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Alexander (Alex) Leake was born in Small Heath, Birmingham, on 11th July 1871. A centre-half, Leake joined Small Heath in 1895.

After playing 198 games for the club he joined Aston Villa in June, 1902. Leake played 28 games in his first season with the club. He also held his place in the 1903-04 season.

Leake won his first international cap for England against Ireland on 12th March, 1904. The England team included Joe Bache, Herbert Burgess, Alf Common, Bob Crompton and Vivian Woodward. England won the game 3-1.

On the final day of the 1904-05 season, Manchester City needed to beat Aston Villa to win the First Division championship. Sandy Turnbull gave Leake, the Villa captain, a torrid time during the game. Leake threw some mud at him and he responded with a two-fingered gesture. Leake then punched Turnbull. According to some journalists, at the end of the game, Turnbull was dragged into the Villa dressing-room and beaten-up.

Aston Villa won the game 3-1 and Manchester City finished third, two points behind Newcastle United. After the game Leake claimed that Billy Meredith had offered him £10 to throw the game. Meredith was found guilty of this offence by the Football Association and was fined and suspended from playing football for a year.

Tony Matthews described Leake in his book, Who's Who of Aston Villa as: "A good-humoured, easy-going defender whose temperament was second to none... He often cracked a joke with an opponent while robbing him of the ball and regularly burst out laughing just before a corner-kick was being taken."

Leake won his last of his five international caps playing for England against Scotland on 1st April, 1905. The England team included Joe Bache, Howard Spencer, Charlie Roberts, Steve Bloomer and Vivian Woodward. England won the game 3-1.

In December 1907 Leake was transferred to Burnley. During his five years at Aston Villa, Leake scored 9 goals in 141 games.

Leake retired from playing football in May 1910. He also worked as a coach/trainer for Crystal Palace (1912-15), Merthyr Town (1919-20) and Walsall (1932-33).

Alex Leake died in Birmingham on 29th March, 1938.


Glencoe Woolshed National Trust

The Glencoe district was first settled in 1844 by two brothers Robert and Edward Leake who came from Tasmania with over 7,000 cross bred Saxon Merino sheep.

Their holdings were eventually worth $25,000,000 AUD (in 2020) and comprised 156,000 acres of land stretching from Mount Muirhead via Mount Gambier and including coastal areas of Victoria. Their first station &lsquoInverary&rsquo, a collection of huts, was built next to Lake Leake. The timbers were mortised and the bark roofs laced to the purloins with green hide. No nails were used.

Eleven years later Robert built Frontier House 400 metres south of the current Woolshed. Sadly, this building was was destroyed but the two storied barn, coach house, stables and groom&rsquos quarters still stand.

On Robert&rsquos death in 1860, Edward built the current architect designed Woolshed &ndash made of hand adzed limestone from a local quarry as well as pit sawn cathedral like arched blackwood beams from local native forests. The roof timbers were marked with roman numerals to assist in their assembly. The doors of the catching pens were originally pivoted on an old English penny and closed with a weighted cord. It was officially opened in 1863 with a gala ball which 200 guests attended.

This pristine stone woolshed is the last remaining one in Australia that has never been mechanised, it has only ever seen blade shearing. There are 38 shearer stations and as well as shearers and sheep, there would have been roustabouts, wool classers, shed hands and a cook also present at shearing time.

After shearing, the fleeces were gathered and taken to the wool table where they were skirted and classed. The wool was then pressed into bales which were stencilled with the Leake&rsquos reversed L, L brand, before being transported to Portland by bullock wagon and shipped to England for auction.

At its height of operation 53,000 sheep were shorn in a season - around 2,000 a day - with up to 100 extra men employed. The present Glencoe Public Hall was originally the Shearers&rsquo quarters &ndash made of the same yellow limestone that fronts the Woolshed. It provided luxurious accommodation for the men.

On the death of Edward, the Glencoe estate became the inheritance of a 7 year old child Letitia Sarah Leake (see the book The Accidental Heiress: Journey of a Glencoe squatter&rsquos daughter available for purchase from the local Glencoe shop for the whole story of lust, murder and great riches.

The Riddoch brothers eventually bought Glencoe Station and it was broken up and sold. In 1977, Scotty Kennedy donated the Woolshed to the National Trust of South Australia.


Leake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Leake was first found in either Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire which all have parishes names Leake. For some of the first listings of the family, we must look to Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the following: John de Lek Roger de Leke and Teobald de Lek as all living in that shire at that time. [1] Willie's Lyke-Wake is a Child Ballad, one of 305 traditional ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants listed in the 1904 Houghton Mifflin edition. Lyke-Wake Dirge is a traditional English song that is thought to have originated in the Yorkshire area.

