About us – Co-op City Baptist Church

Church Building Fund

$2,690 of $0 raised


“The doctors said I probably wouldn’t live very long….”  

Our founding pastor, the late Rev. Julius Sasportas, would often share the story of his fragile start in life. But he defied the odds and lived for over 90 years.

Rev. Sasportas’ experience is a metaphor for the Co-op City Baptist Church.

We’ve had to scrape, sacrifice and fight for everything. Although we’ve been knocked down many times, by God’s grace, we have never been KNOCKED OUT.

Any day now, cranes will arrive on the site, and the “digging” will begin!

Our new church edifice will include a state-of-the-art facility to house a comprehensive youth education and recreational program.

But, we can do more things faster for our kids if we’re not in debt. Working in the red is why many large community-based projects shut down. And we will not fail these kids! We need to earn $100,000 in a year.

Kindly donate, and share this link through social media so others can join this effort.

It’s easy to say you want our kids to excel in math, reading, technology and science, but will you actively support such an outcome?

Even if you don’t know us, please do this **(seriously)** …

Pray over your credit card. Then make your donation as a love offering to God. He will bless you for being a blessing to children.  Thank you!

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About us

Welcome to our church

I greet you in the name of Jesus the Christ. We are honored that you have taken the time to visit our website. We pray God’s blessings upon you as you learn more about the Co-op City Baptist Church, our pastor, leaders and ministries.

We are a growing church with a vision for meeting the needs of God’s people. We seek to prepare God’s people for ministry, evangelize the lost and meet the needs of the community. We encourage you to visit our church, attend one of our worship services, Bible study classes, prayer services, or upcoming events. No matter where you are spiritually, it is our goal to be the church, pastor and people that will assist you along your spiritual journey.

1 John 3:2 states, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”.


As we continue to grow spiritually and physically, we pray that God would bless us by having you as a part of our ministry. We look forward to fellowshipping with you in the future.

Our Values

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of the body. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx, New York.  He graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx.  After graduation, he attended C.W. Post College in Greenvale, New York, and received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Academic Scholarship in 1974.  In 1978, he graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Secondary Education.  He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Rev. Dr. Williams was brought up in the Co-op City Baptist Church where he attended Sunday School and was baptized in the Church. As he grew more mature in the Lord, he taught Sunday School and became a walking deacon.

Rev. Dr. Williams was licensed to preach the gospel in October 1984.  He received his Masters of Divinity from the New York Theological Seminary in May 1988, and became an ordained Baptist Minister in November 1988.…Read more

Executive Minister

Rev. Grace M. Emanuel is a born and bred New Yorker, and has lived in the Bronx since the age of two. She is married, is the mother of two sons, and grandmother of two, as well.

Her career training was at the Bellevue School of Nursing, and she has been a licensed registered nurse since 1962. On March 2008, she retired from the position of Assistant Manager of Core Operations/Training at the New York Blood Center.

In 1997, Rev. Emanuel was licensed to preach, and in 2006 was ordained by the Co-op City Baptist Church.  She is the church’s Minister of Christian Education, as well as its Executive Minister under Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams. .…Read more

We continue our mission to build upon our church. We will remain innovative in the teaching, preaching of the gospel, and bring others to Jesus Christ.

Our Ministries

There’s a place for EVERYONE at the Co-op City Baptist Church. Take a look at our broad range of ministries. Where’s your place in the body of Christ? We’ve got something just for YOU! …More

Our History

Rev. Julius Sasportas


The Co-op City Baptist Church was founded by the late Rev. Julius Sasportas on Sunday, November 21, 1971. The first worship service was held at 177 Dreiser Loop, Room 4 at 11:00 a.m. and nine (9) persons joined at that time.

As news of the presence of a Baptist Church spread throughout the Co-op City community, the congregation grew. In the following weeks, a Senior Choir was organized, but due to the fact that we did not have a piano and no funds in which to purchase one, rehearsals were held in the Pastor’s home.

Our First Lady, at the time, the late Sis. Lola Sasportas, purchased the first set of hymn books for the choir. She was instrumental in initiating many of the ministries of the Church.

