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To members and visitors and friends, growing and glorifying:

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, who is worthy of worship and praise.  Time is determined to not wait on anyone.  Time is still filled with swift transition.  So many loved ones have gone on from last year till now.  So many things have changed, as well as, so many people.  Yet, God is immutable, He changes not.  Let us continue to lean and depend on our awesome God to do for us that which we can not do for ourselves.  Blessings and glory and honor all belong to Him.

Grace and Peace Be Unto You,

Pastor Marvin D. Chapman & Family

Old Church Building


Church History

The Old Palestine Missionary Baptist was organized about 1890 at Browning Creek, SoSo, Mississippi.  Reverend G. Barnes, Brother Handy Knight, Brother Joe Hadden, Brother Jack Knight, Brother Joe Broom, Brother Robert Jones, Reverand Cantwell, and Brother Gable Easterling were the founders of this church.

Reverend G. Barnes was the first Pastor and remained until the church was moved to this community about 1906. Old Palestine have had 16 Pastors. Our present Pastor is Reverend Marvin D. Chapman.  He was installed full time May 25, 2003.

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Pastor Marvin D. Chapman

Our Pastor

Officiating Pastor Marvin Chapman Autobiography

Our Pastor is a Husband, Father, Educator, Coach, and Minister.

Reverend Chapman is married to Maggie Chapman. As of 2011, they are the proud parents of a twenty-three year old son, a six year old daughter, and a two year old daughter.

He is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University located in southern Mississippi.  He attends the Trinity Baptist Seminary  in the Doctoral Program of Newbury, Indiana.

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Staff Administration

Ministries and Their Officers

Old Palestine Staff Administration

Deacons     -   Chairperson, Brother Howard Fortenberry

                          Vice Chairperson, Sister Emanuel Frazier

Deaconess  -  Chairperson, Sister Wilma Fortenberry

                          Vice Chairperson, Sister Loretta Frazier

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God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Our Mission

The mission of Old Palestine Missionary Baptist Church is to sow our heart’s wishes into hopes of Jesus Christ, into the many hearts of Taylorsville, Mississippi, and to the ends of the earth.  We strive to inspire in all persons a love for Christ, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and their fellow human beings. We pledge our lives to Christ and covenant with each other to demonstrate His Spirit through worship, witnessing, and ministry to the needs of the people of this church and the community. Our mission involves creating a Church that can be a safe gathering place for people of all cultures to come experience the grace and forgiveness of God; a family of believers where they can find healing for the things that have hurt and wounded their souls; where they can belong and believe; where they can be nurtured and disciplined into faith in the one true God and in Jesus Christ whom He has sent.