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The Eighth Street Baptist Church, formerly known as Rose Hill-Eighth Street Baptist Tabernacle,  was organized by Rev. Thomas Knapper in 1885. Eighth Street is the fourth oldest Black Baptist Church in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas. Rev. Knapper served as pastor of the church for a short time. During the following 15 years six pastors served.  
In 1900, the late Rev. D. Ballard Jackson served for the next thirty-six years. A fire destroyed the church in 1917. The members carried only $4000 fire insurance. After the fire, church meetings were held at the Masonic Hall on Eighth and Washington Blvd. Members made pledges of $25.00 including Pastor Jackson. Work on the third house was soon begun. In fourteen months and three days, the structure was finished and on Sunday, June 23, 1918, they went into the new edifice for service.
Dr. I. H. Henderson, Sr. led the church from 1937 to 1985. Under his administration the church prospered spiritually, physically and financially. Renovation, Restoration and Remodeling added to the fiscal value of the church. Two major building projects in 1971 and 1983 and a second parsonage for the Co-Pastor was purchased and remodeled. A Church Van was purchased in 1978. The   I. H. Henderson Educational Building was built, furnished and had its mortgage paid during this period.

Dr. T. M. Preston was Co-Pastor from 1966-1986 and Pastor from 1986-1994, following the legacy of evangelism, teaching, denominational and community leadership.

Dr. Larry B. Williams was Pastor from 1995-2002. During his tenure there was a facility renovation, which included a new elevator, bus, new restrooms, and new choir chairs.

Eighth Street has a rich heritage and legacy of teaching the gospel and preaching excellence. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we work together for the common good. We thank God for the many blessings. He has bestowed on us.