Teacher: Sister Alberta Crawford
Asst. Teacher: Dr. Lisa James
Secretary: Sister Alice Lee
Asst. Secretary: Sister Lottie Starks
The Dr. A. M. Townsend class was named after Dr. Arthur Melvin Townsend by the late Pastor Rev O. C. Collins. Dr. Townsend ( October 26, 1875 - April 20, 1959) was a physician by profession and an ordained minister who was very instrumental in the growth and development of the Sunday School Publishing Board located in Nashville, TN. He served as Executive Secretary of the Sunday School Publishing Board in 1920 and soon assumed leadership of the board. He is credited for initiating the construction and design of the Publishing Board’s most modern and best equipped publishing houses of its kind in America. Prior to serving the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Dr. Townsend served as pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Memphis, TN from 1918-1920.
The late Mother Ida Harris served as Chairman of the Mother Board in the late 1940's and early 1950's. This adult class, which originally was composed of Mothers of the church and senior members, was named in her honor.
Teacher: Sister Ida Leachman
Secretary: Superintendent Velma Maclin
Rev. James and Shawanda Williams and son Caleb
After attending a national meeting of the Sunday School and BTU Congress in 1966, a Crusaders Mission Ministry was formed and chaired by Sister Thelma Nelms. Through the work of this ministry, a need for a Sunday School mentoring class for high school graduates and young adults was presented to Rev. O. C. Collins, Sr. by Sister Arnetta Phillips Wilson and Sister Fannie Reid. As a result, the Crusaders Sunday School class was formed in 1968. Under the leadership of the current teacher, Sister Earline Collins, the ministry continues to be enhanced.
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