|The Minister's Alliance of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, & Vicinity||
Then . . . 1978
Then known as the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor Pastors Alliance, its start began in November 1978 as Chairmen of its Constitution and By-Laws Committee, the late Rev. Dr. B.T. Hopkins, then Pastor of the Second Baptist Church, led this alliance of Pastors and Ministers to join forces to formulate a legacy of leadership and partnership with the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities. They elected the Rev. Emmitt Green, Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Ann Arbor, MI as their first President.
The name of this alliance has evolved and followed the great work and expansions of the alliance. It has been also called the Minsiters Alliance of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, & Vicinity and the Ministerial Alliance of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, & Vicinity. The following pastors have served, some multiple terms, as Presidents of this alliance:
Reverend Emmett Green, Second Baptist Church – Ann Arbor
Reverend Dr. Booker T. Hopkins, Second Baptist Church – Ypsilanti
Elder Dr. Levon Yuille, The Bible Church – Ypsilanti
Reverend Dr. Albert J. Lightfoot, New Hope M.B. Church – Ann Arbor
Reverend Dr. Garther Roberson, Jr., Mt. Olive M.B. Church - Ypsilanti
Reverend Phillip L. Ferrell, Mt. Hermon M.B. Church – Belleville
Reverend Van C. Williams, Second Baptist Church – Ypsilanti
Reverend James Hendricks, St. John Baptist Church – Ypsilanti
Reverend Dr. Joseph N. Cousin, Bethel AME Church – Ann Arbor
Elder Winston Patterson, Ypsi-Seventh Day Adventist Church - Ypsilanti
Most Recently . . . 2012 . . . 2017 .
Thirty-four years later what started as a response to issues that exist within our middle and high school classrooms, has evolved into a fine-tuned alliance among many churches of different ethnic, denominational and religious ideologies.
As we move forward under the leadership of Elder Winston Patterson, the first President from Ypsilanti Seventh Day Adventist Church, we look forward to a future as bright as the illustrious history of this great alliance known as the Ministerial Alliance of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor & Vicinity.