In September of 1979, Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 2039 Forstall Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117 was in search of a new Pastor, to replace the late Rev. Louis J. Jackson, Sr. Rev. Edmond G. Prevost, Sr. became the new Pastor. Because of differences that could not be reconciled, the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church split. Rev. Prevost along with 150 members sought a new church shelter. April 22, 1980, the name 1st Thessalonians Missionary Baptist Church, became official and membership was 350 and growing. Rev. Prevost & 1st Thessalonians purchased a piece of land located at Caffin and Burgundy for $50,000 on January 18, 1980, where groundbreaking services were held. On October 31, 1981, additional property located at 5515 Dauphine was purchased at a cost of $20,000. That property was fully renovated to serve as a multi-purpose building. On August 25, 1983, plans and costs were submitted. On June 3, 1984, 1st Thessalonians Missionary Baptist Church was dedicated.
From the ministry of 1st Thessalonians Missionary Baptist Church, 5 churchs have been planted. In 1994, the Department of Education awarded a $10,000 multi-cultural library, a $10,000 computer lab, a five-day after school tutoria grant and a summer enrichment camp.
In 2001, the church was awarded a $5,000 grant to initiate a church wellness program to track the physical health of its congress and others in the community.
In 2004, PBS along with the Ringing Rock Foundation filmed a documentary called “Full Circle Journey Back To Gospel” which tells the story of Jazz musician, Kim Prevost-Solley, daughter of Rev. Edmond G. Prevost Sr. ”Journey Back To Gospel” became an annual event at different partner churches until Hurricane Katrina.
in 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated 1st Thessalonians Missionary Baptist Church. Members lives were claimed by Hurricane Katrina and 1st Thessalonians would like to keep them in prayer. Also, Thessalonians’ place of worship was hit hard and is still in transition for what GOD has in store.