Our History

Refreshing Spring M.B. Church began with a vow, a calling and a vision.  After much prayer and seeking divine guidance, on Saturday, June 26, 1993, Rev. James E. Marshall gathered a group of devoted Christians in his home and communicated the vision that the Lord had placed on his heart, and they believed it was God’s will to organize a church. 

Therefore, on Friday, July 9, 1993, an Organizing Service was held at the Greater New Testament Missionary Baptist Church where the late Rev. Rubie Saulsberry presided as Moderator. This service resolved to establish a church with 12 members calling Rev. James E. Marshall as its Pastor and the “Refreshing Spring Missionary Baptist Church” was planted, and the mission of this Church was:

  • to preach the gospel
  • to worship God
  • witness to His saving grace; and
  • minister to the needs of people


The late Rev. August Minor, Union Hill M.B. Church, brought forth the Word:  “The Business and Benediction of the Church” (Jude 24-25) -- We Serve a Big God!, and the journey of this great church was launched:

  • On Sunday, July 11, 1993, the Refreshing Spring M.B. Church held its first worship service at the Quality Inn Hotel in downtown Chicago and Pastor Marshall delivered a soul-stirring message: “The Conditions for Discipleship” (Matt. 16:24).
  • On September 3, 1993 we had our first baptisms, mother and son, Veronica Bright and Montsho Bright.
  • On May 4, 1994, ten months after organizing, the church purchased its future home at 400 South Cicero, Chicago, Illinois.
  • On February 5, 1995, the church temporarily moved to the Fountain-Jordan Shepherd Chapel, 418 South Cicero while its future home was under construction.
  • On Sunday, June 4, 1995 the Refreshing Spring Church, and a great host of family and friends, triumphantly journeyed to its church home – “We Entered into His Presence with Praise and Made a Joyful Noise Unto the LORD”. 
  • On Sunday, September 12, 1999, the mortgage of the Refreshing Spring Church was burned.

… And God continues to write our story!