On December 23, 1975, a fire totally destroyed Brooklyn’s Lenox Road Baptist Church. The church’s remarkable 150 -year history dates back to a prayer meeting in Schoonmakers Hall, at 893 Flatbush Avenue, with the first congregation consisting of 18 adults and 29 children.
In 1977, reflecting changing demographics, the first Black pastor was called to serve the Lenox Road church family. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Kirkpatrick Cohall, in service since 1993, focuses on his community through robust programming and events to address food insecurity, childhood education, health education/access, and arts education.
Lenox Road Baptist, now located at 1356 Nostrand Avenue, celebrated its Triple Jubilee culminating with an anniversary gala on October 2, 2022. The joyful occasion included musical performances, celebratory speeches, a commemoration address by Pastor Cohall, and awards presented to the following honorees:
• Dr. Michael A. Wiltshire, a distinguished educator committed to excellence in education in the City of New York
• Dr. Camille A. Clare, a medical practitioner committed to women’s health in the City of New York
• Joan Lewis and Christopher Roberts, owners of The Door Restaurant in Queens, committed to excellent customer service and sustaining Caribbean culture through cuisine and entertainment to New Yorkers.