“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Welcome to Peace Missionary Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina! Peace’s history reminds us that we all start small and grow in the grace of God. Our history cautions us to remain humble, reminding us that it is His grace that has brought us a mighty long way. Our history also reminds us that in the face of difficult odds, the Lord will provide what you need to grow and prosper. Finally, our history reminds us that only when we come together as a family of believers can we truly find Peace. On July 23, 1974 God in His divine providence allowed Reverend William E. Daye to separate from Ebenezer Baptist Church. Any discouragement he experienced did not hinder the call upon his life. As Jeremiah 3:15 states “Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”
Just two days later Rev. Daye and 19 former members of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Nora M. Daye, Weldon Alston, Charles Dunham, A.O. Grady, Laura Grady, Henry Hubbard, Della Hubbard, Joseph Jones, Jr., Barbara Jones, L.S. Knox, Gladys Knox, James Shipman, Juanita Shipman, Nathaniel Sutton, Pursell Sutton, Ernest Tapp, Gloria Tapp, Junious Waddell and Nannie Waddell, decided that there would be enough members for a worship service that Sunday July 28, 1974. Though several names were suggested for the church, Rev. Daye suggested that the church be named Peace, adding that “church should be a place where God can abide, where strife and confusion cannot override.” The group consented, deciding that the name would be Peace Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Daye was called to be the Pastor, and he gladly accepted the call.
Molding believers, influencing the world
Throughout our history, it was the spirit cooperation, and spiritual dedication that marked Peace Missionary Baptist Church. From its choirs and auxiliaries to Bible Study and Sunday School, Peace has made Christian growth and discipleship the heart of its mission.
We are on a journey of faith together. We depend on the transforming power of God.
We invest in the lives of others. We share each other’s burdens and rejoice in each other’s victories.
We invite the ideas and opinions of others, and we rally together for common goals.
Our goal is to exceed the expectations of those whom we serve.
A place to call home
The Lord provided what Peace needed to take root, first with the purchase of a permanent sanctuary at 1212 East Main Street in December 1974, and then what Peace need to grow with construction of a new sanctuary here on Apex Highway which broke ground in 1994 and was dedicated on July 9, 1995.