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ERBA 149th Annual Session
2018-2022 Executive Board Officers and Scheduled
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of the Enoree River Baptist Association
cannot help but be very proud of the rich heritage
of past and present "Bridge Builders"
of the Enoree River Baptist Association.
On August 27, 1868, the place was Jubilee Baptist
Church. The purpose was a distinct need to bring
churches together for a common cause in Jesus Christ.
And now, One Hundred and Forty Eight years later,
the Enoree River Baptist Association rejoices over
the fruition of a dream. It stands a monument among
Associations and is still pursuing and maintaining
the dream that began in 1868.
The Association was organized in 1868, and so named
because of the Enoree River that flows two miles
southwest of Jubilee Baptist Church. The Reverend
Gabriel Poole was one of the early pioneers. He
was the pastor of two churches, Springfield and
New Pleasant Grove. Amazingly, Reverend Poole could
not read or write, so he would have someone read
his text and he would deliver the sermon. He was
a strong spiritual leader and an outstanding preacher.
Some of the other early leaders were:
J. O. Allen
Reverend J. E. Washington
J. C. Tobin
W. M. Toland
P. E. Maloy
J. S. Pinson
D. H. Watkins
A. R. Burke,
and many others.
Deacon J. H. Moore of New Pleasant Grove served
faithfully as a secretary of the Union for more
than 45 years; and his daughter Mrs. Bertha
Pauline Moore Cobb served for 34 years. It was
through some of those precious records that
we can offer this historical glimpse into the
Enoree River Baptist Association.
Records show that in 1986, Reverend J. O. Allen
was Moderator. He was a young educator who stressed
education and higher learning in each of those
bodies of the Association which brought the
idea of a high school for our people to the
Association. On August 27, 1908, a joint committee
of the Congress, Union meeting and the Association
formulatged the actual idea of buying land for
this school which was to be owned and operated
by the Association. During this history making
meeting, stocks were sold for $10.00 per share,
and some pledged the amount of $610.00. They
then sang, "Praise God From Whom All Blessings
Flow" and proceeded to search for just
the right site. After seven years of searching
and raising funds, the dream started to unfold.
They bought four acres of land in the city of
Greenville with a nine-room building, a four
room building, an orchard and city water. This
begain the first ownership project among our
Associational field. Reverend E. E. Riley of
Seneca was the first President. It was a boarding
school and had a very successful beginning.
During periods of the Association, many of the
elder ministers and leading brethen passed,
and younger ones were entering the field and
taking over the work. Some of those bridge builders
were Reverend J. A. Arnett, Reverend D. S. Samples,
Dr. C. F. Gandy, Reverend W. M. Watson, Reverend
W. M. Limscombe, Reverend W. R. Martin, Reverend
H. W. D. Stewart, Reverend J. W. Wilburn, Reverend
R. W. Collins, Reverend T. B. Butler, Reverend
J. D. Gordon and many more.
Reverend C. F. Gandy was Moderator at this time
and the school which was named the Enoree High
School had moved forward and the Association
had worked very hard to keep it going. The principal
at this time was Professor T. H. Tresvant. In
the 1920's, after fourteen years of ownership,
the Association turned the school over to the
city. Professor J. C. Martin was appointed principal.
This school became the first high school in
the city for Negroes and was named Sterling.
During the 1920's and 1930's, many young leaders
came into the field which included Reverend
C. E. Butler, Reverend F. S. Jones, Reverend
S. E. Key, Reverend J. H. Smith, Reverned L.
B. Moon, Reverend C.C. Cox, Reverend J. C. Cowans,
and Rev. T. N. Moss. There were other leaders
to come in the Association at this time.
The Association, with a growing mind, turned
its thoughts to another project led by Moderator,
Dr. C. F. Gandy with Reverend H. W. D. Stewart
as Drive Director. Three hundred and sixty acres
of property was purchased in upper Greenville
County near Cleveland SC on State Highway 11.
An assembly ground was developed and thus the
dream of Camp Enoree. Dr. N. J. Brockman was
the Camp Director and Mr. C. O. Jackson was
During the forties, the war years, others came
and went. The fifties and sixties brought more
pastors to the churches in our field. They included
Reverend W. J. Marshall, Reverend A. B. Brockman,
Reverend W. A. Harrison, Reverend O. O. Pickett,
Reverend N. J. Brockman, Reverend J. S. Hall,
Reverend C. M. Daniels, Reverend E. D. Dixon,
Reverend J. W. Henderson, Reverend L. R. Best,
Reverend D. C. Francis, Reverend L. B. Reed,
Reverend B. B. Dubose, Reverend J. C. Bradford,
Reverend McFadden, Reverend J. B. Bailey, Reverend
H. L. Sullivan, Reverend C. S. Sanders, Reverend
S. M. Glover, Reverend F. H. Goldsmith, Reverend
A. M. McNeil, Reverend J. W. Boggs, Reverend
J. M. Earls, and Reverend J. W. Johnson.
The sixties were history making years in the
Association, under the leadership of Dr. N.
J. Brockman. Efforts were made to set up an
extension school for Greenville area ministers.
During this particular time, Morris and Benedict
College could furnish an extension class, but
not a school. Dr. N. J. Brockman contacted the
American Theological Seminary in Nashville Tenessee.
Soon afterwards, a school for area ministers
was started. This school was first housed in
a two-story home owned by a Mrs. Stenhouse at
809 Jenkins Street. Mr. S. C. Franks was instrumental
in obtaining this site on Jenkins Street. Dr.
N. J. Brockman was the Director and Reverend
C. E. Butler was the Dean. The teachers included
Dr. Ingram, Reverend C. Patrick and Mrs. Susie
In 1965, the Seminary moved from Jenkins Street
to Tabernacle Baptist Church in their W. M.
