Our History

history

Macedonian Missionary Service was established in 1973 as an outgrowth of the ministry of Leon Jasper and Harold Williams to preach the Word of God and offer help to those in need. Both had traveled extensively to foreign mission fields and saw many unmet needs of missionaries and their works. Because of their missionary zeal and helpful hearts, these brethren joined with three other Christian businessmen to create an organization to help Missionary Baptist Churches and their missionaries carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. Macedonian, with the sponsorship of Ardella Baptist Church and the endorsement of five other churches, was registered as a non-profit organization under the laws of the state of Florida. Offices in those early days were on the campus of Florida Baptist Schools in Lakeland. In 1981, Leon Jasper became a missionary of Westwood Missionary Baptist Church in Winter Haven, Florida, to work full time with Macedonian. Later that same year, sponsorship was assumed by Westwood.

In 1982, Harold Williams resigned his position at Florida Baptist Schools to become a missionary of Westwood Baptist Church and work full time with Macedonian. Macedonian Missionary Service moved its offices into a remodeled two bedroom house on the church property. This space was quickly outgrown and in 1989, property was purchased in North Lakeland. Ground was broken that same year and in 1993, the ministry moved into its new facilities on Tomkow Road. These accommodations included offices, classrooms, a high quality recording studio for broadcasting, video reproduction, editorial facilities, mail room, Amateur Radio room, library, missionary bookstore, and print shop. Leon Jasper moved to Kentucky in 1986 and opened the second Macedonian office. In 2001, land was donated for a new office building in Somerset and Macedonian Builders erected the building which opened in the spring of 2003. In the fall of 2010, the Florida office moved into its current facilities in Polk City.

Macedonian Missionary Service is endorsed and sponsored by Faith Missionary Baptist Church of Concord, California, where Larry Wooley is pastor; by Hopewell Baptist Church of Cunningham, Tennessee, where Mike Raines is pastor; and our third endorsing church, Nevill’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, where Glenn Ray Griffith is pastor.