Staten Island’s Best Dressed: First Central Baptist Church celebrates its 45th anniversary

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Featured in this week’s Staten Island’s Best Dressed are photos from the 45th Anniversary of First Central Baptist Church. The service and reception, themed “Standing Strong with Jesus,” were held on Nov. 29 at 117 Wright Street/Rev. Dr. Calvin Rice Pl., on Staten Island.

On hand were FCBP Pastor Demetrius Carolina, City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who provided certificates of acknowledgment from his office, and honored guest Bishop Calvin Rice of the New Jerusalem Worship Center in Queens, N.Y., and former Pastor of the First Central Baptist Church.

Bishop Rice delivered a powerful sermon entitled “The Undeniable Church.” In attendance also were the widow of the late Rev. John L. Moody, the son of the ministry and founder of Harvest Time Minister of Staten Island, Rev. Daryl Moore, Sister Mary Edwards, Brother Demorde Davis, and Deacon Gayle Crowell.

“New and old members, community leaders, public officials, and visitors came to celebrate our 45th Anniversary,” remarked Pastor Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina. “There was a three week revival leading up to the Sunday service at which Rev. Tony Baker, Pastor of St. Philips in Staten Island, Rev. Marcia Herrera former associate minister of FCBC and Rev. John Davis, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Harlem were the special guest speakers.

“There was an overflow crowd at the Banquet held at the Crystal Room the Saturday night a week prior. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams spoke about the many years of community building that the First Central Baptist Church continues to do both in Staten Island and well beyond.

“We are thankful for everyone’s participation, collaboration and partnership as the church continues to thrive to meet the needs of its members and surrounding communities, improving lives. First Central, the best is yet to come.”

Rev. Dr. Carolina serves as Executive Board Member of the largest federally qualified Healthcare center in the Borough of Staten Island, The Community Health Center of Richmond County (CHCR). He served on the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) as a Mayoral appointee until 2023.

Dr. Carolina has received various awards and recognitions, including the 2023 Albanian Cultural Center Humanitarian Award, the 2023 Jewish Community Center Leadership Award, and the 2022 NYC Commission on Human Rights Trailblazer Award. He founded The Staten Island Black History Town Hall Meeting and served as lead advocate in bringing the nationally recognized Eagle Academy to Staten Island.

Scroll below for glimpses of the event. If you have photos you’d like considered for a future installment of “Staten Island’s Best Dressed,” please email [email protected]. Please include details of your event with clear photos, with names of everyone in the photos.

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First Central Baptist Church celebrates its 45th anniversary: Minnie Graham, left, Bishop Rice, Rev. Donegan and Deacon co-chair Robert Sims. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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First Central Baptist Church’s 45th anniversary: Rev. Antoinnette Donegan, left, Minister Eric Smith, Sister Janice Smith, and Minister Monique Hall. (Courtesy FCBC)
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Pastor Demetrius Carolina, third from left, is pictured with long-standing members of FCBC who have served the church and community for over 40 year, including Minnie Graham, Jennifer Watkins, Ruth Hernandez, Lawrence DeSilva, Betty Logan, Linda Murphy, Christine Brown. Also on hand were Mrs. John L. Moody, and City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. (Courtesy FCBC)(Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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First Central Baptist Church’s 45th anniversary: Rev. Marcia Herrera and the former Pastor of FCBC and guess speaker Bishop Calvin Rice. (Courtesy FCBC)FCBC

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church: Pastor Demetrius Carolina, left, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Deacon co-chair Wade Tafe. (Courtesy FCBC)(Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church: Former members are pictured with Rev. Antoinnette Donegan. (Courtesy FCBC)(Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church: Pastor Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina welcomes the congration. (Courtesy FCBC)(Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church: Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina and Bishop Calvin Rice. (Courtesy FCBC)(Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church: Rev. Antoinnette Donegan and Bishop Calvin Rice. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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Scene from the 45th Anniversary celebration of First Central Baptist Church: Pastor and Mrs. Demetrius Carolina. (Courtesy First Central Baptist Church) (Courtesy Rev. Dr. Demetrius Carolina)

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