By Tricia Hall
The Truth Reporter
The corner of Monroe and Lawrence was filled with music and singing as the congregation of United Missionary Baptist Church celebrated the 20th Pastoral Anniversary of Reverend Robert G Bass and First Lady Reverend Anita Bass.
The festivities began with Sunday morning service and continued with an afternoon service at 2705 Monroe Street in Toledo with the theme, “The Work I’ve Done Speaks,” from Romans 8:28. The afternoon service welcomed Bishop John Williams, pastor of River of Life Church in Toledo and the congregation.
Rev. Troy Brown of United MBC served as the worship leader and led various portions of the service including the scripture reading, pastoral tribute and offertory prayer. The service opened with traditional hand clapping praise and worship selections, followed by the processional of Pastor Robert Bass who was escorted by Deaconess Mary Hawkins and First Lady Reverend Anita Bass who was escorted by Deacon John Hawkins.
River of Life Church sang two soulful selections and Bishop John Williams, pastor of River of Life Church in Toledo, delivered the proclamation of the Gospel.
Reverend Robert Bass become the senior pastor of United Missionary Baptist Church 20 years ago. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Bass and First Lady Bass have three children and three grandchildren. Pastor Bass is in the final stages of completing his doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership degree from Grand Canyon University. He is also the director of Business and Program Development at Owens Community College and Zepf board member.