church updated it to the 21st Century. Reverend Williams submitted his resignation in August of 2013 and it was accepted by the church.

Dr. Herbert Miller, II

Dr. Herbert Miller, II accepted the call of the congregation in September of 2015 as Metropolitan’s Six Pastor. Since his arrival Metropolitan has experienced great spiritual growth.  We are excited to see what God has in store for Dr. Miller & the Metropolitan Church Family and how he will continue to use us to impact our city and beyond.