Unity Missionary Baptist Church is a conservative, fundamental, Bible believing, Bible teaching, New Testament church. The staff and church family of Unity Missionary Baptist Church strive to meet the spiritual needs of those within the church family as well as share the love of God and His salvation with those outside the church. Unity offers Bible study with Sunday School each Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Our Sunday School offers classes for all ages from the youngest to the oldest. The church worships together each Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. and again Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. as well as Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The church family at Unity Missionary Baptist Church enjoys a most wonderful fellowship and always looks forward to having new people come into their church.
Unity Missionary Baptist Church was formally organized on February 9, 1962 in the Creekmore Park building in which they were meeting. The church began with one hundred five charter members. During the organizational service the church voted to affiliate with the local Mount Hope Association, the Arkansas State Association, and the American Baptist Association of Missionary Baptist Churches. On March 21, 1962, Bro. Kenneth Bazar was called as the first pastor of the church. At this time the church purchased a parsonage at 5017 South Savannah Street here in Fort Smith.
On July 1, 1962, the church voted to purchase the property at 1506 South Phoenix and a bond issue of $50,000.00 was sold to construct the first building. A dedication service was held for this building on May 12, 1963, with Bro. Riley Dale preaching the dedication sermon.
Bro. Bazar continued as pastor until January 31, 1965. After his resignation the church called Bro. Ralph Hunnicutt as pastor on March 14, 1965. About this time the church purchased a new parsonage at 2401 South Jackson. This very nice home is still used by the pastor today. Bro. Hunnicutt resigned as pastor on November 12, 1967. On March 10, 1968, Bro. Harold Walker was called by the church to be their pastor.
In 1968, construction was begun on a new auditorium and on March 23, 1969, this new building was dedicated with Bro. Kenneth Bazar preaching in the service. Ground was broken for a new fellowship building on June 3, 1979. On Sunday, February 7, 1988, the church held their annual anniversary service during which a “note burning” was also held as the church was now debt free on all their property and buildings.
In the spring of 1995, Bro. Walker resigned as pastor after twenty-seven years in that position. Many wonderful accomplishments were seen during Bro. Walker’s tenure as pastor. In July 1995, the church called Bro. Sid Ree to be their pastor. Bro. Ree and his family moved to Fort Smith from Hatley, Mississippi and held his first service as pastor on August 13, 1995. At present, Bro. Ree continues as pastor and Bro. Bryan Johnson serves as the church’s music director doing a wonderful job with the church’s music.
The need for a new educational building was addressed beginning in the spring of 2011 as plans were put together for a new educational and multipurpose facility. Construction began on these December 27, 2011 and a dedication service was held on November 11, 2012. The church was gloriously blessed by God as they were able to move into this new facility with no indebtedness.
God has indeed been good to Unity Missionary Baptist Church in the past fifty-five plus years. As the church continues to do the work of the Lord now and in the future, our desire is to see many more lost souls saved, to see many more of the Lord’s wonderful blessings, and to always be diligent in our service to God and His church.