The bright red carpet catches the eyes of anyone who walks into Galilee Missionary Baptist Church’s sanctuary, but the voices of the 10-person choir and the inspirational sermon keep them coming back to this house of worship.
Located in the heart of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, on Aug. 21, the church began the third pastoral anniversary celebration of Pastor Fitzhugh Lyons Jr. Guest preacher Bishop Victor Couzens of Inspirational Baptist Church in Cincinnati gave the sermon and members worshiped along with him.
This will be Lyons’ first anniversary without his father, Rev. Fitzhugh Lyons Sr., who died in 2021.
“Unfortunately, my father is not here, but his spirit is,” Lyons said in an interview. “I am honored to be able to follow him and continue the legacy he left for our Galilee family.”
The Baptist church’s name derives from the Galilee region in Israel, the area where Jesus grew up. Jesus spent much of his time and performed a lot of his miracles in the region.
While Galilee will honor its pastor, Lyons made sure to acknowledge member Terrence Lacy for 30 years of working as a drug and alcohol counselor at Community North Fairbanks Recovery Center.
Over the years he has worked with teens and adults struggling with addiction and taught them better coping mechanisms.
“I am happy and overjoyed, just grateful and thankful for everybody who has been a part of me,” Lacy said. “Always honor those who came before you and acknowledge what they’ve done for you. Most definitely all honor goes to God.”
During Sunday service Aug. 28, Galilee will host Pastor David Bacon and the New Vision Missionary Baptist Church congregation to help honor Lyons. The service begins at 11:15 a.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 2624 E. 25th St.
Contact religion reporter Abriana Herron at 317-924-5243. Follow her on Twitter @Abri_onyai. Herron is a Report for America corps member and writes about the role of Black churches in the community.