We Are ...
The Greater Framingham Community Church, an interdenominational Christian church founded in 1972. The church was organized to meet the needs of suburbanites who desired a Black religious experience. Currently the church is the largest predominantly African-American church in the Metrowest area with a congregation that draws from African, Caribbean, and European cultures. The church offers a full array of worship, fellowship, educational, and Bible study opportunities
To become true and faithful servants of GOD, to faithfully spread the Gospel to ALL Humankind throughout the Community, Nation and the World.
To build and develop Christian maturity in a spiritually enriching environment. To present mature Christians in Christ in the world worthy of our call as Christians.
History of Greater Framingham Community Church
Greater Framingham Community Church was founded in 1972. Considering itself as an extended Christian family, the church functions in many ways as the only immediate family, outside the primary group, for its largely transplanted membership. Today the church is the largest predominantly Black church in the Metrowest area with a congregation that draws from African, Caribbean, and European cultures.
This interdenominational church is governed by a twelve member Church Council which is the policy making and executive body of the congregation. The Reverend Dr. Cameron Byrd, a United Church of Christ minister, was called in 1973 to serve as its first pastor and provided spiritual oversight for the early development of the church until called to Washington, DC in 1978. He was succeeded in 1979 by the late Reverend Harold G. Ross, Jr, a Baptist minister, who served until the Spring of 1990. While a nationwide search was conducted for a successor, the Reverend Percy Garrett, Jr. assisted the church. In April 1992, the Reverend Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, a Baptist minister and Associate Dean of Students at Gordon College, was called to serve as the third pastor. Simultaneously, the church relocated from a leased church building at Edgell Road and Water Street in Framingham, where it held worship services for twenty years, to a building purchased from the Assembly of God Church, located at Hartford and C Streets on the south side of Framingham.
Under Rev Dr J. Anthony Lloyd's leadership, the church has experienced phenomenal growth spiritually and in membership. with a current membership of over 400 households, the church draws individuals and families from the Metro west, Greater Boston areas, as well as Rhode Island and New Hampshire. In April of 2000, the church moved into it's newly renovated edifice located in downtown Framingham.
Programs and Opportunities
- Martin Luther King Day observance
- Youth Fellowship
- Cultural Programs
- Educational Programs
- Community Outreach
- Tutorial Programs for Youth
- Outreach to Prisoners
- Assistance to the Needy and the Homeless
The Greater Framingham Community Church views Membership Development as building Christian Character by:
- Providing a worship experince that glorifies God.
- Nurtuting ALL in understand of who we are in Christ.
- Commiting ourselves to the study of the Bible, therefore, equipping us for the work of ministry in our home, church, community, and the world.
- Working towards peace in the world, with a common purpose and unity in our church.
- Praying, celebrating the sacrements, stewardship, praising the Lord, confessins our sins, teaching and preaching the Gospel unto SALVATION FOR ALL.
What We Believe
Our Basic Beliefs
We believe that the Old and New Testament scripture were given by inspiration of God and serve as divine truth for Faith and Living.
We believe there is only one God, the creator, preserver and Governor of all things, and who is found in the three persons of the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we were created by God but through sinful disobedience have been separated from God and therefore are in need of Salvation through Faith.
We believe that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ, for which the divine and Human nature are united so that He is wholly divine and wholly human.
We believe the church of Jesus Christ is universal, but manifests itself in the local body of believers, meeting together as HIS 'bride of Christ'. That Christ shall come for His church without spot or blemish.
We believe that repentance toward God, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is what reconciles us to God. This is only because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary.
We believe that both Baptism and Communion (the Lord's Supper) are visible signs of our relationship to Christ. Not only are we commanded to observe them, but we do so joyfully.
We believe that Christ shall come at His appointed time, to judge the quick and the dead.
We believe we are called, as the Church of Jesus Christ to preach teach and live as resurrected people. Our ministry is a ministry of unwrapping resurrected people from the entanglement of sin.
