The Vision is Clear. The Journey
On October 10, 1865 Dr. Henry Martin Tupper and his wife “arrived in
the city of Raleigh, North Carolina with the express purpose of laboring
as missionaries on behalf of the colored people.” In February of 1866,
Second Baptist Church was organized and land was deeded “beginning at
the corner of Blount and Cabarrus Streets running south with Blount Street.” During the early spring, a building was erected to furnish accommodations
for a school and Second Baptist Church.
The Second Baptist Church was demolished in 1912 and a new church erected
and called the Blount Street Baptist Church. In 1940, the name was changed
to Tupper Memorial Baptist Church in honor of its original organizer and
pastor, Dr. Tupper.
From these humble beginnings, two institutions were born: the great Shaw
University and the historic, Tupper Memorial Baptist Church.
Throughout its rich history, Tupper, as it is affectionately known, has
undergone major physical and spiritual growth through the years.
Under the leadership of Dr. H. C. Miller, senior pastor, the ministry
at Tupper has grown by leaps and bounds. Included in this growth are the
establishment of noon-day Bible study, a senior adult ministry, a drama
ministry, new members and spiritual partners classes,
a youth ministry and a variety of other ministries. Weekly worship services
are held each Sunday morning to accommodate the influx of new members and
those who simply come to share in the “Tupper Experience.” The men’s
and the women’s conferences provide additional opportunities for worshipers
to come together and learn more about the Word of God.
We are a busy church, Bible-based and Spirit-led; preaching, teaching
and proclaiming the “good news” of our risen savior Jesus Christ!
Tupper Memorial Baptist Church is affiliated with the General
State Baptist Convention of NC, Wake Baptist Association, American
Baptist Churches, National
Baptist Convention USA and the Lott
Carey Foreign Mission Convention.
At Tupper, you will experience “a blessed combination of genuine worship
and sincere service.”
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“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the
end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20