The Greater Framingham Community Church is an interdenominational Christian church founded in 1972. The church was organized to meet the needs of suburbanites who desired a Black religious experience. Currently the church is the largest predominantly African-American church in the Metrowest area with a congregation that draws from African, Caribbean, and European cultures. The church offers a full array of worship, fellowship, educational, and Bible study opportunities.
To become true and faithful servants of GOD, to faithfully spread the Gospel to ALL Humankind throughout the Community, Nation and the World.
To build and develop Christian maturity in a spiritually enriching environment. To present mature Christians in Christ in the world worthy of our call as Christians.
History of Greater Framingham Community Church
Greater Framingham Community Church was founded in 1972. Considering itself as an extended Christian family, the church functions in many ways as the only immediate family, outside the primary group, for its largely transplanted membership. Today the church is the largest predominantly Black church in the Metrowest area with a congregation that draws from African, Caribbean, and European cultures.
This interdenominational church is governed by a twelve member Church Council which is the policy making and executive body of the congregation. The Reverend Dr. Cameron Byrd, a United Church of Christ minister, was called in 1973 to serve as its first pastor and provided spiritual oversight for the early development of the church until called to Washington, DC in 1978. He was succeeded in 1979 by the late Reverend Harold G. Ross, Jr, a Baptist minister, who served until the Spring of 1990. While a nationwide search was conducted for a successor, the Reverend Percy Garrett, Jr. assisted the church. In April 1992, the Reverend Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, a Baptist minister and Associate Dean of Students at Gordon College, was called to serve as the third pastor. Simultaneously, the church relocated from a leased church building at Edgell Road and Water Street in Framingham, where it held worship services for twenty years, to a building purchased from the Assembly of God Church, located at Hartford and C Streets on the south side of Framingham.
Under Rev Dr J. Anthony Lloyd's leadership, the church has experienced phenomenal growth spiritually and in membership. with a current membership of over 400 households, the church draws individuals and families from the Metro west, Greater Boston areas, as well as Rhode Island and New Hampshire. In April of 2000, the church moved into it's newly renovated edifice located in downtown Framingham.
Programs and Opportunities
Martin Luther King Day observance
Tutorial Programs for Youth
Outreach to Prisoners
Assistance to the Needy and the Homeless
The Greater Framingham Community Church views Membership Development as building Christian Character by:
Providing a worship experince that glorifies God.
Nurtuting ALL in understand of who we are in Christ.
Commiting ourselves to the study of the Bible, therefore, equipping us for the work of ministry in our home, church, community, and the world.
Working towards peace in the world, with a common purpose and unity in our church.
Praying, celebrating the sacrements, stewardship, praising the Lord, confessins our sins, teaching and preaching the Gospel unto SALVATION FOR ALL.