Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church has been home to generations of Christians on the South Side of Chicago. Since her first congregation formed in 1902, Ebenezer's prominence in the heart of the Bronzeville community has been unparalleled. During the Great Migration of the 1900s, scores of blacks who transferred to Chicago from the South settled in Bronzeville and made Ebenezer their church home.
Throughout the years, Ebenezer developed a reputation as a center for gospel music. Thomas Dorsey, the father of gospel music, introduced his blend of Christian praise and blues at Ebenezer and started the first gospel choir here.
The pulpit and pews of Ebenezer have hosted its share of historical politicians, ministers and vocal artists. During the 30-year pastorate of Rev. Frank K.Sims, distinguished guests of our church included Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Metcalfe, Adam Clayton Powell and Mahalia Jackson.
In the 21st century, Ebenezer is building her future as she celebrates her past.