Faith and Covenant
This Church acknowledges as its head, God, the Creator of all heaven and earth and Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. It acknowledges as brothers and sisters in Christ all who share in this confession. It believes that all of those who are committed to the building of God's Kingdom and strive to keep His commandments are entitled to partake of the Lord's Supper, and that all such with their family are entitled to the Ordinance of Baptism.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. The third day he arose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the God, the Father Almighty: from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church [universal], the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Affirmation by individuals/families coming into membership:
By baptism, or Christian Experience, we're received into the visible Church. Baptism signified that we have first of all believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and have been regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit. We take upon ourselves the responsibilities, rights and privileges of full membership in this Church, and so to be admitted to participation in The Lord's Supper regularity, but worthily, with the other members of the Household of Faith. We are required to reaffirm the vows we have made through decision and commitment to God in Christ by making the following statements:
- We reaffirm our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and desire from henceforth to be His disciple
- We promise to give ourselves in holy obedience to the service of God in Christ through this Church and wherever else the opportunity presents itself.
- We promise to be loyal to our Church, faithful in our obligations to the Church, giving honor in all things to God in Christ and not to covet it for ourselves.
- We accept our congregational form of government for our Church, and will be governed by her rules and regulations, insofar as we are able.
- We promise regularly to attend the public services of worship, to support the Church with our substance, to engage in private devotions, and continue to increase knowledge of the Christian Faith and the administration of our Church.
Our Pastor, Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd
Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd serves as the pastor of the Greater Framingham Community Church, ministering to a congregation drawn from the Metro West area of Massachusetts. This holistic ministry seeks to bring the gospel of Christ to individuals to impact their communities for Christ. It is a ministry of empowerment and celebration.
J. Anthony Lloyd was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 22, 1955, to the late James Lloyd and Mrs. Ruth E. Lloyd. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at an early age. While very young, he became affiliated with the Germantown Avenue Corps of Salvation Army. That is where J. Anthony's seed for service and ministry was planted and cultivated. While still very young, he became a leader in youth ministries, Sunday School, and Junior Church. He later ministered in street evangelism, children camp, and social work.
While a Senior at Central High in Philadelphia, J. Anthony Lloyd was led by God to commit himself to the Gospel ministry. In this act he would be following in the tradition of his grandfather, the late Reverend Dr. Maryland Taft Fleming, a renowned Baptist preacher from Richmond, Virginia.
J. Anthony Lloyd graduated from Houghton College in Houghton, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in ministry. In 1982, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary of Hamilton, Massachusetts. At Gordon-Conwell, he was a recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship for ministry, and Dr. Martin Luther King Award for outstanding leadership. In 1996 he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in the area of Preaching for Social Change from United Theological Seminary, Dayton , Ohio.
Dr. Lloyd served as the Assistant and Associate Dean of Students at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts for twenty years.
Rev. Dr. Lloyd continues to serves as adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Ministerial Education, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston, MA.
For the seven years prior to coming to GFCC, he served with distinction on the ministerial staff of Twelfth Baptist Church of Boston. He coordinated the Counseling Team, and served in preaching and teaching ministries.
On Palm Sunday, April 12, 1992, Rev. J. Anthony Lloyd commenced a new Kingdom assignment as pastor of the Greater Framingham Community Church, Framingham, Massachusetts.
On Sunday, May 24, 1992, he was endorsed by the United Baptist Convention of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire and ordained by the historic Twelfth Baptist Church of Boston under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes..
J. Anthony has traveled and ministered in the Virgin Islands, Mexico, England, Israel, Canada, Europe, East, West, and South Africa, in addition to the Caribbean.
Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, Pastor
Minister Beverly Thompson
Ministry areas: Women's Christian Fellowship, Pulpit Associate, Adult Christian Education
Minister Quincy Mosby
Ministry areas: Men's Christian Fellowship, Pulpit Associate, Adult Christian Education
Ministerial Team Bios
Rev. Richard Keyes, Ph. D
Dick Keyes is the director of L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, Massachusetts, where he has worked with his wife and family for 30 years. He holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University, and an M. Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has worked for L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and in England, where he served also as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church in London. He has been an adjunct professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is the author of Beyond Identity, True Heroism, Chameleon Christianity and Seeing Through Cynicism, as well as several chapters in anthologies such as No God But God, ed. Os Guinness and Finding God at Harvard, ed. Kelly Monroe, and The New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics. He is now working on a book about the questions of Jesus.
Rev. Dr. Courtney Lackard
Rev. Courtney O. Lackard serves as the Minister of Youth at the Greater Framingham Community Church (GFCC) for over six years, and has served as Youth Minister for over twenty years. Rev. Lackard previously served as an Associate Minister at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Malden, where he received his license to proclaim the gospel on May 15, 1995. There, he served as the Youth Minister and a Sunday School Teacher.