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Early History of the Leake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leake research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1334, 1581, 1655, 1627, 1679, 1660, 1633, 1681, 1656, 1720, 1710, 1712, 1708 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Leake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Leake Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Leake family name include Leake, Leak, Leek, Leeke, Leyke and others.

Early Notables of the Leake family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Francis Leke, 1st Earl of Scarsdale (1581-1655) fought for the Royalist cause in the English Civil War Sir Francis Leke, 1st Baronet (1627-1679), an English soldier, administrator and Member of Parliament, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire for 1660 William Leake, the father (died.
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leake Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Leake migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leake Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jon Leake, who landed in Virginia in 1628 [2]
  • Alexander Leake, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Anne Leake, aged 19, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • Robert Leake, aged 38, who arrived in St Christopher in 1635 [2]
  • Tho Leake, aged 18, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [2]
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Leake Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Philip Leake, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • William Leake, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Mrs. Leake, who landed in Georgia in 1734 [2]

Leake migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leake Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Was Leake, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Major Robert Leake U.E. (b. 1750) born in Bedington, Durham, England from Albany, New York, USA who settled in England, United Kingdom c. 1784 he served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of New York, married Margaret Watts he died in Cardiff, Wales in 1788 [3]

Leake migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Leake Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Leake migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Leake Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Maria Leake, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mersey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th June 1861 [5]
  • S. F. Leake, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870

Contemporary Notables of the name Leake (post 1700) +

  • William Leake (1865-1942), English international rugby union player
  • Sir John Leake (1656-1720), English Admiral in the Royal Navy, politician who sat in the House of Commons (1708 to 1715)
  • William Martin Leake (1777-1860), English antiquarian topographer of Greece
  • Buddy Leake (1933-2014), American award winning quarterback and kicker with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League
  • Joseph Bloomfield Leake (1828-1918), American Civil War Brevet Brigadier General and U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
  • George Leake (1856-1902), Australian premier of Western Australia
  • George Leake (1786-1849), Australian wealthy landholder and merchant in the early days of the Swan River Colony
  • Walter Leake, American who served as a United States Senator from Mississippi (1817 - 1820) and as Governor of Mississippi (1822 - 1825)
  • David B Leake, American Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Computer Science Department at Indiana University
  • John Leake Marling (1825-1856), American politician, U.S. Minister to Guatemala, 1854-56 [6]

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The Leake Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Agendo gnaviter
Motto Translation: By acting prudently.


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2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

In 2012, Morgan landed a spot on the U.S. Olympic women&aposs soccer team. At the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, held in London, Morgan won her first Olympic medal, a gold, with the American team. The team beat Japan, 2-1, in a revengeful match watched by nearly 80,300—the largest soccer crowd in Olympics history. The victory marked the fourth of five Olympic titles won by the American women&aposs squad since women&aposs soccer was first included in the Olympics (1996).


Al Leake

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[Babe Leake, Neely Jones Leake and his wife May, at Babe's 90th birthday party]

Photograph of Babe Leake, Neely (?) Jones Leake and his wife May. The photograph was taken at the 90th birthday celebration of Babe Leake. The three are standing in front of a long linen covered table bearing silver trays of mints, crystal dish of peanuts, two candles in crystal holders, and a large floral topped cake on a silver serving tray. Babe is wearing a dark colored dress and has a large floral corsage on her left shoulder. Mr. Leake is wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and a dark colored wide tie. May is wearing a polka dot dress … continued below

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Photograph of Babe Leake, Neely (?) Jones Leake and his wife May. The photograph was taken at the 90th birthday celebration of Babe Leake. The three are standing in front of a long linen covered table bearing silver trays of mints, crystal dish of peanuts, two candles in crystal holders, and a large floral topped cake on a silver serving tray. Babe is wearing a dark colored dress and has a large floral corsage on her left shoulder. Mr. Leake is wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and a dark colored wide tie. May is wearing a polka dot dress with matching jacket. She has a floral corsage on her left shoulder.


