(Ames) – Friendship Baptist Church will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Sunday, April 13 with Rev. Michael Thurman, the church’s first pastor and a former pastor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dexter Avenue church. The anniversary celebration will be hosted by Rev. Moses Ward at 11:45 am at Friendship, located at 2400 Mortensen Parkway, Ames.
FBC began as a mission church under the Baptist Convention of Iowa in 1989. University Baptist Church provided space for the mission church, with Thurman as Friendship’s pastor until 1992 The two churches continue to share the facility at 2400 Mortensen Parkway today.
Thurman currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Alabama State University where he teaches “Introduction to Applied Ethics” and “Logical Reasoning,” and at Troy University where he teaches “Introduction to Ethics.” He has pastored churches in Alabama, Louisiana, and Iowa, including the Dexter Avenue Church in Montgomery, former church of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under Thurman’s leadership, the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Foundation was developed for the church’s historical preservation and to provide public education for the thousands of tourists who visit Dexter Avenue each year.
Prior to returning to Montgomery, Thurman was employed as an Associate Director of The African American Church Extension Division of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention where he coordinated and directed church planting efforts in sixteen states.
Thurman, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, is a graduate of Morehouse College of Atlanta, Georgia, with a degree in Religion and Philosophy. He received his Master’s of Divinity Degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana with an emphasis in Church History and Christian Ethics.
Rev. Moses Ward and his wife, Breanne, currently serve the church body at Friendship. They invite the community to this special celebratory service. A cake reception will immediately follow. For more information, call the church at 515/292-4539.