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Our Pastor

Reverend Marvin E. Wiley, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is the pastor of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church... Read more!

Reverend Marvin E. Wiley, a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is the pastor of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church located in Maywood, Illinois. He made history at Rock of Ages Baptist Church in March 1991 becoming the second pastor in forty years. The Church has experienced spiritual, numerical, and financial growth under his dynamic leadership. Pastor Wiley has several full-time staff members to carry out Church business and operations. The Church' ministries are organized for service under the church’s five cornerstones, exaltation, edification, evangelism, extension, and equipping.

Due to the phenomenal growth the Church has encountered under the leadership of Pastor Wiley, a multi-million dollar Worship Service Facility was constructed at 1309 Madison Street to the glory of God and service of mankind.

Under his leadership, a 501(C) 3 organization, Vision of Restoration, Inc. was organized Vision of Restoration provides education and economic development, mental/social services and career development and enhancement for the community. Under Pastor Wile's innovative leadership, a Spiritual Growth and Development Center – a four-level, multi-million dollar facility opened in November 2004. This 40,000 square foot edifice offers many additional resources for worship, education and business.
His ability to teach and preach has carried him across the country for leadership, stewardship and evangelistic services. Since coming to Maywood, Pastor Wiley has continued to be concerned about evangelism both on a national, state and local level. He served on the executive committee of the corporate board of directors of the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He has also served on numerous civic and community boards during the course of his ministry.

In March 2014, Rev. Wiley celebrated his 23rd Anniversay as the pastor of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church; as well as thirty-two years in the Pastorate. In recognition of his contributions to the communities that he serves, he was recognized in March of 2006 by the Village of Maywood with an Honorary Street Sign that spans the corners of 12th & Madison through 14th & Madison Streets. Pastor Wiley was also recognized in the 2006 inaugural edition of Who' Who in Black Chicago - a publication showcasing the achievements of influential African American leaders in the Chicagoland area. Most notably, Pastor Wiley was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on April 3, 2008.

Rev. Wiley also served the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, as Pastor from 1988-1991. He also served the Pilgrim Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas from 1981-1988. He was ordained in May 1981 at the Eighth Avenue Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where he was also licensed at the age of seventeen and baptized at the age of seven. Pastor Wiley graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1978 and attended Dallas Baptist College in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He is the father of Madilyn Ellise' and Jarrett Ryan and has one grandson, Jarret Ryan Jr.

What We Believe?

This Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice... Read more!

This Church accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, has adopted these statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine. The Scriptures Inspired - The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-35; Hebrews 4:12).

The One True Godhead The triune Godhead is comprised of three separate and distinct personalities, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and functions as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The scriptures declares: His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22) His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38); His substitution work on the cross (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; 2:33; Philippines 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).

The Fall of Man Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).

The Salvation of Man Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind, (Psalms 103:3) being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. "The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).

The Evidence of Salvation The inward evidence, to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. "And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us" (I John 3:23).

Faith and Works Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Acts 16:3; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:12-20; and II Corinthians 5:10).

Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement is "Ministering to the Misery of the Masses with the Mercy of the Master"... Read more!

Our Mission Statement is "Ministering to the Misery of the Masses with the Mercy of the Master." "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:35 NIV).
Ministering We believe that if we are going to have an impact on the Maywood and global community we will have to do so through meaningful ministry. We are mandated to minister to those who are suffering from the ravages of sin, Satan, and self. Our plan is to truly become a mega-ministering ministry. We are told in Ephesians 4:29c that we are to "....minister grace to the hearer."

Misery We sense strongly a need to meet the needs of those who are facing misery and miserable situations. Even though we understand that life holds for all of us some seasonal situations, we want to be there to see people through. The world is filled with people who are facing unemployment, financial difficulties, sickness, mental stress, discouragement, bereavement, addictions, and more that can be classified as misery. There is no corner of the world where misery is not found. It is not relegated to one color, sex, or religious belief. Misery is everywhere. We are told in Ecclesiastes 8:6 that the "misery of the man is great upon the earth."

Masses Even though our target group is the world we have narrowed it down to our homes, neighborhood, community, city, state, nation, and world. We hear and heed the commandment of God to "go into all the world..." Everywhere we go we want to share the love of Christ through telling the world about it. People matter to us because they matter to God. We are told in Matthew 9:36a that "...when Jesus saw the multitude; he was moved with compassion on them..."

Mercy We are ever mindful that it had not been for the mercy of God we would be unsaved today. Because mercy has been given to us we also share that same mercy as we minister to others who are in need. We are called to be conduits of mercy and we know that we will never be truly successful as a church until we show the mercy of God to everyone we meet. In Romans 11:31c, we read these words: "...that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy."

Master Jesus the Christ is the pattern for all that we do. His Word and good works as documented by the Bible is our guide as we seek those who are facing the pains, problems, and perils of life. Our ultimate aim is to bring people to Christ while keeping in mind that for some it may take longer than others. For some the love will shed abroad immediately but for others the light will not shine for years. Jesus is our Master and we are committed to the things that are important to Him. In John 13:13 we read: "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well: for so I am."

Vision Statement

Our Vision Statement is, "We believe God has given us the vision to become compassionate Christians... Read more!

Our Vision Statement is, "We believe God has given us the vision to become compassionate Christians who are empowered by Christ to reach beyond the walls of the Church building to meet the holistic needs of our community."

God has been working through Pastor Marvin E. Wiley since March 1991 to manifest the vision He has set forth for Rock of Ages Baptist Church. Since the Church's inception of September 15, 1950, under the leadership of its initial Pastor, Dr. Thomas H. Wade Sr., the Church has grown spiritually and numerically.

In 1995, God gave Pastor Wiley the vision to build a new edifice to his glory at 1309 Madison Street. Thereafter, Vision of Restoration a 501c3, T. H. Wade Foundation Center, Solid Rock Christian Bookstore, and the Rock Solid Ice Cream Shop were acquired.

Under the direction and leadership of Pastor Wiley, the Church is again positioning itself for expansion, increased opportunities to minister and reach the lost. As members we are co-laborers and partners with the Pastor. Every member will be needed to receive the vision, understand the vision, and share the vision. We believe the best is yet to come. As the Pastor would say, "Don't let us be successful without you." Be a part of the success for Christ!

Ordinances of the Church

Baptism in Water The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures... Read more!

Baptism in Water The ordinance of baptism by a burial with Christ should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4).

The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) "And when He had given thanks he broke it, and said, "This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also he took the cup, after supper saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often you drink it, in remembrance of me. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:24, 25, 28).

Sanctification is a progressive act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1-2; Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). The Scriptures teach a life of holiness "without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: "Be ye holy for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:15-16).

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer born of the Spirit is an integral part of the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

The Ministry A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two – fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, (2) the edifying of the body of the Christ through the maturing and training of believers for ministry (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-12).

The Blessed Hope The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

The Final Judgment There will be a final judgment in which the wicked who are dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the Devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which is the second death. (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15; 21:8).

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