The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870


Our Vision

“Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

The 2015 Myrtle Baptist Church Vision

The Michael Brown / Trayvon Martin / Eric Garner Light Project


7 Pillars of the 2015 Myrtle Baptist Church Vision

1. Spirituality


  • Unapologetic focus on the life, ministry, and love of Jesus Christ
  • Illuminating Bible Studies
  • Intriguing Sunday School Lessons
  • Fasting and Consecration Week
  • Diverse liturgical worship
  • Ash Wednesday and Lenten Rededication Season
  • 6 am Prayer Calls
  • A renewed focus on Worship and Praise at home and church
  • Women’s Retreats
  • Couples Retreats and Gatherings
  • Educational and Encouraging Sermons
  • Online KISS Bible Studies and YouTube Series
  • The Myrtle Summer Institute for Christian Learning
  • Evangelism and New Members Education
  • Spring Revivals
  • Spiritual Retreats

    2. Community Involvement and Social Action

  • Black Lives Matter Protests and Prayer Vigils
  • Working with law firms to provide spiritual support and to stand in solidarity with victims of racial profiling
  • Collaborating with the Brookview House of Dorchester, The Boston City Mission Society, and the Religious Leaders for the Refugees of the Long Island Shelter organization.
  • Providing Volunteers for the Boston Warm Day Shelter for the homeless
  • The Sunday School MLK Day of Service
  • Howard Haywood Lecture Series

    3. Poverty Intervention


  • Co-Hosting 2016 Boston Metro Conference on Poverty and Racism with the City Mission Society
  • Continued partnership with Meals on Wheels
  • Partnership with the Newton Mayor’s Office as a drop off site for non-perishable goods
  • Collaborate with both government and private sectors like Campbell Soup during the food drive and Burlington Coat Factory during the coat drive
  • Daughters of Myrtle Diaper Drive
  • Diaconate grocery cards drive for those in need
  • Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
  • Christmas Toy Drive
  • Winter Coat Drive
  • Usage of the Diaconate Benevolence Fund
  • Partnering with the Newton Mayor’s Office to create 800 units of affordable housing
  • Breaking Ground on Myrtle Village LLC

    4. Addressing the Achievement Gap

  • Partnering with Newton North High School to serve as the official sponsor of their Dover Legacy Scholars Program which offers support to minority students
  • Providing volunteers and funding for summer excursions and academic camps for children of the Brookview House of Dorchester
  • School supply and book bag drives for the youth
  • Youth ministry book exchange to encourage reading amongst minority youth

    5. Prison Outreach

  • Our inmate-mentoring ministry will aid inmates in five Massachusetts state prisons to complete a college degree while they are incarcerated

    6. Addressing Racial Inequality


  • Co-Host a town hall meeting on racial inequality with the Chief of Police of Boston, Harvard Law Professor, President of the NAACP Boston Chapter, the Suffolk County Sherriff, and other community leaders to address racial profiling in the Boston metro area
  • Partnering with Newton’s Chief of Police to diversify the Newton Police force by hiring more African American officers and personnel
  • Partnering with religious groups, non-profit organizations, elected officials, and private sectors to combat social and cultural inequalities, build affordable housing, and promote the social justice initiatives of the African American, Latino/a, and LGBT communities

    7. Giving

  • It is our desire to increase our weekly tithes and offerings in order to cover all of our operational expenses and support all of our outreach initiatives.

  • 2014-2015 Church-Wide Spiritual Philanthropy Calendar

    Myrtle will continue to be involved in some capacity in City Mission Society’s annual events for the duration of 2014. In 2015, we will launch the Spiritual Philanthropy 3.0: The Myrtle Baptist Church Michael Brown / Trayvon Martin Light Project. Again, we will let you know which events and activities we will participate in as a church-wide community and how you can get involved. The involvement is not just for adults. We want our youth to participate as well!

    September – October 2014: The COAT BOSTON program collects and distributes over 1000 coats to underserved youth in the Greater Boston area. This initiative is to begin the first week of September to accommodate delivery time to City Mission Society.
    Coordinator: Oyama Leqela

    November 2014: Myrtle will host a TURKEY DRIVE for the Thanksgiving holiday. Gift cards and monetary contributions will be made toward the purchase of turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner for families in need. Nonperishable foods will also be collected.
    Coordinator: Mercedes Tompkins

    December 2014: The CMS CHRISTMAS SHOP TOY DRIVE works to provide gifts for low-income families and their children. CMS collects and sorts new Christmas items for distribution to over 3000 people. There are opportunities to donate and to volunteer. This is a service opportunity for all ages.
    Coordinator: Tamara Sheard

    January 2015
    : The annual MYRTLE SUNDAY SCHOOL MLK DAY OF SERVICE AND LEARNING, honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., brings together almost 200 volunteers assigned to sites around the city to do volunteer work and ends with a celebration luncheon.
    Coordinator: Elaine Thomas

    February 2015: DAUGHTERS OF MYRTLE DIAPER DRIVE collects and distributes diapers.
    Coordinator: Paulette Jones

    April 2015: During the annual GREAT AMERICAN BOOK DRIVE, CMS collect books of all kinds to benefit the Russell School of Dorchester and the Prison Book Program.
    Coordinator: Evelyn McMullen

    June 2015: Myrtle will sponsor a CANNED FOOD DRIVE to collect canned goods to benefit local food pantries and homeless shelters.
    Coordinator: Minister Inez Dover

    PDF: Download Myrtle’s 2015 Vision Book by clicking below.

    VIDEO: The Black Lives Matter movement through the lens of the Biblical prophets by Reverend Reed.

    AUDIO: Two sermons by Reverend Brandon T. Crowley – “When Our Race Causes Us to Be Treated Like a Dog” and “Jesus, Treyvon, Eric and Michael: A Change is Gonna Come.”

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