ENNIS – The New Founders Missionary Baptist Church, 1903 Lafayette St. in Ennis, will hold its 11th annual church anniversary revival beginning at 7 p.m. through Friday, March 11.

Speaker for the services is the Rev. Lelious A. Johnson, who serves as pastor of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Dallas.

According to a brief history of the church, the organization of New Founders Missionary Baptist Church was first envisioned by several members of the Independent Missionary Baptist Church of Ennis and, in March 2000, 22 other individuals met with them to organize in the former facilities, Zion Chapel Baptist Church.

In July 2000, the new congregation called its first pastor, the Rev. Von Carl Thomas Sr., who was formerly pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Rosser. A major building project was completed four years later.

“From its inception, New Founders has had a strong leadership team,” a spokesman for the church said. “Our first pastor of Christian education was Pastor Leroy N. Houston, M.div, and his wife, Harriett, was the first minister of music and organizer of the sanctuary choir.”

The first youth minister was the Rev. Brenton Lamont Wren, and the church’s first deacon staff was Edgar Carr, chairman; Ross E. Lewis, secretary; Woodrow Wilson, treasurer; and Charles Brown, Q. Lee Carr and W.O. “Buddy” Wilkerson. Men who initially served as trustees of the congregation included Simon Lincoln and Kenneth Watson.

“The last four years has shown increased growth as the church looks forward to the continued vision from the Lord through Pastor Thomas,” a spokesman said. “Seeing the need in our immediate neighborhood, the church is preparing to embark on a food ministry, tutorial ministry and daycare.

For further information, call the church office at 972-875-6610.