Dr. Samuel Reeves, Pastor of Providence Baptist Church, Monrovia, Liberia, will be our pulpit guest in all three English language services on Sunday, September 9. Providence Baptist was constituted in 1821 in the Richmond parlor of William Crane, one of the two founders of Second Baptist Church. Crane had been the teacher of Rev. Lott Carey and Rev. Collin Teague, freedmen who studied the Bible, missions, reading, writing and arithmetic in Crane’s school for African-Americans. Crane convinced the Triennial Convention to financially support Carey and Teague as missionaries to West Africa. They became the founders of the nation of Liberia. Providence Baptist became the first Christian Church in  Liberia (1822) and the mother church of most of the other Baptist congregations in that country. Dr. Reeves, a native of Liberia, is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D. Min.) and has pastored in Michigan. We are delighted to welcome him and to reconnect with this part of our history, which is still a strategic congregation in West Africa.