The Missions Ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church seeks to combine and coordinate the efforts of the various church ministries which have been set aside to provide missionary assistance. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the ministry strives to manifest the love of Jesus Christ in both domestic and foreign mission fields. It performs this by addressing both the spiritual and material concerns of those in need.
Seed Time & Harvest
Recruitment Coordinator –
Fund Raising Coordinator –
North Phoebus Community Center –
This ministry serves active duty personnel, veterans, and military families in: prayer, family assistance, hospital visitation, nursing homes, and those veterans in hospice care. A special service is set aside to recognize, honor, and thank our active duty servicemen and women, our veterans who have served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Additionally, we send our military men and women care packages, letting them know that we love them and appreciate their commitment to the service of our country. Countless soldiers returning from battle, have suffered from what is now called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), caused by exposure to constant traumatic events. In 1 Samuel 30, when David and his men returned from battle and found their city ransacked and families kidnapped, they experienced full-blown PTSD. Healing came as David sought the Lord in prayer and stepped out with God’s anointing to help his men recover everything. This is the heart of the EBC Military Ministry. One by one we will encounter wounded warriors and allow God’s love to bring healing. Isaiah 41:13 – “For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
James Felton, Jr.
The Canvassing Ministry consist of volunteers from Ebenezer’s congregation who want to spread the gospel throughout the community. It is the ministry’s mission to inform our community about us and invite them to our worship service. Members go out into the community to pass out information regarding various activities at the church, i.e., Vacation Bible School, Revivals, Community Day, and special Sundays. The number one goal of the ministry is to reach the unchurched with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9) (KJV).
Our food ministry models the love and compassion of Jesus Christ as a way to meet the needs of our congregation and the surrounding community. Thousands of families have been supplied with free groceries and an encouraging word in their time of need. For some, we are a bridge over hard times; for others we are a main link for household groceries. Our mission is to provide food or meals to those persons without food or food preparation facilities. Our Share program is in place to meet most urgent food needs which includes a small, in-house pantry. Food Lion cards are available in $50.00 denominations to be given to individuals who are in need. We provide shares to approximately 200 families throughout the local community.
Ebenezer Baptist Church participates in Hampton’s Ecumenical Lodging and Provisions (H.E.L.P.), “a Night’s Welcome” program. This ministry provides to the homeless and street people respite from the cold in a very simple, welcoming, consistent fashion. It is their goal to reduce the vulnerability of people to homelessness and poverty by empowering them with the means to achieve their own self sufficiency. We provide overnight shelter and food for seven evenings and mornings during the coldest winter months (opening our doors on Saturday night through the next Saturday morning from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.). We provide volunteers to pick up supplies, provide meals for our guests, and provide spiritual fellowship.
This ministry is made up of volunteer members of the church who are committed to spread the gospel to incarcerated youth in our area. The mission is to reach out to youth offenders to enlighten them on the path to a Christian life. Christian principles such as loving one another, forgiveness, faith, an obedience to God’s word are introduced. We introduce ourselves, open the session with a word of prayer, and distribute bibles to those who would like one. Participants are encouraged to take part in an open discussion on a variety of topics. A new topic is introduced at each session; subjects are taken from the resource manual from Straight Ahead Ministries. During the hour-long session, youth are encouraged to offer their thoughts. Facilitators offer positive feedback and share their real-life experiences that related to the scriptures.
This ministry consists of wise and trusted counselors who empower each other in a relational experience by helping the mentoring partner discover and interpret God’s activity in his/her life and conforms his/her life to God’s director. We provide a good model, asking probing questions and offering encouragement. We provide mentoring for teens ages 13-18, many who are angry and in trouble with the law, their schools, and their families. In most cases, this anger is a defense mechanism to hide silent fear, hurt, or rejection. We ask for their life stories, listen to what interests them, look for common interests, receptivity to new ideas, and desire for spiritual growth. In today’s society, there seems to be more hurt than hope and more pain than peace. Teens are looking for answers to their problem sand for a life with real meaning.
The mission of the Nursing Home Ministry is to extend the love of God to those confined to nursing care facilities by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through praise, worship and the preached word. This ministry provides encouragement and support for those caring for the elderly and the infirm in long-term care facilities. We conduct monthly “church services” which are designed to encourage the believers in the facility in their faith in Jesus Christ and to allow others to see Christian fellowship focused on the grace and mercy of the Gospel of our Lord. Our format is simple: we minister through praise and worship and our praise dancers dance like “King David.” We sing familiar and traditional gospel hymns with residents and a short, relevant sermon is shared from the heart.
This Christ-centered ministry help people achieve freedom fro alcoholism, drug abuse, and other life-dominating behaviors. Unlike secular recovery groups, we utilize biblical principles to help people overcome the guilt, frustration, hopelessness, fear and shame associated with these destructive lifestyles. We provide counseling, encouragement, and a substance free life. Our goal is to allow Jesus to become the guiding influence in individuals lives and lead them to deliverance.
Pastor Walter R. Dean
This ministry is operated under the general supervision of the Trustees. It is designed to provide transport service to members of the church to and from Christ-centered activities. It is a ministry of evangelistic outreach to the immediate and larger community in the Hampton/Newport News area. We seek to offer a place to serve God by being an extension of God’s love, ministering to children and their families while providing safe transportation to and from the church.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
171 Semple Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Phone: (757) 865-1480
Fax: (757) 865-0632
Rev. Dr. Walter R. Dean, Pastor
Sis. Ernestine Dean, First Lady
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