Hope’s Beacon Baptist Church (HBBC) was founded in the Spring of 2020 by its pastor, Rev. Dr. Malcolm T. Byrd. Dr. Byrd is a former long-term resident and still homeowner in the neighborhood of Carroll Park, situated in the Overbrook community of West Philadelphia. He attended neighborhood schools [Hanna, Shoemaker, and Overbrook].
He was introduced to the Lord by his mother and grandparents. He was saved and baptized at the Monumental Baptist church where he matured in faith and devotion. As a young adult Malcolm was attracted to the ministry of the First Corinthian Baptist Church where he experienced the Call to lay ministry, Christian service, and witness for approximately twenty years. It was here where Malcolm received the divine Call to vocational Gospel ministry (Though at the time he was only partially cooperative with the Holy Spirit).
During his preparation and journey toward vocational ministry, Malcolm was blessed to affiliate with the Sharon Baptist Church for five years and the subsequent reaffiliation with the church of his childhood and young adulthood, Monumental Baptist Church. Here he was licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry by Rev. Dr. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr. During this period of preparation and further sanctification he served on the staff of the Monumental church as an Associate Minister for eight years. Since 2017, Rev. Byrd has served as an Associate Minister with the Zion Hill Baptist Church and concluded his service as Pulpit Supply Minister at the Cathedral of Praise Community Church at the end of 2020
Dr. Byrd acquired his formal theological and ministry education at the Eastern Baptist/Palmer Theological Seminary. There he earned the Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. Dr. Byrd has also most recently served as an Associate Minister and Pulpit Supply at the Zion Hill Baptist and Cathedral of Praise Community churches, respectively. He is affiliated with the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity; Evening Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference and Vicinity; West Philadelphia Ministers Forum and; Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity. Dr. Byrd is also blessed to serve on the Adjunct faculties of both Eastern University and Lancaster Bible College where he teaches undergraduate courses. Dr. Byrd is also a member of the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.
Further, Dr. Byrd is a retired public administrator having served in city government for nearly thirty years followed by a four-year tenure as a senior manager with a global Christian ministry. In addition to seminary training, he earned both Bachelor and Master of Education degrees from Antioch University. He also earned a Master of Governmental Administration degree at the renown Fels School of Government of the University of Pennsylvania.
Rev. Byrd has received numerous awards and recognitions for his civic, community and ministry service. Presently he serves as the President of NewCORE, a nonprofit organization committed to racial understanding through conversation. He is also the founder and CEO of Forum Philly, a social welfare and advocacy organization, committed to growing the Equity, respecting the Dignity, and honoring the Significance of African Americans and our cause.
When people know that they possess measurable spiritual relevance and durable religious faith, attended to by a caring pastoral ministry team, their life outlook and experiences are demonstrably more positive toward and socially strengthening of the spaces they occupy. Spiritually fed and supported people help establish, practice, and reinforce moral and ethical norms for families and stakeholders of our various contexts. When spiritually nourished and vibrant; residents and stakeholders invest religious assets, prayer and other spiritual disciplines in the positive care and sustaining of social and spiritual life of others. HBBC's Hope filled leaders include:
Pastoral Advisory Team (PAT) populated with highly respected and effective Christian leaders including retired and still serving distinguished pastors, and a legal expert. Among these leaders are, former Philadelphia Mayor Rev. Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., First Baptist Church of Paschall; Rev. Dr. Albert F. Campbell, Sr., Pastor Emeritus, Mount Carmel Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Gus Roman, Pastor Emeritus, Canaan Baptist Church; Rev. Dr. Charles McNeil, Sr., Senior Pastor, Grace Temple Baptist Church; Rev. Zachary Ritvalsky, Senior Pastor, Sweet Union Baptist Church; Col. Rev. Quincy Hobbs, Jr. , Senior Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church and; Mr. Michael Adams, Administrator, Christian Legal Clinics-Philadelphia. This PAT is consultative and provides guidance and consultation PRN to the HBBC pastor on pastoral, ministry, governance and ecclesiastical development and sustainment matters.
Board of Trustees (BOT) Responsible for church governance and administration. The Board of Trustees is populated with experienced leaders serving in government, social welfare, cultural, and community service organizations. Among these accomplished leaders are Dr. Malcolm T. Byrd, Board Chairman; Ms. Nyree N. Bright, Board Treasurer and Mr. Gerald W. Bright, jr., Board Secretary, all possessing graduate degrees in theology, administration and the sciences and combined fifty plus years of leadership, government administration and effective community services .
Ministry Team (MT) The Ministry Team is responsible for the development and sustaining of pastoral and ministerial effectiveness lead by pastor Byrd and coordinated by Minister Autumn Merrill and Minister Clinton and Mrs. Mary Copper, each possessing a combined thirty years of practical denominational ministry service and advanced theological training.
Operations Team (OT)
Mrs. Kathleen Bright, Administrator; Mr. Gerald Bright, Sr. Director of Facilities . Both in possession of decades of professional service in government and health care and years of dedicated Christian Service. Through their leadership and expertise they guide and facilitate critical operations for the functioning and consistency of ministry
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So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Cor. 9:7
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