Sunday, August 7
11:00 AM
Rev. Dr. Roxanne Booth
Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, Coeymans, NY

"Friends Worth Having"

Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth was raised in Catskill, New York. She is the daughter of the late Samuel and Marjorie Jones. Rev. Dr. Booth is a three-time graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC where as an undergraduate she received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, the Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies, and the Master of Divinity degree from the School of Divinity. She is also a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton Massachusetts, having received the Doctor of Ministry degree specializing in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies.

On June 19, 1999 Rev. Dr. Roxanne married the Rev. Antonio Booth at the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, New York. The Late Rev. Dr. William J. Harvey III, Past Executive Secretary of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. Foreign Mission Board officiated the wedding.

After seven years of marriage, Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth and her husband, the Rev. Antonio Booth accepted to do missions work with the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Foreign Mission Board (FMB) and moved to the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) in May 2006. Before marriage from 1991-1998, Rev. Dr. Booth served four years as a mission worker in the Kingdom of eSwatini and three years in Durban, South Africa with the FMB.

Upon their return from eSwatini in March 2009, the Reverends Booth believed God would give them ministry in the warm State of Georgia; however, from January 2010 to December 2010 Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth and her husband, Rev. Antonio Booth, served as interim co-pastors of Riverview Missionary Baptist Church in Coeymans, New York and on March 26, 2011 they were installed as co-pastors of Riverview. Riverview is the church where Rev. Dr. Booth was baptized and the church that ordained her for the Gospel ministry. She is the first female pastor in the history of that congregation. In addition to her many pastoral duties at Riverview, Rev. Dr. Booth instituted the Riverview Missionary Baptist Church Short-term Mission Trip Ministry. She has coordinated and led short-term mission trips to Southern
Africa annually since 2010.

Rev. Dr. Booth’s knowledge and insights continue to be utilized by the FMB. During the formation of the FMB’s HIV/AIDS Initiative in Southern Africa, Rev. Dr. Booth set up an HIV/AIDS Conference in South Africa among National Baptist Churches and faith-based and community-based agencies in South Africa. She was also consultant to the FMB related to work in the Kingdom of eSwatini to give clarity to the mission work. In 2017, Rev. Dr. Booth was appointed Northeast Regional Director for the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Foreign Mission Board. She is currently, leading a Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Booth is a board member of Cornerstone Protestant Campus Ministry and treasurer of the board of directors of the Capital Area Council of Churches. She is also a member of the Capital Region Poor People’s Campaign Coordinating Committee and Political Education Working Group. Additionally, as well as co-pastoring, Rev. Dr. Roxanne Booth is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York at Albany in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Africana Studies lecturing in African/African American Religion. Dr. Booth is also a recovery coach (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate) at Homer Perkins Center in Albany, NY where she is responsible for coordinating reintegration sober support activities in the community and advocacy for men in recovery from substance use disorder. In addition, Rev. Dr. Booth is proud to be a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves as committee chair for International Awareness and Involvement for the Albany (NY) Alumnae Chapter.

Rev. Dr. Booth authored her first book in April 2015 entitled "African American Baptist in Mission: A Historical Guide". This book highlights the mission ministry of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. Foreign Mission Board. Her book is available for purchase at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble and in ebook version, Kindle and Nook.


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220th Anniversary Celebration Service

A service of remembrance and celebration in observance of the 220th anniversary of the first service of worship in our first church building on September 11, 1796 was held on September 11, 2016.

Moderator Rev. Alexandra Lusak officiated. Rev. James Miller brought greetings from former moderator Rev. Robert Lamar and spoke about his own term as moderator. Members of the Session read remembrances from former moderators Rev. Donna Elia and Rev. Joseph Shook, passages from scripture and excerpts from the church history authored by Barbara Dudley and Nancy Chase. The Village Voices sang, led by church Music Director Jan Bishop.
Four new members were received into the church during the service. A gala reception followed in Conkling Hall.

Anniversary Service Program

Montage of Anniverary Service Photos by John Eldridge: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I-yTQSgMxW74vH1hENSS4_2xHXVDh2Ty/view


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