LEAKE, Sir John (1656-1720), of Mile End, Stepney, Mdx. and Beddington, Surr.

b. 4 July 1656, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Richard Leake, master-gunner of England, of Woolwich by Elizabeth. m. bef. 1677, Christian (d. 1709), da. and coh. of Capt. Richard Hills of Great Yarmouth, Norf., 2s. (d.v.p.) 4da. (d.v.p.). suc. fa. 1696 kntd. 3 Feb. 1704.1

Offices Held

Entered RN bef. 1673, capt. Sept. 1688, r.-adm. Dec. 1702, v.-adm. 1703, adm. Jan. 1708, adm. of the fleet Dec. 1708, r.-adm. of Eng. 1709–Nov. 1714 mate to master-gunner of ordnance 1682–?1700.2

Freeman, Portsmouth 1703, Harwich 1707, Rochester 1709, Plymouth 1709 elder bro. Trinity House 1707–d., master 1709–11.3

Member, council of ld. high adm. June–Oct. 1708 ld. of Admiralty Nov. 1709–14 Oct. 1714.

Biography

‘Leake was the best all-round sailor of his age.’ So wrote one naval historian, following the generous assessment of Leake’s eventual heir, Stephen Martin Leake, who considered that he

This reference to the army makes it possible that the John Leake listed in 1684 as a lieutenant in the royal foot guards and later in 1694 as a captain was this Member. Gunnery and engineering were skills presumably imported by his father, the master-gunner of England, who used such talents in 1683 to demolish the fortifications at Tangier. Born in Rotherhithe, Leake had little of ‘what the world calls learning’, being put early to sea, advancing to the rank of midshipman before the end of the third Dutch war, serving for a period in a merchantman, and returning to the navy as a gunner. By September 1688 he was captain of a fire-ship. Leake’s attitude to the Revolution is unknown, but he continued to be employed by the new regime, being described on one list of naval captains in November 1691 as ‘a very good man’. He served at Bantry Bay, Barfleur, and in 1694–5, with Admiral Edward Russell* in the Mediterranean, as well as effecting the relief of Londonderry in July 1689. Upon the death of his father in 1696, Leake’s wife sought Russell’s support in obtaining for him the post of master-gunner. Russell vouched for Leake’s ‘knowledge in the art of gunnery, courage and fidelity’, but he appears not to have wanted the post. The end of war in 1697 saw Leake’s transfer to the half-pay list, although influential friends, such as George Churchill*, were able to obtain some voyages for him. Indeed, Churchill was responsible for the suggestion in January 1702 that Leake be made first captain to the new lord high admiral, the Earl of Pembroke (Thomas Herbert†), though given instead to (Sir) George Byng*, and for his appointment in June as commander of a squadron bound for Newfoundland. His achievement there, in taking 51 enemy vessels, was acknowledged in December 1702 in his appointment as a flag officer. Further triumphs followed with the reduction of Gibraltar and the relief of Barcelona, and also at the battle of Malaga. When he returned from the Mediterranean in October 1706, Prince George presented him with a diamond ring worth £400 and a gold-hilted sword. His reputation established as a naval hero, Leake sought to enter Parliament. He contested a by-election at Bodmin in December 1706, only to be defeated. He then switched his attention to Harwich, treating the corporation in April 1707, and apparently finding a receptive audience, for on 19 Aug. it was reported that at the next election he would be returned ‘without any opposition. The interest of the town, which consists of mariners, his father having been a Harwich man by birth, the navy and the transports, all speak for him.’ Ironically, Leake was then the beneficiary of the death of Sir Clowdesley Shovell*, winning a by-election at Rochester, Shovell’s seat, in January 1708.4

Before he began on his career in the Commons, Leake was probably a Tory, being classed as such in a parliamentary analysis from early 1708, and described as a Court Tory on a similar list compiled after the 1708 election. Indeed his elevation to admiral of the fleet, in succession to Shovell, was perceived by the Whig Sir Edward Lawrence* as heralding a Tory revival, Lawrence labelling Leake as ‘a Jacobite’. In the months following his election Leake played no role in the Commons, being at Spithead by the middle of January 1708, preparing to sail with the fleet. Although held back by contrary winds, he was at sea by early March and consequently was abroad during the 1708 election. However, it was reported in April that, having renewed his interest at Harwich, Leake would carry the vote there. Thus, he was duly returned for Harwich as well as Rochester, choosing to represent the latter. After the 1708 election, Secretary Sunderland (Charles, Lord Spencer*) recorded his victory as a gain for the Whigs, thus suggesting that Leake was liable to follow the lead of the Court. While in the Mediterranean in the summer of 1708 Leake was named a member of Prince George’s council at a salary of £1,000 p.a. Unfortunately, no sooner had he arrived back in England, around 20 Oct., than the Prince died (28 Oct.). Immediately there was speculation that Leake would be included in a stop-gap Admiralty commission, but rumours also abounded of the return of Lord Orford (Edward Russell). Erasmus Lewis* felt that this news boded ill for Leake, informing Robert Harley* that ‘the cue is given out to speak contemptibly of Leake, and none but staunch men are to be employed’. In the event Pembroke became lord high admiral and Leake found his own status enhanced as commander of the fleet, even though, as Sir Henry Sheeres later put it, ‘somebody else has got a step before him in figure’. Swift, still in his Whig phase, was not unduly worried by these developments, foreseeing the re-emergence of Orford a few months later, whereupon ‘Leake will be turned out’ and Whig pre-eminence confirmed. However, as early as February 1709 rumours were circulating that Leake might gain a place in a revamped Admiralty Board. The desire to safeguard his position may explain why he spent the summer of 1709 in home waters. If this is the case it proved wise, for when Orford returned to the Admiralty as first lord in November 1709 Leake was included in the new commission, even though some observers thought him likely to be pensioned off. His appointment necessitated offering himself for re-election at Rochester, a hurdle he surmounted without difficulty. He then proved loyal to the ministry, voting for the impeachment of Dr Sacheverell.5

