Union Missionary Baptist Church

Building Community: Spiritually, Socially, Educationally, Economically

Our Pastor & First Lady

For Immediate Release

Announcing Interim Pastor for Union Missionary Baptist Church

Reverend Charles Magee to Serve as Interim Pastor

LANSING, April 1, 2022 – Union Missionary Baptist Church is proud to introduce Reverend Charles E. Magee as the interim Pastor. Pastor Magee will begin his pastoral care duties immediately and preach his first sermon at 11 am on Sunday, April 3rd.

“We are pleased and excited to have Pastor Magee”, said Wayne Lynn, Chairman of the Deacons Ministry. “He brings a vast amount of wisdom and experience. We will definitely benefit from it during our transition”.

Rev. Magee is a native of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. His family moved to Oklahoma in 1959. In 1960, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at St. John Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. W. K. Jackson.

In 1972, Rev. Magee graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University School of Technical Training in Commercial Art. In 1973 he moved to Lansing, Michigan, where he attended Great Lakes Christian College and Lansing Community College.

Rev. Magee was licensed to preach in 1978 and later ordained at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan. For eighteen years, Rev. Magee served as Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Albion, Michigan. He is married to Laurentina Tresvant, and they have four adult children and three grandchildren. Most recently, Rev. and Mrs. Magee served within the CARE ministry, under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Melvin T. Jones who recently retired after 37 years at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan.

During our pastoral transition, Rev. Magee will be responsible for a range of pastoral duties, including preaching, teaching, sacraments, ministry, spiritual leadership, congregational care, and outreach. As interim Pastor, he will also lead our congregation in touching lives through service while the search committee continues its work in identifying candidates who are called to pursue the ministry leadership role at UMBC.

Rev. Magee is eager to begin the work of pastoring UMBC, and we are excited for him to connect with our church community. The community is invited to join us in worship this Sunday, April 3rd, as we welcome Rev. Charles Magee to his new role at Union Missionary Baptist Church! Rev. Magee will be available after the worship service this Sunday.



In the heart of downtown Lansing, Michigan, near the Capital loop, UMBC is a Church on the move, led with vision. A congregation of 700 plus members, Union Missionary Baptist Church was the first African American Baptist Church established in the City of Lansing.

UMBC Mission Statement:

To build the Kingdom of God (Spiritual); improve the quality of community life (Social); promote and foster academic achievement (Education); develop initiatives for financial empowerment in the urban community (Economic).

A community Retirement and Farewell Celebration was held Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Lansing Eastern High School.

Rev. Dr. Melvin T. Jones and Minister Sallie Jones

Thirty-seven years ago, Reverend Jones was convicted by the Holy Spirit that this is where the Lord wanted him to serve. After thoughtful prayer, he accepted the call to become Pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing Michigan.  Reverend Jones was installed as pastor on March 3, 1985. This was the beginning of a fruitful journey that would not only show him as a religious leader, but as a community leader and a civil rights leader in the Lansing area. Pastor Jones is a founding member of the Clergy Forum of Lansing and founder of ACTION of Greater Lansing.  He has intervened in many issues when members of the community felt an injustice had been done.


First Lady Minister Sallie L. Jones is founder of the Mustard Seed Kids puppet ministry she has been actively involved in puppetry since 1985. The Mustard Seed Kids have traveled and performed throughout the United States, Bahamas and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She has taught at the Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers, One Way Street Puppet Festivals, Wolverine State Baptist congress of Christian Education, Saginaw, MI, the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and numerous churches, public, private and Christian schools.

Mrs. Jones has written for Urban Ministries, a nationally known publishing company for Christian literature. She is currently working on a workbook for training directors and puppeteers. She has written a number of musical dramas for children and youth.

She acknowledged her call into the ministry in 2003 and delivered her first sermon in September. Mrs. Jones’ goal for children and youth ministry is to enhance their lives through music, puppetry and the arts for the glory of God.

Upon retiring, Pastor Jones and Minister Sallie Jones plan to move to Alabama.  We will certainly miss them both! 

Union Missionary Baptist Church
500 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Lansing, MI 48915
(517) 485-7705


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