Church History

The Oakley Baptist Church began in 1896 as a mission by the Reverend Grahm Jordan under the supervision of Second Baptist Church.  Under the pastorate of the Reverend Frank Harrison, the second church building was constructed to meet the growing needs of the community.  The location was at the corner of South Oakley Avenue and Sheridan on the Hilltop.  The church still owns the original lot.


Always progressive, always open to the dictates of the Holy Spirit, the Oakley Family embraced the movement of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in 1992.  This worship style, which is the return to the old, nothing new, is believed to be that of the traditional Black Baptist Church.


The church moved to its current location in 1998.  The facility has a 400-seat sanctuary, fellowship halls with capacity of 150, office, nursery, nurses station as well as several class rooms.  The facility is presently appraised for slightly lower than $1 million.


Since 1917, Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church has been blessed to have had six inspirational leaders of our congregation.

1917 – 1955  Reverend Jacob Ashburn, Jr.

1955 – 1984 Reverend Jacob Julian Ashburn

1985 – 2005 Bishop Andy C. Lewter, Jr.

2005 – 2007 Elder Virgil Starks

2008 – 2016 Dr. Jonathan J. McReynolds

2017             Bishop Herman D. Ware, Jr. 

The Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church is a God-Centered Church.  As a house of Christian believers, we continue to witness and share our faith in God.  Just look from where the Lord has brought us!  We can truly say that we have come this far by faith.