Our Ministry

The St. John Baptist Church is a 3800 member congregation which sits on a 45 acre campus in downtown Buffalo. Our sanctuary and administrative offices is the main focal point of the campus which also houses our various community developments and corporations. The following developments consist of our McCarley Gardens housing complex which are 150 unit 2, 3 and 4 bedroom tri-level apartments, St. John Tower a 150 unit Senior Citizen unit, The Smith Family Life Center, a 30 thousand square foot activity center for health, education and recreational activities.

In 2003 Dr. Chapman created the St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation. The St. John Fruit Belt Corporation is the producer of our $54 million, single-family, subsidized housing units and town homes and the first stage of restoring the historic Fruit Belt community to a first class neighborhood. Also under construction is the St. John Baptist Hospice Buffalo House. It is an 8-bed hospice complex which will bring palliative care directly to the minority community.

In addition to serving as Pastor of St. John Baptist Church, Dr. Chapman also serves as CEO of the following corporations: McCarley Gardens Housing Corporation, St. John Tower Housing Corporation, St. John Christian Academy, Rev. Bennett W. Smith, Sr., Family Life Center, St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation, St. John Community Development Corporation, St. John Town Homes, L.P., St. John Town Homes Development Corporation, and St. John Town Homes Housing Corporation.

Under the leadership of Dr. Michael Chapman our church Auxiliaries, Ministries and boards have grown to (38) thirty-eight, including (in part) the following: Deacon Ministry, Deaconess Ministry, Trustee Ministry, Board of Christian Education, Christian Men Fellowship, Christian Women Fellowship, Curriculum Development Ministry, Early Morning Prayer, Evangelistic Outreach Ministry, Health Ministry, Audit Ministry, Joint Ushers, Leadership Council, Number One Usher Board, Number Two Usher Board, Male Usher Board, Youth Usher Board, Pastoral Support Ministry, Missionary Ministry, Prison Outreach Ministry, United Mass Choir, Male Chorus, Senior Choir, Youth Choir, Junior Choir, Radio Choir, Singles Ministry, Senior Citizen Fellowship, Sunday School Ministry, Sunflower Club, Youth Church, Tape & Audio Ministry, and Women Auxiliary.

YOUTH MINISTRIES AND ACTIVITIES: There are also various Ministries that involve the participation of our youth. These Ministries and activities are: Youth Church, Youth Bible Study, Junior Choir, Youth and Young Adult Choir, Junior Youth Fellowship, Senior Youth Fellowship, Praise Dance Ministry, Mime Dance Ministry, Recreational and Sports Ministry, Youth Health Ministry, and Youth Volunteer Service.