The fall of the Godolphin ministry and the resignation of Orford in September 1710 put Leake in a difficult position. Rumours that he would refuse to serve under the Earl of Peterborough in a new Admiralty commission proved false. He was also fortunate in that he had been in office for too short a period to have become indelibly marked as a Whig. Peter Wentworth could opine in September 1710, ‘’tis known if he’s any party he’s a Whig’ but Wentworth was also aware that a man of such public reputation was useful to the incoming ministry. Henry St. John II* most appositely expressed Tory fears when writing to John Drummond†: ‘my apprehension is that Sir John may have dipped himself a little too much of late with Orford, to be employed in a service of this kind, but I am not certain this fear is well grounded’. Evidently St. John’s reservations were satisfied because Leake was named first in the new commission, although he declined to act as first lord, and refusing a peerage also. So dominant was the naval interest in Rochester that Leake had no problems in securing his return at the 1710 election, although he made a precipitate departure from the borough, probably in order to protect his position in London. He was marked as a Tory on the ‘Hanover list’, a fair assessment given his role as an Admiralty spokesman in the new House. Indeed, his main activity, as recorded by the Journals, was the presentation of information from the Admiralty. Leake was obviously able to establish his credentials within Tory ranks with some speed: he was listed among the ‘worthy patriots’ who, in the 1710–11 session, helped to detect the mismanagements of the last administration, of which he had himself been a member. The same source listed him as belonging to the October Club, but this remains uncorroborated. His name also appears on Harley’s canvassing list for the parliamentary attack on Marlborough in January 1712. The two Members deputed to whip him into line were Sir James Wishart* (a fellow Admiralty lord) and the ‘secretary’ (presumably Josiah Burchett*). The absence of parliamentary activity on his part between 1710 and 1712 has been explained by one historian as an attempt to avoid his political responsibilities as senior Admiralty lord by serving with the fleet as much as possible. If so, it lasted until a new Admiralty commission, headed by the Earl of Strafford, was issued on 30 Sept. 1712. Leake remained an important conduit of information from the Admiralty to the Commons, presenting to the House, for instance, in April 1713 an account of ships employed as cruisers and convoys in the previous year. He also supported the ministry in the division of 18 June, voting for the French commerce bill. Returned for Rochester again in 1713, he was classed as a Tory on the Worsley list. During the 1714 session he presented information from the Admiralty to the Commons on four occasions, and was nominated to a single drafting committee. He was also kept busy at the Admiralty, transacting business with George Clarke* during the summer of 1714.6


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Small Heath, Birmingham born centre half Alex Leake began his football career in junior football with works team Hoskins & Sewell in 1887, King’s Heath Albion in 1888, Saltley Gas Company in 1889, Singer’s in 1890, turning professional with Old Hill Wanderers in 1892 from whom he joined First Division Small Heath (now Birmingham City) in 1894. He made his Football League debut at Preston North End in October 1895 although Small Heath suffered relegation in his debut season, when he made 14 appearances, after which he rarely missed a game. He was soon appointed club captain. He was still a mainstay of the team as they won promotion as Second Division runners up in 1900-01, but once back in the First Division they were immediately relegated in 1902. During this season he played in an England trial match and with clubmate Sid Wharton played for an England XI in an unofficial international against Germany.

In a 1901 profile of the Small Heath club and players in the Daily Express, C.B. Fry wrote:

“Leake is one of the best half-backs of the day he is a character, and very popular. Fast, with exceptional stamina, he is on the go all the game through yet never tires. He has been a faithful friend to his club, which owes – and knows it owes – him much. He captains his team with ability and a tact that may almost be called inspiration, He makes – he does not wait for – success. And what he gets he deserves.”

