Tyree Toliver, a native of Preston, Arkansas, served as pastor of
St. John Missionary Baptist Church for 50 years until his retirement
in April, 2007. All existing church projects were under his
1959, the church added classrooms, offices, a choir room, kitchen
and a dining room to accommodate an expanding Sunday School and
Baptist Training Union, and in 1966 the church built and supported a
community mission at 301 Santa Rosa Street in Arvin, California,
which now operates as the Bright Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
1978, the church purchased property at 1300 East Brundage Lane and
within two years physically moved part of the original church and
added to it. The new church had a seating capacity of 740 and
accommodated additional classrooms. The Sunday School and Baptist
Training Union grew to an enrollment of over 1,000.
Eventually, the church expanded to three Sunday Worship Services:
8:00 am, 11:00 am and 7:30 pm and also sponsored a Youth Ministry
and an Adult and Youth Wednesday Night Bible Study.
John Missionary Baptist Church had a Radio Ministry broadcast for
over 35 years on station 1490 KWAC and in 1986 began a Television
Ministry which is still on the air on Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm
to7:00 pm, and Sunday mornings from 6:00 am to 7:00 am and 9:00 am
to 10:00 am.
2000, the church became incorporated as the St. John Missionary
Baptist Church of Bakersfield, California, and soon began
construction on its present facility, which is located at 1401 East
Brundage Lane. The first worship service in the new building was
held on November 3, 2002.
in 2000, Rev. Antonio Alfred joined St. John Baptist Church as an
Associate Minister. He became Director of the Biblical Counseling
Ministry under Dr. Tyree Toliver. Following the home going of Dr.
Toliver in 2008 and an 18 month pastoral search, Rev. Alfred
resigned from NASA as a Program Manager, after 19 years of service,
and became Pastor of the St. John Missionary Baptist Church.
John Missionary Baptist Church currently has a membership of over