Please come join us as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary!

By October 7, 2015Announcements

Saturday, October 10th

6pm: Meet and Greet Reception for Mr. Isaac Newton Farris

(Bluefield State College – Herbert Gallery)

7pm: Anniversary Banquet

(Bluefield State College – Student Union)

Sunday, October 11th 

2pm: 125th Church Anniversary Celebration

(Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV)

Our celebration will begin with a banquet on Saturday, October 10th at Bluefield State College Student Union. Dress for the occasion is semi-formal attire. A “Meet and Greet” reception with Mr. Isaac Newton Farris (nephew of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President and CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia) will proceed the banquet in the Herbert Gallery at 6pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Scott Street Baptist Church 125th Church Anniversary Banquet will begin at 7pm with Rev. George Bolden as our speaker and feature special performances by Gypsy Lewis and our own Ronnell Thompson.

Tickets for the banquet are on sale for a donation of $15.
If you would like to celebrate this momentous occasion with us please contact – Carolyn Williams at (304) 327-6786.

Sunday, October 11th, service will be held at the Chuck Mathena Center at 2pm. Mr. Isaac Newton Farris will be the speaker and guest of honor for our church anniversary service. Dessert and punch will be served following service.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating our many blessings throughout our 125 years of existence!
“To God be the glory for the GREAT things He has done.”

We are honored to announce our speaker and guest of honor for our 125th Anniversary Celebration – Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, nephew of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

October 10th (Saturday)

6pm: “Meet and Greet” Reception at Bluefield State College

October 11th (Sunday)

2pm: 125th Church Anniversary at Chuck Mathena Center


The City of Bluefield will be hosting a Unity Celebration Program/Re-dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge at Bluefield State College on Saturday, October 10th at 2pm. Area clergy and dignitaries will be speaking with Dr. Krotseng (President of Bluefield State College) serving as Mistress of Ceremony. The program will conclude with a march to the bridge and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.

Scott Street Baptist Church

Isaac Newton Farris Jr. nephew of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended his uncle’s alma mater, Morehouse College where he majored in Political Science. Mr. Farris’s background has given him a unique prospective and real life experience on some of the most pressing issues of our times. Growing up in one of America’s most socially and politically active families has provided him with a front row seat, witnessing how policy is formulated and implemented.

Mr. Farris has met and dialogued with countless heads of State, CEOs, religious leaders, academic leaders, and grass roots activists, in addition he has also participated in debates and commentaries for print, radio and television media outlets ranging from CNN, USA Today to WSB radio. In 1984 Mr. Farris got his first hands on experience as a political operative when he served as Georgia Field Coordinator for the Walter Mondale Presidential campaign. A year later he served as Deputy Manager for the reelection of Andrew Young as Mayor of Atlanta.

In 1986 he was campaign manager for Martin Luther King III in his successful bid to become a Fulton County Commissioner. From 1987-1992 he served in executive level positions in government where he was responsible for implementing policy.

In 1992 – 1996 Mr. Farris was tapped to become President and CEO of the Clean Air Industries Inc., a company who was not only involved in environmental clean up but also developed a patent technology which allowed combustion engines of truck, buses, and cars to run on clean burning natural (Methane) gas.

In 1996 Mr. Farris was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and in 2005 he was appointed President and CEO of the King Center and served in that capacity until March 2010. In August 2011 Mr. Farris was elected President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Mr. Farris currently serves as Senior Fellow of the King Center where he continues to write, research and lecture on the life, philosophy and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.