Celebrating the Faithfulness of God for 100 Years

The Canaan Missionary Baptist Church was founded upon the premises stated by Christ to Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).

In 1919, Mr Sheets (a realtor), made a commitment that the Baptist and Methodist affiliated members of the Miles Heights area whose denominations had the most members would be given the lot on the corner of East 147th and Ohio Avenue.  Canaan was the largest congregation in Miles Heights, and consequently the land was given to Canaan where it built its church.

The original Canaan was a very small, wood-structured building.  It had only two windows and a front door.  The structure was very similar to a wood shanty where the stove was centrally located and provided heat by burning coal.

In June 1980, after much prayer, meditation and hard work, Canaan moved to its current location which was the former Clara Tag Brewer Elementary School.  The new location was well-structured with more than 9 acres of land, and having a net worth of more than one-half million dollars in real estate value.

A faithful band of dedicated Christians stayed on board.  The bills were high. The work was hard, and the laborers were few.  Many thought, and some prophesied, that the church would not make it – but Reverend Jackson continued to remind them that, “the Lord did not bring them this far to leave them.”  A grand march from the old Canaan site to the present site took place, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and other sister churches of the community taking an active role in the celebration.

In 1985, a purchase offer in the amount of $110,000 was accepted by the Cleveland Board of Education.  Once again, our prayers were answered.  In 1987, the church mortgage was again retired and burned.  In 2015, Canaan embarked on the vision of building a new sanctuary which will be completed in 2020.

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Canaan Missionary Baptist Church

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Canaan follows God's word from Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"