After 23 goals in 221 appearances for Small Heath he joined Aston Villa in July 1902, already 31 years old, and stayed five years. In his first season the club were runners up in the First Division, and in 1905 he won the FA Cup when played in their 1905 FA Cup Final team which beat Newcastle United 2-0. While with Aston Villa Leake won five caps for England, making his international debut at the age of 32 on 12th March 1904 in a 3-1 win against Ireland in Belfast. He played against Scotland in a 1-0 win at Celtic Park the next month, and in all 3 Home Internationals the following season. He also played once for The Football League.

Leake found himself unwittingly at the centre of one of the great scandals of English football. In the last League game of the 1904-05 season, Manchester City needed to beat Aston Villa to win the title. It was a spiteful game, and he had been involved in confrontations, both physical and verbal, with opponents. Afterwards Leake, who had captained the side, claimed that City’s Billy Meredith had offered him a bribe of £10 for his team to throw the match. Meredith was found guilty by the Football Association, fined, and suspended from all football for 18 months. Because his club refused to help him financially, Meredith made public the illegal payments Manchester City were making to their players. An FA investigation resulted in life bans for directors, long suspensions for players, and the club being forced to sell its playing staff.

An Aston Villa match programme of 1906 described him as:

“A good-tempered, honest worker safe rather than showy. Hard to beat in a tackle, and good at spoiling an opponent’s pass. Alert, keeps his head, and never tires in the hardest matches. His unfailing good humor has made him a general favourite.”

Having scored 9 goals in 140 appearances for The Villains, Burnley manager Spen Whittaker took him to the club in December 1907, by which time he was 36 years old. He stayed with them a further two and a half years, playing a significant part in building a team for the future. His arrival has been described thus:

“By this time Leake was 36 years old, but he still possessed the panache of a class player. His authority on the pitch led to his appointment as team captain, and the faithful on the terraces at Turf Moor purred their appreciation, taking an instant shine to their new centre-half. One should not underestimate the psychological benefits of having a man there who had been at the top of his profession, a natural leader who could counsel and advise the youngsters from a position of experience.” He scored twice in 90 appearances for The Clarets.

In 1910 he returned to the Midlands and played for one season with non league Wednesbury Old Athletic, newly elected to the Birmingham & District League. He then took up posts as trainer with Crystal Palace, Merthyr Town, and Walsall, and also coached at school level.

He was a cousin of fellow Small Heath and England forward Jimmy Windridge.


1884-1911

Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church was organized in the backyard of Mrs. Mary Ann Hunter after pulling out from the old Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in 1884. The first church in reality was a little house sitting on a rock, hence the name, Little Rock. The original church property was purchased for a sum of four hundred and twenty five dollars on May 31, 1884 (corrected deed filed June 10, 1893). In 1906, under the pastorate of Rev. W.R. Douglas, the frame structure was moved across Seventh Street. The moving process was so slow that services and even a funeral were conducted while the church was in the middle of the street. The brick edifice, which is now the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Community Development Center, was completed in 1911 under the administration of Rev. Douglas.

1912-1981

The edifice was a blended manifestation of the turn of the century Greek and Romanesque architectural style. J. M. McMichael, was the architect of several imposing buildings in this community including Spirit Square, St. John’s Baptist Church, and Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The old Little Rock Church building is a remarkable remainder of an exuberant expression of faith and commitment of God’s people to God’s glory. The new Sanctuary and Educational wing were completed in October 1981. Rev. William White led members and friends in a reverent and stately procession from the Old Little Rock Church into the new edifice on Sunday, December 6, 1981. Clinton E. Gravely, an American of African descent, was the designer of this building. His trademark of exposed wood and natural stone is prominent in the present place of worship.

1982-Present

In May 2008, the groundbreaking celebration for the addition to the Little Rock campus was held under the pastorate of Dr. Dwayne A. Walker. Little Rock has been truly blessed with ardent and eloquent pastors of which two became bishops, Bishop J. C. Hoggard and Bishop George J. Leake, III. After Bishop Leake assumed the Episcopacy, Rev. William White was appointed as pastor, erecting the present building. Dr. James R. Samuel followed Rev. William White, making improvements to the Church and Educational Wing. In 2005, Dr. Dwayne A. Walker was appointed pastor and has since regained possession of the old church building, established plans to add a Family Life Center and provided leadership to facilitate a partnership between the Little Rock Community Development Corporation and the Charlotte City Council to build affordable housing on the campus.


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