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Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church
About Us

Service Times

8:00 a.m. Early Morning Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

10:45 a.m. Morning Worship

6:00 p.m. Adult Wednesday Bible Study

5:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Children/Youth Wednesday Services

Map and Directions

1126 Harrison Street
Paducah, KY 42001
phone: (270) 442-8946

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Church Staff

What We Believe

Statement of Belief

We believe in the True God ­ the Eternally Self-Existent, “I AM”, the Creator of heaven and earth and Redeemer of mankind manifested in three persons; Almighty Father, Divine Son and Holy Ghost.

Genesis 1:1, John 5:7, John 1:1, 4:24, Matthew 10:20, II Corinthians 3:17-18

We believe in the Bible as the inspired, infallible Word of God, inerrant in the original autographs and the only rule of faith, guide for practice and indisputable and ultimate authority of the Revelation of God, His Will and His Way.

II Timothy 3:16-17, Psalms 19:7-11, 2 Peter 1:16-21

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, the incarnation of the Father, born of a virgin, very God of every God for, and by whom all things were created.

I John 1:1-10

We believe in the substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, that He, by the grace of God tasted death for every man and that all must be born again through faith in Him or are forever lost. Redemption is accomplished by the cross and blood of our Lord. Jesus Christ, by grace through faith, believing in the heart that God raised Him from the dead. Salvation is by Jesus Christ and none other for God has highly exalted Him and given a name, which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, earth and those under the earth. We further believe that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.

Hebrews 2:9, John 3:1-18, John 6:44-49, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9, Philippians 2:9-11

We believe in the physical resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that He ascended bodily into the heaven and is now at the right hand of the Father as our Mediator, High Priest and Advocate.

Acts 3:12-26, John 20, Hebrews 9:24, I Corinthians 15:12-28

We believe in water baptism and Holy Communion ­ The Lord’s Supper as the ordinances of the church to be observed as public declaration of salvation through Jesus Christ and the commemoration of His death, burial and resurrection in victory over satan, death, hell and the grave.

Matthew 3:11,14, 26:26-29, Luke 22:17-23

We believe in the personal, visible, imminent return of Jesus Christ both for His Saints and with His Saints in reign to victory.

I Thessalonians 4:13-18, Corinthians 15:50-55, Revelation 19:19-20, 20:1-6

We believe in the authority of the believer over the enemy satan and the victory to be gained by the exercise of that authority in the areas of deliverance, healing and holiness.

Ephesians 1:20-23, 6:10-7

We believe in the personality and reality of satan as the enemy of the Kingdom of God, Saints of God and of the Lord; and in his ultimate defeat by the Lord Jesus Christ and potential defeat in the lives of spirit filled believers clothed in the Armor of God.

Revelation 12:9-10, Matthew 4:2-11, Isaiah 14:12-17, John 8

We believe in the autonomy of the local church as an independent entity with regard to matters of government, polity operation and discipline.

I Corinthians 5:5, II Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15, Acts 11:22, Titus 1:5

Meet Our First Lady

Mrs. Janice Hudson is First Lady at Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky. Sister Hudson has been serving in ministry most of her life. Prior to coming to Paducah she was Co-director of the Women’s Ministry at Morning Star Baptist Church in Kankakee, Illinois, a member of the adult choir and taught New Membership classes. She was an Intercessor, as well as, intake Commitment Coach.

At Harrison Street Sister Hudson continues to work out her soul salvation. She has served as Co-director of The Women’s Ministry, she sings in the adult choir and praise team, is a Sunday School teacher and she is an Intercessor and a Commitment Coach. She is active with the Marriage Ministry and a mentor to many of the young ladies at Harrison Street, as well as, Murray State University. Sister Hudson is also very active with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Sister Hudson loves to help women reach their full potential in God.

Her favorite scripture is Lamentations 3:22-23

”(22) It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Hudson

Dr. James L. Hudson, Pastor of Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church, is all about building and advancing the Kingdom of God. God has ordered his steps as a dynamic teacher and preacher. Pastor Hudson is committed to developing mature believers to understand God’s purpose and plan for their life. He was sent by God so the people of Harrison Street can fulfill God’s mission for His church, which is “to exemplify the love of Christ to everyone, evangelize to the lost and empower all believers to become spiritually mature.”

James Hudson, a native of Kankakee, Illinois, has served as the Minister of Music, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Director of Christian Education, and Assistant Pastor at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Kankakee, Illinois. From 1979 until 2004, he worked in the Kankakee School District. He held positions of high school english teacher, director of Annual Black History Program, Principal, Director of Professional Development, grant writer, and hearing officer.

Upon completion of a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University, Master of Science from Illinois State University, and a Master of Education from Governor’s State University, Hudson continued to seek the will of God for his life. It was not until Pastor Hudson accepted his assignment at the Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky that he truly believed he was in the center of God’s will. Pastor Hudson has completed his Doctorate of Ministry Programs from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Since the beginning of his tenure, Harrison Street has been actively engaged in “A Spirit of Renewal.” He as overseen the complete renovation of the church and offices and increased the annual budget by more than 50 percent. Now, he is eager to bring into fruition the vision God has for this ministry.

Equipping the saints of God for work in ministry has been a passion for Pastor Hudson. He has led intense studies on such classes as: Stewardship, Flesh and Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, Forgiveness, Worship, Baptism, When Godly People do Ungodly Things, Ungodly Soul Ties, and Healing for Damaged Emotions. Pastor Hudson is adamant about ministering holistically to the children. Fourth Sunday worship services are tailored directly to connect the interest of the youth and children, especially the sermons. In 1988, James Hudson married the love of his life, the former, Janice Olevia Parks of Grenada Mississippi.

They have been blessed with three wonderful sons, Phillip, Ryan, and Troy; two grandchildren, Sharras and Carter; but are spiritual mentors to many.

About Us

Harrison Street Missionary Baptist Church was born from a need of a Baptist Church for the people of color on the North side of Paducah. This need became apparent to the Rev. George Dupee, the Pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church in 1877. Rev. Dupee and other members of the Washington Street Baptist Church began conducting what they called the “Need More Mission” on the North side. When the mission had developed Rev. Dupee called Rev. Tyler for the first leader of the “Need More Mission”. Rev. Tyler was Pastor from 1887 -1889. From 1889 -1894 Rev. J.S. Candor led the flock.

From 1894-1907 Rev. W.F. Ward became the pastor of this now established flock, and in 1898 the group transformed a two room house into a church and changed the name from “Need More” to First Ward Church.

In 1907 the church was destroyed by fire. A call was extended to the Rev. J.O. Griffin and with the help of devoted christians a new structure was built.

History of Pastors

Rev. J. O. Griffin

Rev. E. W. Hawthorne

Rev. G. Ivory

Rev. A. M. Samuels

Rev. P D. Dennis

Rev. J. M. Stevenson

Rev. L. F. Burton

Rev. W. G. Harvey

Rev. Edward Ballard

Rev. Marion Daniels

Pastor James Lee Hudson