Overseer Minister Michael Chapman, Pastor of the St. John Baptist Church and the Gethsemane Baptist Church located in Buffalo, was appointed as the National Chairperson of Economic Development for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. headquartered in Washington, D.C. The appointment was announced by the Rev. Dr. Timothy Steward President at the Progressive annual convention held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in August of 2018.
Overseer Pastor Chapman, who is President and CEO of the Fruit Belt Community Development Corporation, Inc. and developer and author of the 500 Million Dollar Fruit Belt Eastside Buffalo New York Comprehensive Urban Development Model will oversee the economic development phase of the 2.5 million-member Progressive National Baptist Convention Churches with economic development planning.
On January 21st, 2019 on the Historic Martin Luther King Day, Buffalo New York was placed on the international map as Overseer Pastor Chapman and Minister Ina R. Chapman presented the 500 Million Urban Economic Development model at the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., mid-winter board conference in Alexandria, Virginia. That is where the economic plan was voted on and adopted as a social justice model which will be implemented in depressed communities around the world.
Overseer Pastor Chapman stated he will depend on the two Churches, St. John Baptist Church and the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church consisting of two campuses as one village, 16 affiliate corporations, 2400 consultants, independent contractors, loan executives, employees and volunteers to provide the expertise and competency to expand and bring to fruition the Buffalo 500-million-dollar economic model to designated global communities.