Rev. Lackard was born in Jamaica, West Indies and migrated to the United States in February 1979. When he arrived in New York, he adjoined himself to the Goodwill Baptist Church in the Bronx, New York where he was ordained as a deacon. There, he served as the president of Goodwill’s Baptist Training Union and was instrumental in directing and instructing a bible study course, “Journey of a Lifetime,” a detailed overview of the bible book by book. He has taught Christian workshops at the state level for the Empire State Baptist Convention of New York.
Rev. Lackard obtained a Master’s degree in Urban Ministries at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2008. His academic achievements include: a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (P.I.N.Y.) and an Associate in Science degree in Engineering Science from the Bronx Community College.
He is the proud husband of Dr. Marguerite Simpson-Lackard; he is happily married for more than 20 years and is the blessed father of two children, Ashley and David.
Scripture: "For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." (I Thess. 2:13)
A Brief Overview of What's Available for Children and Teens at GFCC:
We are a "youth-friendly" church with a multitude of programs for children and teens. Our staff members that work with our youth come with a rich diversity in talents, gifts, experiences, cultures, and achievements. They are qualified professionals with a deep passion for sharing biblical knowledge and equipping the next generations with knowledge, life-goals, and morals so they can boldly face the challenges of our nation. Our mission is to enrich and empower our children and teens academically, spiritually, and emotionally. Our ultimate goal is produce ambassadors for Christ.
The following are available:
Tiny Tot Ministry
Junior Youth Connection (JYC)
Saturday Bible School
Girls Gone God (G3 – for female teens)
Men of Purpose (MOP – for male teens)
Junior Youth Connection Fellowship (JYC)
PRESS Dance Ministry (Liturgical Dance)
Y We Prayze Mime Ministry
Minister Beverly Thompson
Minister Beverly C. Thompson serves as Chair of the Women’s Christian Fellowship at Greater Framingham Community Church. A native of Detroit, Michigan she accepted Christ at an early age. For over 23 years she was an active member of Calvary Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Elder James E. Slappy, Jr. Under this ministry a passion for singing in the choir afforded her an opportunity to serve as a director of the Calvary Youth Ensemble, youth advisor and active member of the women’s department.
In 1998 she joined Greater Framingham Community Church and served in the ministries of Pastor’s Aide, Gospel Chorale and the Caribbean Praise Team. Licensed to preach in May 2008, she is currently pursuing graduate studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
Minister Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mercy College of Detroit. A Registered Dietitian, she is employed as a General Manager of Food & Nutrition Services with Sodexo, a leading provider of integrated food and facilities management services in the U.S.
Minister Thompson is happily married to her best friend Kevin Thompson.
Minister Quincy Mosby
Minister Quincy “Doc” Mosby is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He accepted Christ at an early age and has been active in church ministries for more than 45 years. He accepted his call to the ministry of preaching in 2003, and served as an Associate Minister of Zion Union Church located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts under the leadership of Pastor Bernard Harris Sr., for the past 11 years. Minister Mosby served on the ministerial staff at Zion Union Church for eight years and was licensed to preach the gospel in September 2012.
Minister Mosby became a disciple of Greater Framingham Community Church in April 2013, and was enthusiastically accepted as a member of the GFCC Ministerial Staff. He has been active in the Men’s Ministry, serves as the Men's Christian Fellowship Bible Study Leader, and enjoys singing and sharing the word of God through the Men's Christian Fellowship Choir. He loves praise and worship and the opportunity to share the gospel with others.
Doc, as he fondly likes to be called, holds a Doctorate of Business Administration and Aviation Communications from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a Master of Business and Aviation Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston.
He resides in Billerica Massachusetts, and is currently an Aviation/Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems Consultant for the United States Department of Defense at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Minister Mosby is a highly decorated 28-year Air Force veteran, and an ardent community activist and business professional. He has served as President, Colonel Charles McGee Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated at Hanscom, former Vice President of the Massachusetts Airport Management Association, and Blacks in Government Incorporated. His favorite scripture is Philippians 3:14 —“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Minister Belinda Mpagazehe
I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high places. Habakkuk 3:19
Minister Belinda Lee Derr Mpagazehe was born in Catawba County, North Carolina. In 1961, Belinda was baptized at Friendship Baptist Church where from her youth she was an active member until relocating to Boston. She then became a member of Greater Framingham Community Church during the tenure of Rev. Cameron Byrd. Later she became a member of Twelfth Baptist Church, and much later still, joined Bethel A.M.E. Both churches are located in Boston, MA. Even though she asked God into her life on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, she realized as an adult that she did not fully understand the significance of baptism as a child, and submitted to being baptized again on November 30, 1979 by Rev. Michael E. Haynes of Twelfth Baptist Church.
