Church of The Month – April 2018

Pastor Leonard C. Rier Jr. & Asst Pastor. Lanie M. Rier
Senior Pastor &  Asst-Pastor of United Baptist Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A joint meeting of the 2nd Zion Primitive Baptist Church and the Prospect Primitive Baptist Church was called for the purpose of combining the two churches into one.  Elder Frederick Diggs, Pastor of Prospect opened the meeting.  A hymn “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” was led by Deacon Milford Diggs.  The scripture was read by Elder Diggs – St. Matthew 18th Chapter verses 1-10.  Prayer was offered by Deacon Marcus Phillips.  At this time Elder Diggs turned the meeting over to District Elder Scott White Sr.  Elder White asked the two churches what they desired to do.  Deacon Clinton H. Baltimore stated that the two churches wished to combine as one and presented minutes from a combined meeting of the two Deacon Boards which were read and substantiated that both boards had discussed the merger with their respective churches and both churches had agreed on the plan.  The minutes also proposed various names for the combined churches.  The District Elder, called for the reading of the minutes from the meetings held by each church.

Prospect’s minutes were read first by their church clerk.  The minutes stated that Prospect in a legally called meeting had voted to accept the merger plan and had also agreed to submit their choice of name to this joint meeting, “Prospect – 2nd Zion Primitive Baptist Church”.  The minutes from 2nd Zion’s church meeting were read which stated that they had also accepted in a legally called meeting the merger plan and wished to submit two proposed names for the combined churches – “The Unity Primitive Baptist Church” or the “United Primitive Baptist Church”.  At this juncture the District Elder called for a motion to unite the two churches as one.

It was moved by Deacon William Kershaw and seconded by Deacon Clinton Baltimore that 2nd Zion and Prospect be united into one church.  The motion was carried unanimously.

The District Elder then called for a motion on the name for the combined churches.  After much discussion, pro and con, Elder J.V. Reeves, our Vice-Moderator of the Association, commenting on the discussion stated that 2nd Zion being the oldest church should be given preference in the name selection.  This suggestion was accepted by all.  After further discussion it was moved by Deacon Marcus Phillips and seconded by Deacon Clinton Baltimore that the name of the combined churches shall be known as “The United Primitive Baptist Church”.  The motion was carried.

The District Elder, declared this church shall be known from hence forth as the United Primitive Baptist Church.  He then commended the group on their spirit of unity and love.

Remarks by the Vice-Moderator, Elder J.V. Reeves, who stressed that perfect love casteth out fear, commended the church on their combining and stated that it would strengthen all.

The District Elder, told the church that since they had united, they were without a Pastor.  He asked what was their pleasure.  It was moved by Deacon Clinton Baltimore and seconded by Sis. Annie Swanson that Elder Frederick Diggs will be the Pastor of the United Primitive Baptist Church.  The motion was carried unanimously.  The District Elder, cautioned the church on future problems which might arise, but told them prayer and the continued spirit of fellowship and good will which they had shown tonight would carry them through.  Deacon Phillips thanked the officers of the Association present for their assistance.  A rising vote of thanks was given them.  The District Elder turned the meeting over to the Pastor Elder Frederick Diggs, who thanked the church for his election as Pastor and asked for prayers and cooperation of all.  He thanked the District Elder and officers of the Association for their presence and help.  Meeting adjourned.

 Pastor Leonard C. Rier Jr. is the Pastor of United Baptist Church of Harrisburg, PA.  He served as Assistant Pastor from 1983 until 1995.  On April 23, 1995, he was installed as Pastor.  His parents, the late Elder Leonard C. and Sara Jane Rier, brought him up in a Christian home in a tight-knit community just outside of Steelton, PA, called Oberlin.  It was there that he spent idyllic childhood days playing on baseball fields, attending community schools and enjoying close family and friends. 

He is a graduate of the 1972 graduating class of Central Dauphin East High School.  From there, Pastor Rier, began matriculating at Harrisburg Area Community College.  He subsequently transferred to Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, LA where in 1978 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  He holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Pastoral Theology.

Pastor Rier answered the call to the gospel ministry in 1978; preaching his initial sermon on April 1, 1979.  He was ordained in 1983 under the examination of the Elders of the 2nd National Ketoctan Primitive Baptist Association in Harrisonburg, VA.

Pastor Rier and wife Lanie have been married for 33 years.  He is the father of 2 sons, 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  He is passionate about ministry and works hard at his commitment.  Under his leadership, United Baptist Church has been able to thrive in the midst of changing and adverse cultural and economic challenges.  His ministry is as a lighthouse in a dark place to show the constant love and care of our Savior.  Through it all, he stands firm to live like Christ, to love like Christ and keep his hand to the gospel plough.

Pastor Rier is a loyal, faithful, kind and a thoughtful friend to all.  His vision is to see lives positively changed through Jesus Christ.  He is a life-long learner and teacher of the Word of God and preaches to be relevant to a changing world.  He desires to see souls won for God and to see maturity in the people of God as he works to further the Kingdom of God.  Through encouraging increased fellowship, community outreach and giving of self, Pastor Rier is accomplishing the vision God has entrusted to him.  Pastor Rier is a true man of God who strives daily to accomplish this mission for God – “EACH ONE, REACH ONE”, understanding that without God he can do nothing.

Asst Pastor. Lanie M. Rier is the third of eight children born to the late James and Mildred Coleman.  She was educated in elementary and high schools in Shreveport LA and after graduating  salutatorian from Mary McLeod Bethune Jr. & Sr. High School, she went on to attend Southern University & A & M College – majoring in Medical Technology and Biology.

Pastor Lanie holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla GA, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity.  On June 23, 1979, Rev. Lanie gave her heart and her hand in marriage to her wonderful husband Rev. Leonard C. Rier, Jr. who is the Pastor, of the United Baptist Church of Harrisburg PA.  She is the mother of 2 sons, 2 daughters and 1 playful Shih Tzu and is the grandmother of three.  She believed and responded to the Gospel message and was baptized at the young age of 8 years old; however it wasn’t until she was 24 years of age that she completely surrendered her life and her will to the Lord and made the commitment to live for Him.

After much struggle, Rev. Lanie accepted God’s call to ministry in September 2002, and preached her initial sermon on the 2nd Sunday in April, 2004 titled “New Wine, New Bottles”.  She was licensed the 4th Sunday in September of 2004.  On June 22, 2008, after examination before a body of elders, she was ordained into the gospel ministry.  

Rev. Lanie has served her church as Primary, Sunday school Teacher and teaches Wednesday Night Bible Class and New Members’ Classes and is active in Women’s Fellowship ministries.  She has discipled and counseled young women and shares in pre-marital counseling with her husband.  She is certified in Prison Ministry Fellowship.

United Baptist Church
1401 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103-2347
Phone: 717.233.7090

Children’s Church
|(immediately following Offering)
Worship Service 10:00am

Prayer Teleconference 7:00pm
(call: 857-232-0157, access code: 419598)

Word Explosion Bible Study Teleconference 7:00pm
Call: 857.232.0157, access code: 419598

Praise & Worship Rehearsal 6:30pm

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