Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Perrine officially will install Rev. Jeremy H. Upton as its new senior pastor in special installation ceremonies on Sunday, Oct. 3.
Installation ceremonies on Oct. 3 will take place during three services beginning at 7:30 a.m. with Dr. Craig Melvin Smith, senior pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Chicago, IL, serving as the guest speaker. At 11 a.m., Pastor Denny D. Davis of St. John Church in Grand Prairie, TX, will deliver the sermon.
The celebration will culminate at 6:30 p.m. with Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA, officiating the installation ceremony. All activities will take place at Sweet Home, 10701 SW 184 St. in Perrine. For more information on the installation, call 305-251-5753.
Rev. Upton is a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College and a cum laude graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, earning a master’s degree in theology, with a concentration in pastoral leadership.
In addition, he studied at Carver Bible College (Atlanta, GA) and New Orleans Baptist Seminary (New Orleans, LA). In the summer of 2007, he completed postgraduate study in preaching at Oxford University in England.
Rev. Upton was licensed to the ministry in 1998 by Bishop Eddie L. Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, GA. Rev. Upton served at New Birth for four years in various full-time in capacities including administrator of Bishop Eddie L. Long Ministries, special assistant to Bishop Long and middle school/assistant youth pastor.
Rev. Upton moved on to St. John Church in Grand Prairie and South Lake Texas, where he was ordained under St. John’s senior pastor, Dr. Denny D. Davis. Upton served at St. John for eight years as executive pastor and preaching assistant.
In 2008, Rev. Upton returned to New Birth where he served as chief ministry officer until April of this year when he accepted the call to become Sweet Home’s fourth senior pastor, following the retirement of Dr. Walter T. Richardson, who served the church for 26 years.
Under the vision of “Building the House, Advancing the Kingdom,” Rev. Upton continues to serve God in his generation and to make a positive impact for the Kingdom of God in the community.
Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1952. Sweet Home holds worship services every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and bible study every Wednesday at 7 p.m.