– Five Founders are Jefferson Yeldell, Annie Mae Yeldell, J.D. Mobley, Lettie Edelmann & J.R. Carter
– Springfield Baptist Church was Organized in Washington, DC 1939
– Springfield Baptist Church was born inside of a store front on 7th Street NW, Washington, DC
– Purchased and relocated to 508 P Street (Formerly Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church), 1941
– Renowned Gospel Singer Edna Gallmon Cooke began her singing ministry at Springfield Baptist Church
The History of Springfield
Three out of five of the founding family’s home church was originally in Edgefield, SC., and it was also named Springfield Baptist Church. Like all travelers to a new place, their goal was to bring a little bit of home to their new place of residence in Washington, D.C.
On November 17, 1939 Jefferson and Annie Mae Yeldell, Mr. J.D. Mobley, Mr. J.R. Carter and Mrs. Lettie Eddleman participated in the devotional services for the organizational meeting of Springfield Baptist Church at the home of Mrs Josie Cheeter. This meeting decided on where the first church would be. The doors of the church opened for the first worship service at 1337-7th Street, NW on November 23, 1939. The first congregation worked together and did whatever necessary to ensure that Springfield would prosper. Reverend Westley Shorter was chosen to serve as acting pastor. He did so until Deacon J. Leech of Southern Baptist Church recommended the Reverend Eddie J. Gallmon to Jefferson D. Yeldell.
Rev. H.C. Mack, who was the assistant to Rev. Gallmon, served as the second pastor for two years immediately after Rev. Gallmon death. During his tenure as pastor he started the live radio broadcast and organized the Ever-Ready Choir.
In 1971 Springfield brought in Pastor L.B. Jones. Pastor Jones holds the record as the longest serving pastor for Springfield Baptist Church. Under his almost 40 year-long administration the building we are currently in was erected and several … more