On August 3, 1979, after much prayer and divine guidance from the Lord, Monument of Faith was organized under the leadership and direction of Rev. Evans Williams in their home at 76 N. Frances St. Pontiac, MI. The Church was given its name by Rev. Williams. At the first meeting, Rev. Williams appointed several people to serve in specific areas. Mary Ann Whitney was asked to serve as secretary, Iola Hillie, Mary J. Jefferson, Gervie Warren, Katherine Lawson, and Jimmy Green were appointed trustees, James McMorris and James Keys were appointed to serve as acting deacons, Willie B. Mastin was asked to serve as church mother and Juliette Amerson was asked to oversee the music department.
With several charter members present and possessing a mind to do a great work for the Lord, the first service was held the very next day, August 4, 1979, at Rev. Williams Home. The spirit moved powerfully in the service and Holy Communion was held. A fellowship dinner followed the service. We were at the North Francis street location for a very short time. We moved to the OIC building on North Saginaw street where the Lord continued to bless the congregation. In January 1980, we moved to the Providence Baptist Church Fellowship building on Bagley Street.
In March 1982, Rev. Williams resigned as pastor of Monument of Faith to relocate to another state and Rev. James H. Keys Sr. was installed as pastor. July of 1984, Monument of Faith moved to 378 Auburn Ave. where the building was purchased and renovated. In 1993, the church purchased property next to the existing building to build a new church. The construction of the new church stated in August of 1994 and was completed in November 1995.
In 2004, God led us to open our daycare, “Children of Faith Preschool Daycare.” We were able to educate children not only in academics, but also about living a life with Christ. In 2008, we were able to lay the cornerstone of our ministry outside in front of the church. In 2010, We released our first Live Recording Cd Titled “Rejoice!”
In February of 2019, we experienced a terrible flood which completely damaged the entire sanctuary and fellowship hall. What we thought was impossible, God had a plan. We were able to upgrade the entire sanctuary with new carpet and chairs. In the midst of that, we were able to purchase a 15-passenger van to help those without transportation. In the fall of 2021, We were able to complete the first phase of our new sound system and in July of 2022, we were able to complete the second phase. In the midst of all of the trials and tribulations, we still believe that GOD is not done with Monument of Faith.
Today, Monument of Faith has a total of 300 plus members on the church roll and is striving to win souls for the Lord.
Willie B. Mastin
W. Jean Dixon
W. Virginia Tolbert
Mary J. Jefferson
Mary Ann Whitney