Kansas City Places of Worship
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1896, this is one of Kansas City’s oldest black religious congregations and heavily involved in community service; this historic edifice was purchased for the First Baptist congregation in 1983 to accommodate its growing congregation. Many famous speakers have graced the pulpit, including Rev. Jesse Jackson and former President George W. Bush.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 7:15a, 11a, and 3:30p
ADDRESS: 2310 East Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO MAP
Jamison Memorial Temple CME Church
DESCRIPTION: The original church at 1815 Paseo Blvd, was very prominent when 18th & Vine was jumping. It is now home to the Holy Ghost New Testament Church; the new church is much larger for its growing congregation.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 3115 East Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO MAP
Paseo Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: A distinguished church in KC’s Black community. Ministries include Pray and Bible Study Groups, Social Service, Music, Drama and Missionary.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10a
ADDRESS: 2501 Paseo Blvd, Kansas City, MO MAP
Ward Chapel AME Church
DESCRIPTION: Possibly the oldest remaining AME church in Kansas City.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:45a
ADDRESS: 2126 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO MAP
St. James United Methodist Church
DESCRIPTION: One of the largest Black churches around with over 1,200 members in a new sanctuary; pastor Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, II was the first African American mayor of Kansas City.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a & 11a
ADDRESS: 5540 Wayne Avenue, Kansas City, MO MAP
United Nation of Islam
DESCRIPTION: The United Nation of Islam is no relation to Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam; here the focus of this place of worship seems to be self-help leadership in the community bent on creating a new positive image. A diner, renovated gas station, bakery, colonic center and supermarket, all with a conspicuous lack of security bars and all served by bowtie-clad gentlemen and equally polite ladies. Regardless of one’s religious persuasion or absence thereof, you have to admire what has been accomplished here.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1121 Quandary Blvd, Kansas City, KS MAP