Watson Memorial Building . Some of the instructors
during this time were Dr. N. J. Brockman, Dr.
J. W. Henderson and Rev. B. B. Dubose. The classes
were held at Watson Memorial Building until
the 1972-73 school year ended. The entire program
was moved to the Augusta Street locale on August
In 1974, Moderators Dr. J. W. Henderson of Enoree
River, Dr. S. C. Cureton of Reedy River, and
Dr. N. P. Pearson of North Enoree along with
Dr. N. J. Brockman who was Director, made arrangements
to purchase the site of the Martin-Webb Learning
Center on Fleming Street. This center is named
in memory of the Reverend W.N. Martin and Rev.
O. K. Webb. It is affiliated with the American
Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville Tennessee.
The seventies came and brought
many other pastors to our field. Some of them
included: Reverend O. L. Robinson, Reverend
Fred Sweeney, Reverend Warren Hallums, Dr. John
T. Berry, Reverend Harold Cox, Reverend Clinton
Smith, Reverend Earl Lewers, and others.
The eighties brought an abundance of
pastors including Reverend B. T. Sears, Reverend
James Dowell, Reverend L. P. Graham, Reverend
C. R. Lewis, Reverend D. R. Smith, Reverend
Kaiser Jones, Reverend S. A. Mattison, Reverend
Boggs, Reverend W. T. Radden, Reverend Michael
Glenn, and many others. With the eighties, also
came great attempts to re-establish Camp Enoree.
The five-year tenure was established and the
Mr. & Mrs. Enoree River contest was started
under the tenure of Dr. J. W. Henderson.
The nineties brought many new pastors
into our field including Reverend Leonzo Lynch,
Reverend Lonnie Rector, Reverend Tony Parks,
Reverend Gettis Jackson, Reverend Terry McCaskill,
Reverend Katie Jordan, Reverend L. P. Graham,
Reverend James Davis, Reverend Willie Choice,
Dr. Edward Brantley, Reverend Windell Rodgers,
Reverend Sean Dogan, Reverend Charles Jackson,
Reverend Stacy Mills and many others. The office
of 2nd Vice Moderator was established in the
nineties and the Constitution was changed to
reflect this new office.
Dr. C. R. Lewis took the helm of this Association
as Moderator in 1998, and guided us into the
new millennium, serving until 2002. During this
time, he worked to clear our in-debtedness to
Martin-Webb from the previous year and encouraged
us to continue to give and support Martin-Webb,
along with our other educational institutions;
Morris College and Benedict College. He also
continued to work on Camp Enoree and worked
to build our Youth Ministry.
In 2003, Rev. J. W. Johnson became Moderator
and is presently serving at the time of this
update. Under his leadership the Association
sold 55.73 acres of our Camp Enoree property,
leaving us with 3 acres. We then purchased and
restored the old Laurel Creek Elementary School.
This property included a building with offices,
conference room, kitchen, cafeteria/auditorium,
8 classrooms and 11 acres of land.
In 2012, Dr. Edward Brantley was elected as
the Moderator of the Enoree River Baptist Association.
There are many history making events that have
been instrumental in bringing this Association
to the top. Many people, both young and not
so young, ministers and lay persons have had
an instrumental hand in guiding the stern of
this great ship of Zion called The Enoree
River Baptist Association.
In 2018, Dr. Toney
Parks was elected as the Moderator of the Enoree
River Baptist Association.
BOARD AND STAFF |
of Moderator-Dr. Toney Parks
Dr. Toney C. Parks
Pastor, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist
11 Bushberry Way, Greer, SC
Cell: (864) 350-8409
W. LaVelle McCray
Pastor,Rocky Mount Missionary Baptist
3 Tulane Avenue, Greenville, SC 29617
(864) 294-7574 cell: (864) 350-1578
James A. Dowell
Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church
10 Horton St., Greenville SC 29601
(864) 235-7733 cell: (864)
EXECUTIVE BOARD AND STAFF
EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS
Dr. Toney C. Parks, Moderator
Rev. LaVelle McCray, First Vice Moderator
Rev. James A. Dowell, Second Vice
Corresponding Secretary: VACANT
Financial Secretary, Sister Linda
Treasurer, Sister Gwen Wright
TIME AND PLACE (ANNUAL SESSIONS)
2018 - Rock Hill Baptist Church
2019 - Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist
2020 - Rocky Mount Baptist Church
2021 - Lowndes Hill Baptist Church
2022 - Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Toney C. Parks has served as Sr. Pastor of Mt.
Sinai Baptist Church for the past 26 years. Being
the Pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church has been
one of the greatest and rewarding challenges of
his ministerial journey.
In addition to his church pastoral duties,
Dr. Parks is very active in the community, currently
serving as President of the South Carolina Congress
of Christian Education and Moderator of the
Enoree River Baptist Association. He is also
an Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling
and Practical Theology at Erskine Theological
Seminary, the Chaplain of the Greenville City
Police Department, and President and Co-founder
of Family Outreach Community Services in Greenville
In addition to serving as a Marriage facilitator
from the Christian Perspective, Dr. Parks is
a State and National instructor on the subject
of Church Leadership, Administration and Policy
for the South Carolina Education and Missionary
Convention as well as the National Baptists
Convention of America, USA.
Dr. Parks is a native of Birmingham, Alabama.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal
Justice from the University of South Carolina,
a Masters Divinity degree from Erskine College
and Theological Seminary, and an earned Doctoral
degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological
Seminary. He and his wife, Brenda, have been
together for over 36 years. They are the proud
parents of two sons, Hamilton and Donovan.
Dr. Parks states that “He loves the Lord,
He honors his wife, lives for his family, and
is dedicated to the church.