Sharon Baptist Church will host an anniversary celebration for Bishop Dr. Keith W. Reed Sr. on Saturday May 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.
Sharon Baptist Church was founded in June 1934, with fewer than ten people who believed God and a visionary named Rev. Charles H. Bernard. For three years, the people borrowed space to worship and continued to trust the Lord for a permanent home. Change was a regular occurrence for first 12 years of Sharon’s existence, but the people remained faithful. In October 1947, God gave Sharon a pastor, Rev. Phillip M. King, who would lead the people for the next 34 years. During his tenure the church paid off its debts, purchased new property and paid off debt again.
Sharon was about 48 years old when it met a man that would lead God’s people with God’s Word into the future. In January 1982, Keith Wayne Reed Sr. changed the mission of Sharon Baptist Church. He declared that the church would use the Bible and focus on three things — evangelizing the lost, edifying the saints and exalting the Savior. From 1982 to 1997, the church grew from 280 members to more than 2000.
In September 1999, the church moved into its new sanctuary.
As a result of philanthropic thinking and commitment, Sharon Baptist Church invested over 4.1 million dollars in a brand new community center in Southwest Philadelphia, subsequent to a fire destroying the original church headquarters. Instead of rebuilding another church in Southwest, Bishop Reed wanted to revitalize the community and provide the youth, church members and neighbours a place for learning, fun and fellowship.
Sharon Baptist Church is excited about 30 years of service to our community and beyond.
We look forward to working with all stakeholders to complement the city’s continued growth and revitalization.