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Church of the Messiah

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Church of the Messiah is a non-traditional Episcopal church located in the Island-View area of the City of Detroit.  The church is a multi-racial congregation that consists of 60% black males under the age of thirty.  The church has a community-oriented mission with several ministries developed to empower residence with not only spiritual but also entrepreneurial skills to assist them with enhancing the quality of life for themselves and the surrounding community.  Some of the ministries include AIM HIGH a male mentoring program, BH Bike shop, I Am media productions, New Work Leather a custom leather crafting company, Share Network Access Point a job readiness skills program, BLVD Harambee Empowerment Center Computer Lab that provides computer users training and a silkscreen material printing lab. 

Church of the Messiah is 142 years old and has been in its current location for the last 115 years.  The church also has a Housing Corporation that manages 220 units of affordable housing.


Worship times

12:00 pm
10:00 am
BLVD Harambee Empower Center: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday following Worship Service
10:00 am
BLVD Harambee Empower Center: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday following Worship Service

Volunteer opportunities

One time opportunities
Ongoing commitment opportunities



Faith Formation

The Aim High Male Mentoring Program is one component incorporated to give youth ranging in age 6-18 years old and outlet to express concerns or issues that they tend to face on a daily basis.

The purpose is to target males age 9 - 18 years old and allow them to be exposed to education, tutorial and recreational fundaments.

The voice of the youth is the essence of Church of the Messiah programs, their ideas and energy is essential to our effort to make a supportive place for them.

At the same time, they are allowed to maintain a positive outlook towards the future of becoming members of society.

For more information contact the church office and ask to speak with coach Tarry. 313-567-1158


Shelter and Housing

Organized in 1978 to confront the extensive deterioration and demolition of housing in the Island-view Village neighborhood on Detroit's lower east side, CMHC continues to be a stabilizing force in the community.


The mission of the Church of the Messiah Housing Corporation is to engage in housing, community and economic development activities to improve the quality of life on the lower east side of Detroit.


We envision a strong, safe, self-sustaining community where quality, affordable housing and employment opportunities, as well as business enterprises exist.  An area that is well maintained, with a strong sense of community, making this a Neighborhood of Choice for residents of the City of Detroit.


Career Services and Education
Creation Care/Community Gardens
Economic Development
Faith Formation

BLVD Harambee Empowerment Center

“Building Leaders for Village Development”

Harambee is a Swahili word that means all pull together.


BLVD-Harambee created by the members of the Church of the Messiah in response to the issues faced by youth in the neighborhood, such as unemployment, unsafe environments, and a lack of mentorship.

This non-profit organization helps to foster life skills and connect resources for the holistic development of people of all ages in the Island-view neighborhood of East Detroit. 

It also strives to commit to the overall economic development of its community and provide a means for self-sustaining services within the Church of Messiah.

The Empowerment Center includes the following:

·         Computer Lab

·         Employment assistance facility (Michigan Share Network / Detroit Employment Solutions)

·         B-H Bike Shop (bicycle repair and sales)

·         New Work Leather (customer leather crafting)

·         Silk screening

·         Community Garden 

News about Church of the Messiah

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231 E Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48207-3739
United States



Pastor Barry Randolph, Rev. Wally Gilbert, Tamika Hamilton

Organized groups

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Narcotics Anonymous/Twelve Step
Bible study
Daughters of the King
Neighborhood associations
Youth group

Other community groups

5-Alive, Motor City Freedom Riders, RECI,


Black Ministries