The Kadesh Missionary Baptist Church was founded on a vision, determination, prayer, and faith in God. This vision was that of our founder, the late Rev. Dr. James H. Williams, Jr. In 1977, Pastor Williams, along with a hand full of faithful members left Aijalon Baptist Church and set out to form a church of refuge. Services were briefly held at the Stinson Funeral Home.
Upon being Blessed by God, the purchase of a Holy place was realized at 12000 Grand River Avenue in Detroit, and bore the name “Kadesh”, which means Holy Place, a place of refuge. Under the leadership of this pastor, the church was led to grow on.
On April 11, 1982, Pastor Williams made his transition from life to glory. But that didn’t stop the growth of Kadesh. Following the death of Pastor Williams, Rev. Gregory Lewis Foster, Sr. became our pastor. Under his leadership, the church was able to burn the mortgage in December of 1984.
With the Blessing of the Lord, the church grew and we relocated to 14500 Greenfield on September 29, 1985. We were able to burn the mortgage in July of 1993.
Because of the blessings of the Lord, Kadesh expanded to two worship services. In January 1994, Kadesh was able to accommodate the youth of Kadesh by starting a Youth Church. As God continued to bless, a larger facility was required to minister to the community and our church family. We expanded physically and spiritually. With this growth, it enabled the membership body to experience all the gifts of the Holy Spirit which the Lord has provided, and see to the needs of our young and elderly membership, and the community.
Late in the year 2000, our Pastor was given a vision that would again move Kadesh to another level. God blessed us with our current location on Plymouth Road. Our new edifice has a 2,000 seat sanctuary, fellowship hall, multiple classrooms, and a chapel. We have the opportunity to minister to the people in our neighborhood while continuing to serve our growing congregation. With this we thank our Lord and Savior and pray that He will continue to lead us with his blessings.
Kadesh Mission Statement
Together we will: Educate ourselves
Together we will: Evangelize the lost
Together we will: Reach out to the needy
Together we will: Worship our God
Kadesh Vision Statement
The Kadesh Baptist Church, as a Holy Place of God, pledges to be:
† a center of Christian Education. We will equip every believer for ministry by teaching the unadulterated truth of Christ’s saving power; and while doing so, help both the young and old discover and apply the gifts and talents God has entrusted to them.
† a center of Civil Outreach. We will reach our city, our nation and our world with dignified outreach; providing a safe haven where the hurting and disenfranchised can find forgiveness, support, and wise counsel.
† a center of Evangelism. We will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ humbly, boldly and passionately with the lost through God’s wisdom and strength to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
† a center of Worship. We will be a welcoming community that values diversity while offering a dynamic, life-changing worship and praise experience.
Five Areas of Involvement
1. Consistent Givers are those who give regularly and sacrificially to the church by being dependable even when absent; “to give cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations”
2 Cor 9:6-8But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
2. Ministry Workers are those who give their time and talents faithfully to serve as an usher, as a choir member, as a youth worker, etc. . .
Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
3. Consistent Worshippers are those who are loyal and devoted in their attendance.
John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
4. Lifelong Learners are those who are dedicated to furthering their Christian Education by attending Sunday school, Bible class, Greater Excellence Ministry School (GEMS), etc.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
5. Soul Winners are those who are zealous in their efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior by evangelizing their families, friends, and the lost.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.