A very Brief History of Friendship Baptist Church

Friendship Baptist Church began as Lauder Baptist Mission. The Lauder Mission was started as a mission of First Baptist Church, Mexico with the stated purpose of reaching the community of Rivers Addition. At that time the “Mission” met in a small building that still stands at the end of State Road JJ on US Hwy 54. The Louder Mission organized into a church after about 2 years and moved to Friendship Drive and was renamed Friendship Baptist Church. Some difficulties included church members becoming stuck as a basement was being dug by hand under the building, - when a huge amount of rain fell during he basement project. It was a grand time as the church grew in number and decided to relocate again in the early 1960's to its present location (4500 E. Liberty -[US Hwy 54]) which is only 2 blocks from the location of the original “Mission” and only 3 blocks due north of the building used to house the first organized church.
Friendship has had several pastors. Our founding  pastor, Rev. Bill Gorrell is now retired and lives in St. Louis, MO. Some notable pastors have served us including Rev. Bob Kennison, who later became the head of the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home in Bridgeton, MO (now retired), Rev. Les Elam, pastor when the present building was built and the congregation began meeting in its present location, 4500 East Liberty (US Highway 54).  The late Rev Marvin Jones was our pastor for 23 years. Marvin was with us when we built the parsonage at the south west edge of the parking lot. Rev. Gary Thomas left us to pursue missions in Alaska, Rev. John Crowley, (only here a few years) and left us due physical injuries suffered from an automobile accident, Rev. Craig Stevens, now deceased, was with us for 11 years. Our present pastor, Bro. Glenn Forman came to us January, 2005. He served as our interim from January 2005 until and was led to become our pastor in October of 2005.
Through the years we have taken church and youth mission trips to various places including; Old Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado and Montana.
Presently we are working to become more effective in fullfilling our Lord's mandate to reach our community, the surrounding area, our state, out Nation and the world with the Gospel.
  July 2018  
Upcoming Events


Sunday School
9:30 AM
Bible study for all ages in interactive classes.
Morning Worship
10:45 AM
A welcoming congregation meets together for joyfuil worship through prayer, singing and the receipt of tithes and offerings. Special music is provided each week by members of the congregation. The pastor brings a dynamic sermon straight from the Bible every Sunday.
RA's and GA's Led by Mrs. Valory Wright
6:00 PM
Missions Education opportunity for Boys and Girls from 1st grade through 6th grade
Evening Worship
6:00 PM
Old fashioned singing from the Baptist Hymnal and solid Bible preaching from the King James Version of the Bible.


Midweek Service
7:00 PM
Prayer meeting each week.
Choir rehersal follows midweek service each week.
Patch the Pirate Club
7:00 PM
Children age 3-12 receive scripture memory training and a solid Bible lesson each Wednesday at 7 PM.
Youth Group
7:00 PM
Bible study and Bible activities led by Bro. Ron Schott assisted by Bro. Alan Larson.
Bible Search
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