Sunnyville United Baptist Church
The first mention of the Sunnyvile Baptist Church appears in the minutes of the 66th Annual Session of the African United Baptist Association.
`By invitation of the Uplift Club of Guysborough, the vice moderator was sent to Guysborough to look inot the matter of organizing a new church. Rev. W.N. States, after calling a meeting of all interested, organized on May 12, 1919, the Morning Star African United Church. Lic. W.B. Thomas was sent to conduct a series of revivals and his efforts with God`s help bore wonderful fruit; 25 were led to Christ and on June 29th, 1919, 16 were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ by Rev. W.N. States. The Morning Star Church now has a membership of 30.`
The church was listed as pastorless in 1919 but the records reveal two deacons: Cranwick Desmond and John Sheppard; three trustees: James C. Skinner, James Dorriington, and Cranwick Desmond; treasurer: Burton Skinner and secretary: Edith P. Skinner.
On Saturday, September 8, 1919 at the third session of the 66th Annual Sesssion of the African United Baptist Association, The Right Hand of Fellowship was given to the Morning Star African Baptist Church.
Past leaders include: Rev. M.P. Montgomery, Rev. A.F. Skinner, REv. Kenneth Tynes, Rev. Wrenfred Byrant, Rev. Peter Paris, Rev. Harold Cornish, Rev. Lional Moriah and Deacon Ira Jewel. The present leader of the church is Deacon Clara Jordan.
reproduced from the Guysborough Journal, Wednesday, June 2, 2010