Our membership grew and we moved to a larger space at 2049 Bartow Avenue, Room 29. Our first major goal to purchase a piano was successfully accomplished through fund-raisers and cheerful donors.
Our Sunday School opened its doors and still continues to serve our youth and adults through classes and activities.

The late Sis. Edith B. Codrington was the first Superintendent. Deacon Joyce Hamilton-Williams is our current Superintendent. Rev. Grace M. Emanuel is our Minister of Christian Education as well as serving as Executive Minister.

The Missionaries were organized in the Spring of 1972 under the direction of the late Sis. Florence Phillips. A Senior Usher Ministry was also established and the late Sis. Lula Thompson was the first President.

In 1973, we moved to our present location here at 135 Einstein Loop, Room 50. During that year, a Trustee Ministry was set up and the Church was incorporated. Since we have resided here, various ministries were organized which included the Deacons Ministry, the Deaconesses Ministry, the Inspirational Choir, the Junior Usher Ministry, the Newsletter Ministry, the Pastor’s Aide Ministry, the Rev. Julius Sasportas Chorus, the Scholarship Ministry, the Willing Workers Ministry, the Youth Choir and we began our Building Fund efforts.

On March 7, 1982, the late Bro. Henry Profit became the Church’s first ordained Deacon. He served faithfully until his death in 1985.

Under the leadership of the late Rev. Sasportas, our membership increased and the Church prospered financially. We began a mini-bus ministry outreach in an effort to further the gospel of Jesus Christ in our Community.

In March 1992, the Rev. Dr. Sheldon E. Williams was elected by the congregation to become the second Pastor of the Co-op City Baptist Church, after the retirement of our Pastor and Founder, the late Rev. Julius Sasportas.

On October 4, 1992, Dr. Williams did become our new Pastor. Under his leadership, the Co-op City Baptist Church has continued to grow spiritually, financially and in membership. Additional ministries have been added under his pastorate such as the Building Fund Ministry, the Care and Support Ministry, the First Lady’s Ministry, where our First Lady, Sis. Marilyn C. Williams is the Advisor, the Fresh Flowers Ministry, the Hospitality Ministry, the “Just For Men” Ministry, the Lay Shepherds’ Pastoral Care Ministry, the Male Chorus, the Mass Choir, the Ministry Presidents, the Nurses’ Ministry, the Praise Dance Ministry, the Praise and Worship Ministry, the Prison Ministry, the Steppers, the Sunrise Choir, the Video and Audio Tape Ministry and the Young Adult Usher Ministry.

In order to service the growing congregation, Dr. Williams began an 8:00 a.m. worship service in September 1995. On April 30, 1997, we purchased property on Erskine Place, here in Co-op City. On November 2, 1997, the property was dedicated. On May 14, 2005, we had our ground breaking service and began planning construction of our new church edifice, to more effectively meet the needs of God’s people.

In September 2005, under the direction of Dr. Williams, the Co-op City Intergenerational Outreach Center was organized and incorporated. The Intergenerational Outreach Center will allow the church to provide the community with even more outreach programs, those especially designed to help today’s youth. The Intergenerational Outreach Center will also implement services which will assist in the proper care of young children, senior citizens and the continuing growth of spiritual education to meet the needs of God’s people both inside and outside the Church.

In the beginning of 2006, the Co-op City Baptist Church, launched its own website, coopcitybaptistchurch.org, where you can go and obtain further information about the church and their upcoming events.

In August of 2008, we began the first stages of construction on our new church edifice and outreach center. We look forward to continuing the work and completing construction in the near future.

In spring of 2009, we began a Wednesday noon day worship service. This service continues to grow and has become a blessing to the community.

On October 18, 2012, our founding Pastor Rev. Julius Sasportas went home to be with the Lord. He will always be remembered as a visionary and a great leader both in the Church and in the community. He is greatly missed.

For several years, Dr. Williams hosted the Principle Centered Living radio show on WMCA 570 on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Williams now hosts the program via the internet at Redeemradiofm.com on Saturday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.

We pray that God will richly bless each and every one of you as you continue to support us in these endeavors …Read More