45th WAY is our version of United Way to assist individuals with resources when hardships arise. All benevolence requests are reviewed by an internal committee which follows guidelines approved by the church body. The committee is appointed by the Pastor and meets as the need arises. Request Assistance

BETHESDA (House of Mercy)

The Bethesda Ministry is an In-Reach fellowship which provides visitation and prayer to individuals who are homebound due to sickness, or injury, hospitalized, in a rehabilitation facility or nursing home. The ministry meets one Saturday per month. If you interested in volunteering for this ministry, please contact us.


This is a college/career support ministry. The Leader in this ministry will help students prepare for college by hosting ACT prep, assisting with college applications and under some circumstances college visits.  For those who choose not to attend college career counseling and job readiness skills are taught. To assist with this ministry, please contact us.


The non-profit 501(c)3 organization created to host the annual Summer Camp Celebration and other activities.


We believe we have to meet kids where they are and begin to teach them in ways they can easily understand.  This ministry team develops creative learning opportunities for the children. The ministry is designed for grades K–5. The sessions are taught on the first and third Sundays of each month during Morning Worship services. If you are interesting in volunteering for Revelation Station, please contact us.


The church has invested in all current forms of technology as an enhancement for the worship experience.  All sermons are projected on large screens and delivered in power-point format. There is a fully functioning computer lab with 15 computers for use by members. The church also has a Facebook page and Twitter account.  Assistance is needed in all areas of technology, sound, visual, camera operators, CD/DVD assistant, webpage assistant, and social media assistant. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.


This Ministry allows members to utilize their cooking skills to support the church.  There are various activities which required culinary support, such as Mid-Week Family Dinners prior to Bible Study,  after funerals, and at various annual fellowships. Any member can volunteer to serve in the Culinary Arts Ministry. All volunteers are asked to complete the Food & Safety Preparation, offered by the Jefferson County Department of Health. If you wish to volunteer, please visit the Jefferson County Department of Health Website.


This ministry was created for all training at the church.  All new leaders, teachers, Deacons in Training, ministry participants must enroll in classes through this arm of the church.   Sessions are done by the senior pastor and experts inside and outside the church.


The church has the following recreational opportunities:

  • Fit4newlife (Aerobics Classes)
  • Celebrants (Softball)
  • Crimson Pride (Flag Football)
  • Halle Hoopers (Basketball)
  • Holy Rollers (Bowling)

Contact us to participate in any of these ministries.


H.U.G.S. is the umbrella organization which helps put a face on our efforts to ensure  dynamic worship.  These individuals are always ready to ensure that you have an enriching experience at the church that is striving to be “the friendliest church from the parking lot to the pulpit.”

The acronym stands for the following:

Hospitality—Our Hospitality committee works together to provide a feeling of warmth to every individual that enters the church. They provide everyone with a handshake or hug, and a smile.

Ushers—Our Ushers help maintain order during the services. They are responsible for allowing entrance to the sanctuary and evacuation in case of emergencies. They also assist people with their varied needs during worship services.

Greeters—Our Greeters work together to provide a feeling of warmth to every individual that enters the church. They provide everyone with a handshake or hug, and a smile.

Safety & Security—Our Safety & Security mnistry adds to the worship experience by helping to identify adequate and accessible parking. The members of this ministry work along with the official security officers (off-duty Birmingham Police Officers) and patrol the premises during all worship services and events to ensure the safety of those present.

If you wish to become a part of our H.U.G.S. Ministries, please contact us.


The mission of the Prison Ministry is to bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, and to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. If you wish volunteer, please contact us.


Forty-fifth Street has a number of Missionary Groups and cooperates with all District and State Missionary Organizations. The following are available for participation:

  • Senior Women
  • Nurses Guild
  • Women’s Ministry
  • Matrons
  • Men’s Fellowship

If you wish join or find out more information, please contact us.


Mature Adult Ministry at 45th Street Baptist Church is more than just people of the same age. It is a group of vibrant adults sharing their passion for the Christian life in all aspects of living. From study groups to travel opportunities, we invite you to join us as we continue to learn and love as Jesus taught us.


Our Motions Ministries are comprised ofstep team, sign language team, mime team, praise dancers, and the puppet ministry. These ministries enhance the cultural arts in church by providing visual demonstrations of God’s love, creativity, and wisdom. This is a structured outreach ministry program that attempts to minister to the needs of children, youth, and young adults through spiritual, physical, educational, and recreational activities. The ministry is not limited to members of the church and is open to all youth who follow the guidelines. To become a member of any of the Motions Ministries, the individual must attend Bible Study and/or Sunday School on a regular basis. There are various opportunities to perform throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in one of the Motions Ministries, please contact us.

