To complete a path chosen, often times things move into full circle. This is what happened with the Rev. Cleo Maurice Baccus Jr. and his congregation at First Missionary Baptist Church.

On Easter Sunday, Baccus will be returning to his congregation after 11 years away.

Deacon Darrell Elliott said this is what he calls a God thing.

“He was our pastor, and we loved him,” Elliott said. “He and his wife, a school teacher, moved out to Inglewood, Calif. We have had a couple of pastors come and go since then.”

Baccus is returning with his wife, Christine, of almost 15 years and their two daughters, Tamera and Shanna.

Elliott said the entire congregation is excited about the return of Baccus.

“When negotiations were happening, we weren’t sure when he might be in the pulpit,” Elliott said. “But then Rev. Baccus called and said God told him to be in place at First Missionary on resurrection Sunday. His wife will be following him after.”

Baccus has been in the ministry for more than 20 years and has had more than 10 years in pastoral experience. He holds a master’s degree in divinity from Oral Roberts University and business administration from Oklahoma City University.

“We are very, very, excited about getting Rev. Baccus back,” he said. “We feel fortunate and blessed.”

There will be a special Easter Sunday program during the morning worship service with a Easter Egg hunt after the services.



If you go

WHAT: Special morning worship and Easter egg hunt.

WHEN: 11 a.m. today, hunt following service.

WHERE: First Missionary Baptist Church, 429 Denison St.

ADMISSION: Free.

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