Minister Mpagazehe graduated from Boston State College (now UMass Boston) with a degree in Sociology, and was employed as a social worker at the Roxbury Multi Service Center. Upon completion of the teacher certification program at Framingham State College, Belinda taught in both the public and Christian school settings.
In the spring of 1992, she returned to Greater Framingham Community Church where she co-founded the Women’s Retreat. Belinda has led retreats in the fields of Christian Education, Prayer Ministry, and Women’s ministry. She continues to teach adult Sunday school, and Women’s Bible studies, and is active in Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Minister Mpagazehe joyfully serves God as a volunteer in local nursing and rehabilitation facilities. In addition, she responded to a call to serve in Massachusetts Correctional Institutions, where she has volunteered for many years as a mentor and lay minister.
Her desire to preach the gospel did not originate from her, but was in obedient response, and confirmation to the call she received from God on August 26, 2012. A year later, on August 11, 2013, she was licensed by Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd to proclaim the gospel of Christ. She enrolled in Rockbridge Seminary in 2016, and is the author of, Is God Good? Who’s Asking? and also a children’s book, The Clocks’ Holiday.
Belinda is married to Charles since 1975. God added to the blessing of this union a daughter, Khari, and two sons, Jeremiah, and Joshua.
Deacon Ruby Bishop
Deacon Karen Blake
Deacon Addie Burgan
Deacon Almarie Dawkins
Deacon Lula Evelyn
Deacon Robert Evelyn
Deacon Michele Gill
Deacon Merrily Herring
Deacon Dwight Higdon
Deacon Gerald Hill
Deacon Vernon Hines
Deacon Jean Hoskins
Deacon Amanda Hyman
Deacon Marguerite Lackard
Deacon Gloria Lee
Deacon Althea Mondley
Deacon Lynn Moore
Deacon Quincy Nunnally, Jr.
Deacon Tracey Osamwonyi
Deacon Patricia Phillips
Deacon Ev Reynolds
Deacon Annette Woodson
Deacon Elsie Grain
Deacon Katherine Hill
Deacon Hannah McIver
Deacon Barbara Mimms
Deacon Phillip Smith
Deacon Hubbard Walker
Deacon Patricia Walker
We hold worship services at 10:00am on Sundays. Worship services are also held on the following occasions:
- Ash Wednesday
- Christmas Eve
- New Year's Eve
Our worship services are blessed by GFCC's Music and Dance Ministry:
- Minister of Music – David Coleman
- Director of God’s Little Angels – Marshalee Kehlhem
- Musician for God’s Little Angels – Steven Dalton
- Director of Youth Choir – Steven Dalton
- Director of Gospel Chorale – David Coleman
- Director of Men’s Choir – David Coleman
- Director of Voices of Praise – David Coleman
- Director of Anointed Dance Ministry – Lisa Cargill
- Director of Women’s Choir - Carrie King-Woodsonl
- Director of Mime Ministry – TBD
- Musicians – David Fuller, Malcolm Stuckey & Rick Utaegbulam
- Pianist / Organist – Steven Dalton
- Wednesday 12:30 PM
- Wednesday Evening 7:30 PM
- Saturdays 2nd and 4th (Men's Bible Study) 8:00 AM
- Saturdays 1st and 3rd (Women's Bible Study) 8:00 AM
- Sundays 1st and 4th (Teen Bible Study) 10:00 AM
- Sundays 2nd & 3rd (Junior Youth Connection Bible Study & Fellowship) 10:00 AM
- Fridays (Junior Bible Study & Fellowship) 6:30 PM
- Intercessory Prayer Tuesday 7:00 PM
- Mid-week afternoon prayer Wednesday 12:00 Noon
- Mid-week evening prayer Wednesday 7:00 PM
- Intercessory Prayer Friday 12:00 Noon
- Monthly Extended Prayer 2nd Friday 7:00 PM