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Vision Statement

One body mobilized to reach the world for Christ.

Value Statement

  1. Devoted to Scriptual Integrity.
  2. Dedicated to developing a culture of Prayer.
  3. Commited to Excellence.
  4. Love is the driving force in all we do.

Purpose Statement

We exist To Love God, Love People, Reach People and Teach People to impact the world with the gospel.

The Essentials We Believe


God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22;
Psalm 90:2;
Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2;
2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4;
Romans 1:3,4;Acts 1:9-11; 1Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17;
Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13;
Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

Historical Sketch

Saint John Missionary Baptist Church had its beginning the third Sunday in March 1898. The founders were the late Rev. C.J. Smith and Rev. Bostrick, a white minister. At that time, Rev. Smith was the president of the Progressive Baptist State Convention.

The house in which the organization of St. John took place was donated by an old white gentleman known to all as Captain Towels. Some of the first members that met in the donated house were:
Brother Welcome Baker, Sister Cydia Baker, Brother Sam Hall, Sister Doreas Hall, Brother James Robinson, Sister Mary Kelsey, Brother Pink White MORE

Historical Events:

1964 Under the pastorate of Rev. R.C. Lewter, a sixteen-foot extension was added to both sides of the church to make the building larger.

1965 The building of the church structure continued in 1965 when the back part of the church was added. In 1968, the Annex (now known as the Fellowship Hall) was built.

1968 A red and white bus was our first mode of transportation to pick up children all over

1969 Fort Myers and used for our Outreach Ministry.

1974 we bought a Parsonage at 3002 Second Street.

1977 we burned the Mortgage of the Annex.

1980 we paid off the mortgage on the Parsonage.

1986 St. John First Missionary Baptist Church became incorporated.

1995 the first time in our church history, women were voted as members of the Board of Directors.

1996 an Educational Building was added to the church.

1998 the church witnessed its second mortgage burning, in paying off the Educational Bldg.

2008 first Deacon Emeritus was appointed.

2009 purchased the property located at 2929 Price St.

2010 renovation of sanctuary including bathrooms.

2012 the church unveiled our new website which is www.stjohnfirstmbc.org.

Senior Pastor

Dr. Leon Williams

Dr. Leon Williams was born June 12, 1956 and received his early education in Immokalee, FL. Immediately after high school, Leon attended Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting. Since that time God has blessed him with a lovely wife, Laura Williams and three children, Tikini, Labrente and Adasia. On December 20, 1987 he accepted Christ and became a member of Allen Chapel AME Church in Immokalee and he later moved his membership to Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church in 1998. In June of 1990 he was licensed as a Baptist preacher. In 1993 he was ordained and installed as Pastor of Unity Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Naples where he served for 20 years. During his tenure he received a Masters of Theology, Masters of Pastoral Arts, Masters of Divinity in Professional Studies and a Doctorate of Theology from Florida Baptist College and Seminary and he is currently a student in the Doctoral program at Liberty University. Dr. Williams has a great love for the Lord and that love and obedience brought him to St. John First Missionary Baptist Church, Inc. on July 1, 2013 where he serves as Senior Pastor.


April 2016:

03-Holy Communion (both services)

05-Leadership Quarterly Meeting 6:30 p.m.

06-Prayer Mtg, Bible Study, Youth Church 7:00

10-Deacons Ordination 10:00 a.m.

13-Junior Financial Officer Training 6:00 pm

13-Prayer Mtg, Bible Study, Youth Church 7:00

16-Willing Workers Meeting 2:00 p.m.

19-Employee Meeting 6:00 p.m.

20-Prayer Mtg, Bible Study, Youth Church 7:00

23-Willing Workers Hat-i-tude Tea 12:00 p.m.

27-St. John at Immokalee Baptist Church 7:00

27-Administrative Professionals Day

May 2016:

01-Baptism & Holy Communion

04-Prayer Mtg, Bible Study, Youth Church 7:00

05/06- Music & Performing Arts Leadership Training

08-Mother’s Day

11-Prayer Mtg, Bible Study, Youth Church 7:00

18/20-Spring Revival w/ Pastor Alphonso Jackson

25-Prayer Mtg, Bible Study, Youth Church 7:00

30-Memorial Day – Office is Closed