Welcome To Scott Street Baptist Church!

"The church with the warm heart and welcome hand"

Dear Everyone,
We have looked through the dictionary and the thesaurus and cannot find words that can remotely express our gratitude to everyone who played a part in the 125th Anniversary Celebration of the Scott Street Baptist Church. It was an awesome weekend.
We were all blessed by the inspiring words and challenges from our keynote speaker Isaac Newton Farris (nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). We are also thankful for Rev. Dr. George Bolden (the former pastor of SSBC) and former First Lady, Geraldine Bolden. Dr. Bolden gave us our marching orders for the next 125 years at our banquet on Saturday. It was a fantastic place to be on the eve of our anniversary as we heard a word from the Lord.
We cannot thank the City of Bluefield and Bluefield State College enough for their cooperation and participation in the rededication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge. Regardless of our faith traditions, we believe that God was honored with all of the inspiring words given by each speaker. The bridge was decorated so beautifully and it was a good day for all Bluefieldians.
We wanted to share this weekend with the City of Bluefield and BSC because of our symbiotic history. Pastor Garry D. Moore, Sr. and Dea. J. Rudolf Brammer have served the the city as mayors. Dr. Leroy Allen served BSC as its President while simultaneously blessing SSBC as its pastor.
Scott Street Baptist Church

(left to right) Mr. Isaac Newton Farris, Mrs. Kimberly Moore, and Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr

Our joy is wrapped up in how we came together. You helped us and we’ll never forget how you blessed us. We cannot praise the Bluefield Police Department, the BSC campus police, the Mercer County Sheriff Department, and the Mercer County detachment of the WV State Police enough for their professionalism and keeping us safe. Thank you Bluefield Daily Telegraph and WVVA for such wonderful coverage of all events and the positive comments about our city and church. We must take the time to also thank the staff of the Chuck Mathena Center. You have a wonderful facility and it is a great asset to our county!
Thank you Senator Bill Cole and Senator Joe Manchin for your proclamations. Your representatives, Jason Crowder and Michael Browning (respectively), blessed us tremendously.
We the members and pastor of the Scott Street Baptist Church thank all of you for such a joyous weekend. No one in history has ever done anything worthwhile without help. We thank you for your support and prayers. We thank you for being a friend of God.
To God be the glory for all the things HE has done. Just remember that God is not finished with any of us yet!
May God Bless and Keep You,
Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr., Pastor
Scott Street Baptist Church

Brief History of the Scott Street Baptist Church

The Scott Street Baptist Church of Bluefield, West Virginia was founded in 1890. It was the first of its kind for African-Americans in the city. The old wooden church burned to the foundation in 1912; however, it was rebuilt in 1914 with brick upon the same foundation. The congregation has had 18 pastors in its 123 year history. Therefore, each pastor has built upon the same foundation which began in Jesus the Christ. The mission is the identical mission which Jesus Christ gave his disciples; “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB). Right now, we may not be a big thing, but we are still growing and walking in God’s “newness of life.”

Our current pastor is Rev. Garry D. Moore, Sr. originally from Lynchburg, Virginia. He is a graduate of the Virginia Union University School of Theology in Richmond, Virginia. He is married to Kimberly Moore, his wonderful wife of 29 years. They have two awesome children: Kiara Shanté Moore of Charleston, WV (federal probation officer) and Garry (Dexter) Moore, Jr. also of Charleston, a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University (four-year athletic scholarship). Rev. Moore is the founder of the Family Life Opportunity Center, Inc. (FLOC) which was incorporated on January 18, 2005. This outreach initiative is the catalyst for transformative living in our community. The mission of FLOC is implied in its acronym. FLOC’s acronym stands for its mission statement, as well as depicts the outcomes, values, and spirit of the initiative.

F – to maintain FAMILIES and help them to be resilient enough to face the challenges and issues which plague our society.

Ephesians 5:21-6:1-4; Matthew 12:50

L – to offer God’s LOVE and respect for all humanity, which offers a network of comfort.

I Corinthians 13:1-13

O – to provide OPPORTUNITIES for people to choose positive lifestyle changes.

Joshua 24:15; I Kings 18:21

C – to CULTIVATE and CHALLENGE the Divine attributes in each individual that may have gone malnourished and dormant in all age groups.

Matthew 1:18-25

A special message from Rev. Garry Moore


Dear Co-Laborers, Family and Friends of Scott Street Baptist Church,

We greet you in the Joy of the Lord!  Thank you for the support and prayers that you have already given to this ministry.  God is blessing us right now as we live out the promise and vision of the church that Jesus Christ gave His disciples in Matthew 16:18.  Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  When Jesus said, “I will build my church,” Jesus had a vision of what His organism (body) would become under Holy Ghost influence.  And, when Jesus said, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” He promised a covenant present protection that would allow us to boldly and confidently execute His work in the world.

Jesus also gave us the power source for this work that has begun in us.  Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the utter most part of the earth.”

Jesus had a vision of what the church would become when He said it.  It was his legacy.  Jesus gave His church the mission of what it was supposed to do in the world.  Matthew 28:19-20 says; “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, AMEN”


And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Luke 6:31

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Romans 12:9

And the second is like, namely this * , Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Mark 12:31

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Ephesians 4:2