For over a century, Union Baptist Church has stood as a testimony to the grace of God and the commitment of its people. The year was 1897 in the month of April that Union Baptist Church had its genesis. John E. Robinson, Ed Hockaday and John Thomas met for the purpose of organizing a Sunday School for the families living in North Durham. Through the aid of Dr. Aaron Moore, a member of White Rock Baptist Church, literature was secured to assist the founders in their efforts. From these humble beginnings, Union Baptist Church developed. With a functioning Sunday School in place, the founders sought a regular meeting place. They were able to rent a small log cabin on Corporation Street. Mr. Sam McCowan, the principal and a teacher at East End Elementary School, was selected as the first superintendent for the Sunday School.
Sunday School services were so inspiring and uplifting that a desire to hear the Word preached developed. Once again, Robinson, Hockaday and Thomas sought assistance from officers of an established church. This time they were assisted by Deacons George Mebane and Elijah Carrington of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in organizing the first deacon board. The first board consisted of Joe Wilson, Clem Thaxton, Joe Suitt, John Grissom, Charlie Lyons and Rufus Tapp. Reverend Paul Yancey, pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church, became the first pastor of North Durham Baptist Church, budgeting his time between the two churches. Services were held one Sunday per month at the newly organized church.
Read more: Our History
A founding principle of our country contends that talent, not circumstance, should determine destiny. However, for many children who live in challenging urban environments the struggles begin early, the obstacles are significant and, over time, the gaps in academic performance widen dramatically.
Global Scholars Academy, formally Union Independent School, strives to create greater developmental equity for Durham youth who represent the greatest risks of academic failure due to significant social, economic, and educational challenges – individually and in their family, neighborhood, and community environments. Our intervention model is an extended day and extended school year interdisciplinary curriculum designed to develop “hard” and “soft” skills required to thrive and prosper in the highly volatile global economy of the 21st century, a staff of National Board Certified Teachers and other highly qualified support staff, technological innovations in learning that accelerate remediation and academic advancement, and sustained parent/caregiver involvement in the education process. The idea for Global Scholars Academy began with Union Baptist Church Pastor, Dr. Kenneth Hammond as part of a larger church effort to revitalize the 172-block area known as “Northeast-Central Durham.”
Global Scholars Academy is a K-8 public school, currently serving students in grades K-4 offering:
Charles Barnes - Morehead Avenue Baptist, Durham, North Carolina
Thomas Banister, III - Temple Memorial Baptist, High Point, North Carolina
Willie O. Glenn - Zion Level Baptist, Roxboro, North Carolina
Stephen A.G. Howard - Mount Carmel Baptist, Richmond, Virginia
Lei Knight - Manna Community Fellowship, Fayetteville, North Carolina
James M. Lawson - Ilong Baptist, Oxford, North Carolina
Pebbles Lindsay-Lucas - First Chronicles Baptist, Durham, North Carolina
Silas Mayfield - Rhema Baptist, Durham, North Carolina
Charles Murrill, Sr. - Old Liberty Baptist, Youngsville, North Carolina
Prince R. Rivers - United Metropolitan Baptist, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
John Thorpe - Light Of The World Ministry, Durham, North Carolina
UBC Sunday Service Times7:30am, 9:30am and 11:15am (These services are streamed live on our website!)
Also now its W.O.W. - Worship On Wednesday! It happens every THIRD Wednesday of each month at 7pm.
Bible Study ClassesSundays at 9:30am, Mondays at 6:30pm and 6:45pm and Wednesdays at 11:30am and 7:30pm
Check Our Calendars!At the top of each page is a calendar at a glance. The general church calendar is on the home page but calendars specific to various ministries are on their corresponding pages.