About us

about us

About Canaan Baptist Church of Christ

From our humble beginnings in an upper room over an undertaker parlor on 134th Street in 1932, to our present-day modern church facility, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ stands as a beacon of hope, faith and redemption, and a voice for social justice. Our odyssey began when a group of 40 souls, committed to the truth of the Gospel and determined to live for Christ, decided to leave Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Calling themselves the “Israelite Mission” they formally organized and founded Canaan Baptist Church of Christ on September 26, 1932, led by the first pastor, Rev. M. Middleton. It was a period of great pain and economic hardship, but led by their second pastor, Rev. Edward M. Moore, and grounded in faith and their strong belief that God would make a way for them, the disciples moved to 23-25 West 118th Street. By the late 1950’s the membership had outgrown the 118th Street home and Canaan made plans to purchase land at 141st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, but the land would not support a newly built structure. Answering God’s vision, the congregation agreed to purchase the former Loews Theater at 132 West 116th Street for $210,000. After $250,000 in renovations, the congregation proudly marched from Old Canaan on 118th Street to 132 West 116th street, on the fifth Sunday in October 1965. The cornerstone was laid in June 1966. Two months later, on August 8, Rev. E. M. Moore passed away.


Canaan Baptist Church of Christ

We believe that our world has never been so connected and the Gospel will be readily accessible for everyone as we appear online. We invite people to come under the umbrella of one God, Jesus Christ; and connect with Him through their souls. Be the disciple of Jesus Christ and join us any time you want.


The mission of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ is to win souls for Christ, and to bring individuals into a saving and redemptive relationship as disciples of Jesus Christ. We are a spiritual body whose only foundation is the Word of God. Our mission is to grow a congregation that is educated in the Word of God and has a strong relationship with God. As disciples of Christ, our mission is to proclaim the Gospel message, at work, in the community and everywhere we go, through pastoral care, evangelism, prayer and worship, and forgiveness and reconciliation. We seek only to be God’s servants as agents changing lives to love our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Word of God

“Go Ye Therefore, And Teach All Nations, Baptizing Them In The Name Of The Father, And The Son And Of The Holy Ghost: Teaching Them To Observe All Things Whatsoever I Have Commanded You: And Lo, I Am With You Always, Even Unto The End Of The World.” Matthew 28:19-20