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History of Black Oak Baptist Church

January 29, 1939 — First meeting in Community Building on North Colfax Street.  There were 36 in attendance.

March 19, 1939 — The Black Oak Baptist Church was constituted.  The Constitution was read and adopted.  Nine members came by letters.  Nine came by relationship, making a total of 18 charter members.  The church received three as candidates for baptism.  Services were held in the Community Building on Colfax Street.  Bro. Durwood Humble was the first Sunday School superintendent.

The church called Rev. Leonard Cole as pastor.  The vote was unanimous.  Rev. Leonard Cole served as first pastor of the Black Oak Baptist Church.

March 28, 1939 — First Sunday School organized.  Officers elected.

April 13, 1939 — First regular business meeting.  Treasurer's report - $29.52 in Sunday School treasury when organized.

July 31, 1939 — Business meeting held for the purpose of affiliating with Illinois Baptist Association.

November 27, 1939 — Special business meeting was held.  Motion made to buy lots on north side of 25th Streeth for church building.  Church voted to buy the lot on the north side of 25th and Hobart Street.

December 1939 — Church incorporated and is to be registered.  Membership increased from 18 to 47.

May 31, 1940 — Special business meeting to build a church building 30' wide and 50' long with a full basement.  Motion made and seconded to hire a carpenter to lead in the building.  Wages not to exceed $5.00 per day.  First church loan was $350.

March 31, 1941 — The first building of the Black Oak Baptist Church was dedicated.

March 1942 — First mission started by the church was in Calumet City, IL.

1954 — Plans for new building on west side of Hobart Street.  Plans accepted by the church for a new building on the west side of Hobart Street.  The church made a loan of $30,000 for the building.

May, 1956 — On Mother's Day the second church building was dedicated.

1963 — The new educational building and the bricking of the entire church was dedicated.

March 30, 1981 — Last payment on Black Oak Baptist Church.

May 24, 1981 — Mortgage burning of Black Oak Baptist Church.

1983 — Food Pantry and Clothing Closet was started at Black Oak Baptist Church.

March 2000 — Church received Certificate of Recognition for being one of the leading 25 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 1999-2000.

March 2002 — Church received Certificate of Recognition for being one of the leading 25 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 2001-2002.

October 3, 2002 — Church received C. H. Spurgeon Award from Southern Seminary's Billy Graham School of Evangelism and Church Growth for our Sunday School and small groups.

March 2003 — Church received Certificate of Recognition for being one of the leading 25 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 2002-2003.

October 2003 — Church received C. H. Spurgeon Certificate of Recognition from Southern Seminary's Billy Graham School of Evangelism and Church Growth as a nationwide finalist in worship.

2003-2004 — Church received Certificate of Recognition for being one of the leading 25 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 2003-2004.

June 2004 — Black Oak Baptist Church celebrates 65 years of ministry.

2004-2005 — Church received Certificate of Recognition for being one of the leading 25 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 2004-2005. 

April 7, 2007 — Black Oak Baptist Church receives a certificate of Achievement from Southern Seminary's Billy Graham School of Evangelism and Church Growth for being an effective evangelistic church for two consecutive years.  

February 15, 2012 — Church received Certificate of Recognition for being one of the leading 25 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 2011.

June 2014 — Black Oak Baptist Church celebrates 75 years of ministry.

October 2016 — Black Oak Baptist Church receives plaque in recognition for being in the Top 10 churches in baptisms for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana during 2015.