Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
Serving from the Heart of Harlem since 1932
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Thank you for visiting the website of one of America’s great ambassadors of Christian faith. Since 1932, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem, New York has been a beacon of light, shining brightly across the globe, bringing hope to weary travelers in search of truth.

The hand of God has worked mightily within this congregation to bring Canaan from its humble beginnings, in 1932, to its historic achievements in this present day. My predecessors, the Reverend E.M. Moore and the Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, stood at the helm of this ship for many years. God used both of these men to raise Canaan to become a national model for ministry. Our congregation is gifted with committed, energetic, and spiritual disciples, who continue to bear witness to God’s love through a spirited worship experience, a nurturing fellowship, an effective teaching ministry, and an outreach initiative that continues to transform lives in the Harlem community and around the world.

I invite you to enjoy your visit to our site. Please take time to learn about the many opportunities for spiritual growth that are available for you and your family here at Canaan. And, please log on as often as possible for news and announcements of upcoming Canaan events.

At Canaan, you will discover a diverse demonstration of spiritual gifts. Canaan offers more than 40 ministries where our disciples are encouraged the live out their faith. Further, we are in the process of developing a new, seven-fold vision intended to challenge us to effective Christian service in a changing world. Our vision is to become a national leader among Christian institutions. We are striving to become a Christ-centered and people-oriented congregation, with a global purpose to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This vision will be realized through:

Worship, Christian Education, Fellowship and Prayer



Social Action

Community Development

Financial Integrity

Capital Improvement

These are exciting times. You and I are blessed to be alive and active at a time when new paradigms of the Church are emerging every day. Today, we are called to this shared work of proclaiming the good news of our Lord at a time when people are in search of genuine worship and service. At Canaan, we strive to rightly divide the Word of God and honor the biblical mandates for service. If you are looking for a church home, please consider Canaan. It may be the place where God wants to use you for His glory.

Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr.
Senior Pastor



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