HISTORY of the NEMBDA
The New Era Missionary Baptist District Association was organized in the year 1907. Rev. H.E. Strickland, pastor of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, is credited as being the organizer, as well is thought to be New Era’s first Moderator.
The districts first member churches included: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church of Rosedale, Kansas, Morning Star Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church of Kansas City, Mo., Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Vine Street Baptist Church (which later became the Paseo Baptist Church), and Skylight Baptist Church.
In May 1910, the district began playing an active part in the work with corresponding bodies as supporters, such as the State Convention and the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
Past Moderators include: the Reverends H.E. Strickland, George Henry Daniels, James Monroe Booker, R.E. Holland, Connie See Stamps and more recently, the Reverends John Modest Miles, Samuel Nero, Sr. and Rev. William F. Snorgrass.
Under the leadership of Moderator I.H. Henderson, from 1945 to 1952, the district began an affiliation with Western Baptist Bible College which continues to this day.
In 1964, under the leadership of Moderator Andrew Monroe Hudson, Sr., the district acquired forty-three acres of land outside Kingdom City, Mo.—the area now known as Camp New Era. Since that time, six acres of trees have been cleared, a stillwater pond has been dug and stocked with fish, a one-hundred and fifty seat fellowship hall with a restaurant-style kitchen has been built on the grounds, and a three-bedroom double wide trailer has been installed to house the Camp’s on-site caretakers. Four cabins, with capacity to sleep sixteen, have been built on the property, a basketball court, a tennis court and baseball diamond are also included.
In 1995 the camp was used as collateral for a loan to finance updates to the property and it's structures and fixtures. Because of current interest rates the district has decided to refinance this loan and will be able to save money in both the short and long term.
Plans are in the works to install hiking trails around the property and add a small natural "zoo" using insects and animals indigenous to the area.