About The Church

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Jerusalem Baptist

Mission Statement
Evangelism: making disciples of all nations for Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20)
Edification: building mature Christians for effective ministry through worship, education and fellowship (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Proclamation of Liberation: to continue the ministry of deliverance under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to the oppressed (Luke 4:18-19)

In March 1938, the Reverend E. W. D. Morton recognized the need for a Black Baptist Church to minister to the rapidly growing Black community in Palo Alto, California. After much prayer, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Reverend Morton, organize a mission in Palo Alto.

The church was organized on January 7, 1945, with Reverend W. C. Sample officiating. Reverend Withers was called as the first pastor.

Under the leadership of Reverend Withers , the church purchased its first property, a small building on Emerson Street, in May 1946. The growth of the church continued under the leadership of Reverend C. L. Morris. The present property, 398 Sheridan Avenue, was purchased in September 1947. The church moved into its present location on March 16, 1950. Jerusalem Baptist Church, celebrated 78 years of Christian service on, February 12, 2023. The campus includes sanctuary and multi-purpose building. Ours is a congregation worshipping with traditional African American heritage in a welcoming environment for the surrounding diversity of our community.

Due to unforeseen life changes, the congregation now finds itself seeking a pastor. While we are conducting a search, we are under the guidance of our Interim Pastor Rev. Robin E. Eldridge.

We invite you to join our services on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in person or virtually on YouTube and Facebook.


American Baptist Churches U.S.A. /
Growing Healthy Churches
Bay Area District Association
California State Baptist Convention
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc.

Acts 2:42-47

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And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

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And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

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Praising God, and having favour with all the people and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.