Step Team—S.W.A.T. (Servants with a Twist)

Undignified Praise—Adults

Praise Dance—V.O.P. (Vessels of Praise)


Puppets—M.V.P. (Messiah’s Valuable Puppets)



The music ministry is an important component of the worship experience. Our music ministry is led by talented and professionally trained musicians who demand a high quality presentation from the members of each component. This results in a dynamic presentation and a wonderful worship experience.  The following are the various components:

Glory—Adult Choir

The Singing Churchmen—Men’s Choir


Triumph—Young Adult Praise Choir

J.A.M.—Jesus and Me Youth Choir

Membership in any adult choir is open to any member of the church who is at least 14 years of age. Participation in the Singing Churchmen is open to males who are at least 10 years of age. Participation in the youth choir is open to any young person with a vocal interest and a willingness to commit to rehearsals. Members of all choirs should have a desire and willingness to participate in rehearsals and worship opportunities.

THE HEALING TOUCH—Wellness Ministry

The Wellness Ministry is to aid and devote ourselves to the welfare of those we come in contact with through Jesus Christ.

Membership is open to:

  • male or females over 15 years of age
  • members who are interested in nursing or have a nurturing personality
  • members who have completed the Red Cross First Aid course or CPR training

The Nurses Guild hosts a community-wide Health Fair each September


Parent University is an annual outreach ministry to educate families on educational & personal issues and to bring more people to Christ. It serves as a back to school orientation for parents and children. We give school supplies and uniforms to the families who attend and participate.

This event allows presenters to share information about

  • Reading and Math Skills
  • Behavior Modification
  • Drug and Gang Awareness and Recognition
  • Sex Education
  • Interviewing Tips
  • College Admissions Procedures
  • S.A.T. Preparation

We collaborate with other churches in the area. There are various committees formed to facilitate this one day event. Volunteers are needed at least three months prior to the event. If you wish to volunteer for this year’s event, please contact us.

This annual event is held each year before Birmingham City School students return to school.


We are fortunate to have Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at Forty-fifth Street! The Boy Scout Troop has been a part of the church for almost two decades. The Girl Scout Troop 571 is a couple of years old. Both provide an outstanding opportunity for wholesome activities and growth for your children. We have a Tiger Cub Pack, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers. All boys will be required to have a uniform and participate in overnight camping explorations to earn badges. Our Troop, 227, had its first Eagle Scout in 2003.

We are always in need of volunteers. All leaders and volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, complete a background check, and participate in youth protection training. All leaders must be trained through the Greater Birmingham Area Council.


STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) works with second grade children who are reading below grade level in an effort to give those children, who have not been successful in learning to read in first grade, a chance to catch up with their peers. Research shows the optimum time to master reading skills is by the end of second grade.

Each child attends STAIR two days a week and meets with a trained volunteer. The structured lessons engage the student by using phonics, sight words, alphabet review, and games. During the course of the school year, the students develop reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. To date, students who complete the STAIR program improve their reading test scores by an average of 96%. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.


There are two youth ministry groups at Forty-fifth Street Baptist Church. These ministries are designed with today’s youth in mind. They are dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment where children are taught about the love of God. Our belief is that it is important to begin nurturing a child’s faith at birth and continue throughout the formative years.

B.L.A.S.T. (Bible Learning And Spiritual Training) is designed for our younger children, up to the end of fifth grade. This is a place for our children to build and break through the foundations for faith. Throughout the year, various experiences and activities will guide these students as they form relationships with Jesus.

I.M.P.A.C.T. (I’m a Motivated Positive Active Christian Teen) is designed for our students from sixth grade to the end of twelfth grade. The primary purposes for this ministry include: prioritizing personal relationships with Jesus Christ, experience worship and ministry through Christian curriculum in age appropriate settings, and to encourage their peers to do the same. We provide a blend of spiritual growth and life skills based on faith in God and teachings from the Bible.

To ensure that each visit with these ministries is a positive experience, volunteers are always welcome. If you wish to volunteer with any of the activities relating to these ministries, please contact us.

GODS LITTLE ANGELS NURSERY—We have a fully staffed nursery available during all services and special events.  All workers are CPR Certified and trained provide a dynamic environment for children. Of Course, volunteers are always needed. To assist, please contact us.