Marin’s First Missionary Baptist Celebrates 70th Anniversary


The 70th Anniversary of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Marin City ended with a celebration of gospel music. The program took place at the church at 501 Drake Ave. on Friday night, Nov. 14.


The event was a musical tribute to Roberta Lofton Hayes who passed away on Sept. 17. She was a member of “The Sacred Hearts,” one of the pioneering gospel groups in the South.

Hayes was also Felecia Gaston’s mother. At the church, Gaston gave away a CD: “Roberta Lofton Hayes – An Anthology of Spiritual Hymns,” on which Hayes sings the hymns, including “Amazing Grace,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Just As I Am” and “Old Rugged Cross

Hayes touched the lives of many people and viewed her life as a spiritual journey. Her focus and purpose in life was her passion and commitment to the Lord.

The first half of the film documentary “Gospel,” was presented, featuring performances of James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir, Walter Hawkins & Family, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Shirley Ceasar and Twinkie Clark and the Clark Sisters.

David Robinson and the Spiritual Keys performed later that evening. Robinson is pastor of the Lily of the Valley Baptist Church in Berkeley. Robinson’s daughter Zipporah, his sister Deborah Cooper and the band belong to the Spiritual Keys.

Mack Rankin also performed with the Spiritual Keys as a vocalist.


The Spiritual Keys said they enjoyed performing that night and want to come back to Marin City to perform again.


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