In February of 1952, Sweet Home was organized by seven Deacons and several area ministers. With materials donated by members, the first building was constructed in the latter part of 1952. One of the original twenty-one founders submitted the name “Sweet Home” and it was quickly embraced by all. The first Pastor, Reverend Elzie King, was called and served in that capacity for twenty-two years.
In the fall of 1975, Reverend James Allen was called as the second Pastor, and he served for eight years.
By October of 1983, the church had called its third pastor, Rev. Walter T. Richardson . Under his leadership the membership continued to grow and plans were erected for a larger sanctuary.
After tremendous membership growth, the church began negotiations to purchase 21 acres of land and in the fall of 1997, the prime comer property located at Eureka Drive and SW 107th Avenue was acquired.
In 2010, after the retirement of Dr. Richardson, Sweet Home underwent yet another transition. After an extensive and lengthy search, Pastor Jeremy Upton was selected to take the mantel as Pastor for the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Upton led the church to a new level of community involvement and evangelism, with an emphasis on strong Pastoral leadership. Though his tenure was brief, he brought awareness to the congregation on the importance of our multigenerational make-up and the need to minister to all.
In May 2013, the congregation of Sweet Home overwhelmingly expressed their desire to have Reverend Theo Johnson serve as their fifth Pastor. Under his courageous and spiritual leadership Sweet Home remains committed to the service of God and the teaching of His Word. Pastor Johnson’s mission is to preach and teach the uncompromised word of God, in a relevant and practical way. He strives (daily) to develop and train disciples, all while engaging and evangelizing the “un-churched” and unsaved community for Christ. Into the twenty-first century, the members of Sweet Home will continue its endeavor to grow in love, in worship and in faith.