George Leile – Jamaica; served 1782 to 1828

George Leile was born a slave in Virginia around 1750. He was led to Christ in 1774 in the church where his master, Mr. Sharpe, was a deacon. In 1778, Liele went to Savannah Georgia where he became the founding pastor of the First African Baptist Church – the very first permanent church building in … Continue reading George Leile – Jamaica; served 1782 to 1828

Montrose and Anna Waite – Liberia, Sierra Leone; served 31 years

Montrose Waite and his wife Anna were Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) missionaries to Liberia and Sierra Leone.  He was born in Jamaica in 1893, but became a naturalized American citizen.  He graduated from Nyack College in 1917 and three years later sailed for Sierra Leone.  He married Anna and they had seven children — all … Continue reading Montrose and Anna Waite – Liberia, Sierra Leone; served 31 years

Reverend Prince Williams – Bahamas Islands; served 50 years

Rev. Prince Williams was an escaped slave from South Carolina – he fled to St. Augustine Florida.  He was the first African-American Baptist missionary to the Bahama Islands. He left Saint Augustine, FL, around 1790 headed for Nassau.  On August 1, 1790, he obtained land and ground breaking ceremonies for Bethel’s Meeting House commenced on Monday, … Continue reading Reverend Prince Williams – Bahamas Islands; served 50 years

Amanda Berry Smith – Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Liberia; served for 8 years

Evangelist and missionary Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915) became well known for her beautiful voice and inspired teaching and hence, opportunities to evangelize in the South and West opened up for her. In 1876, she was invited to speak and sing in England and to travel in a first class cabin provided by her friends. The … Continue reading Amanda Berry Smith – Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Liberia; served for 8 years