Our Church History
Rising Sun M. B. Church was organized as a church in 1965 under the leadership of the late Reverend Lonzy Gaythos. The church held its first service in October of 1965 at 71 W. Virginia Avenue with three members. In February of 1966, it moved to a store front building at 427 E. Georgia Avenue and remained there for several years. Rev. Gaythos felt lead to purchase the next property. In 1968, we purchased a house located at 705 E. Waldorf Avenue and converted it into a church. Rev. Gaythos’ vision began to unfold and the membership began to grow. This growth resulted in the addition of Reverend B. L. Seaberry, who went on to become assistant pastor. Rev. Seaberry served faithfully as Assistant Pastor until the death of Rev. Gaythos in 1975. He was elected pastor shortly after. The church continued to grow under his leadership. During this time, the ministry expanded into the community and prisons, and began to focus more on developing as an outreach ministry. As a result of our efforts, God began to send the increase. Rev. Seaberry was the only minister at Rising Sun at the time of Rev. Gaythos death. However, in 1976, the present pastor, Aaron Campbell, was called into the ministry. He served as an assistant to Rev. Seaberry for many years until his passing in 1991. Reverend Aaron Campbell, who was then elected Pastor continued the outreach approach to ministry and eventually appointed Reverend Timothy Campbell as the Assistant Pastor. Rev. Timothy Campbell has since started a ministry in New Orleans, Louisiana. Elder Vincent Clark now serves as an assistant to the pastor and also is the Youth Pastor.
In 1995 Pastor Campbell felt lead to purchase 7 acres of land on Tulane Road. Taking on the name Rising Sun Outreach Ministries, the building for the current ministry was completed in September 1996. In 2000 we purchased an additional 11 acres of land adjacent to our present location and added another building to the property which houses our Christian Development Outreach Center (CDOC). Rising Sun is involved with several fellowships and organizations including PCCNA, Agape Whole Life Fellowship, Urban Youth Initiative, MAMS, Methodist Health Network, Family Matters, etc. We host an annual Summer Camp for the youth in the church and the community.
We are also the adopters of John P. Freeman Optional School, and the Tulane Apartments where we sponsor a toy drive and food baskets every Christmas. We also host an annual Health Fair and Community Picnic. The Outreach Center has served thousands of youth since its opening in 2000. We believe we have made a real difference in the lives of these young people. Through the CDOC we have established a genuine presence in the Whitehaven community and beyond.