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Pastor Emeritus Charles Hampton was the first child of nine born to proud Clyde Hampton, Sr. and Annie Lou Jones-Hampton on December 20, 1934 in Okolona, Mississippi. He received his early education in the Mississippi Public School System prior to moving to St. Louis, Missouri as a teen. During his early years in Mississippi, he confessed a hope in Christ and was baptized at Poplar Springs C.M.E. under the leadership of the late Elder John Blue. In 1947 at the age of 13 his parents, seeking to enrich the lives of the family packed up and moved to St. Louis, Missouri. They immediately ensured the family had the covering of God by uniting with Parish Temple A.M.E. under the leadership of Elder Rance Schultz. Pastor Hampton completed his educational journey in the St. Louis Public School System and after graduation went to work at General Motors. Pastor Hampton was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Annie; his brothers Clyde Hampton, Jr. and Allen Lee Hampton; his sister Mamie Louise Bradley; his son-in-law Clinton Hutchins; his grandson Damar Elijah Reyes and loving wife Lady Loreen Hampton.
The Family Man
In 1956, he united in holy matrimony to Jonetta Townsend and the union was blessed with three children, Roshel, Charles and Lester. Pastor Hampton worked hard to take care of and rear his family; however, this season of his life came to an end. Although this season had passed he continued to work tirelessly to provide for his children, kept the faith, served the Lord and wait patiently on the rib God had for him. Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” His patience and faithfulness was rewarded when he met married his forever bride the late Lady Loreen Hampton. In 1960 they were joined together in holy matrimony and were blessed with three children Steve, Carla, and Keith. The holy trinity followed Pastor Hampton as each time God gave him children they were represented The Father, The Son, and The Holy ghost. For 49 years this union was blessed with love, laughter, service, prayer and faith until the Lord called Lady Loreen home.
The Working Man
Over the course of his life Pastor Hampton exemplified hard work. He committed 30 plus years to Sam’s Packing House serving the families and community of North St. Louis City not only with quality meats, but with advice, guidance and prayers until he retired in 2009. Pastor Hampton was known for having multiple jobs. Nothing was too much when it came to taking care of his responsibilities. While working as Sam’s, Pastor Hampton was also a loyal employee until his retirement at Clean-Tech. Having a strong work ethic that was instilled in him at a young age fueled his entrepreneurial spirit which led him to become part owner of Franklin’s Farmers Market. It was important that his family as well as the families in the communities he served had fresh, quality meats and produce. Pastor Hampton even worked in radio starting out at W.C.B.W. in 1978 before moving over to K.I.R.L a station owned by his cousin the late Bill White to co-host Meditation Time with the late Deacon J.D. George and Bishop Arthur Kelley. He was nicknamed “The Jr. Jock” by the veterans because he was a rookie to the airwaves. Being in radio increased his passion for traditional gospel music, especially quartet gospel music. This led to his affiliation with The Victory Aires and The Boone Singers two prominent quartet groups in St. Louis. His hard work and dedication to the radio listeners earned him a Certificate of Recognition for attaining special honor of excellence in Gospel Ministry. Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
The Man of God
Pastor Hampton always had a relationship with the Lord. Growing up and through part of his adulthood he worshipped under the African Methodist Episcopal church. He later transitioned to the Baptist faith when he united with New Whitestone Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor R.L. Surrette. While at New Whitestone, Pastor Hampton was dedicated to serving the Lord and the Shephard God assigned over his life. During his time as a lay member a new leader, Rev. Earnest A. Davis was installed as pastor. On many occasions as a lay member you could find him at the church working, cleaning, shining the floors, managing the sound, installing PA systems, basically doing whatever needed to be done in the house of the Lord. Under the leadership of Pastor Davis, he moved from lay member to becoming an ordained deacon, a Sunday School teacher and then Sunday School Superintendent. I Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
In 1984, after many years of serving the Lord in these different capacities he heard and accepted the call from the Lord to preach and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while building the Kingdom. After accepting his calling, he went on to prepare to deliver his first message and on February 19, 1984 speaking from St. John 6: 25-27, and the sermon title was “Why Do You Seek Jesus?” Three years after delivering his first sermon on May 24, 1987 he was ordained at New Whitestone M.B.C. by Pastor Davis. As an ordained minister Pastor Hampton was a dutiful servant of God and of Pastor Davis as the assistant pastor. Under the tutelage of Pastor Davis, he was introduced to the Berean District Baptist Association and the National Baptist Convention. He would attend conventions, annual session, and classes in order to absorb all the knowledge he could about Kingdom building. His service was not confined within the walls of New Whitestone. With the blessings of his pastor, he would bring the word of God every 2nd Sunday at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Walter Nunn was the pastor. He would also conduct the church’s annual Watch Night service. Pastor Hampton was faithful in his assignment, completing the work of the Lord until God chose to reward his faithfulness by elevating him to a Shephard over his own flock.
In 1991, Pastor Hampton was sent to cover the sheep of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kinloch, Missouri. As the Lead Servant he touched countless lives, created precious yet priceless memories through scripture, sermons, bible study, prayer and counseling just to name a few. He witnessed many generations of families grow, graduate, get married, as well as transition. Having a true heart for his people Pastor Hampton was there to celebrate, congratulate, pray, laugh, cry or mourn with the people of God assigned to him. So many members had stories, memories and kind words to sharesuch as: “When he was voted in as pastor they’d never seen a person receive 100% of the congregational vote.” “When Pastor Hampton assumed leadership of Metropolitan it was a church divided. However, under his leadership he united the church and brought Love back to the church.” “He was a friend, a peacemaker, and most of all a man among men!”
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Emeritus Hampton accomplished many great milestones. The most noted is the Mortgage Burning in March of 1996, a feat accomplished within 9 years of obtaining the mortgage to build. The list of accomplishments in itself could be its own book if trying to capture everything done by this great Man of God. With his leadership and guidance the church was able to:
• Trained and Coordinated the ordination and installation of Metropolitan Deacons
• Established the Sunshine Ushers Unit
• Established the Deaconess Board
• Purchased and paid for new church van
• Organization of Boys to Men Fellowship (trained young boys to be Godly men)
• Organization of Student Scholarship Fund (assist/encourage our youth to continue theireducation)
• Established tutoring and mentoring for the children and youth
• September 1999 blessed with the lease purchase of additional land from the St. Louis Airport
• Organization of annual Women's Retreat
• Organization of new Members Training Classes
• Building of downstairs office
• Lighting installed on parking lot
• Newly paved parking lot
• Purchased new sanctuary doors for the inside and front entrance
• Installed new carpeting in sanctuary
• Purchased new computer and copier
• Purchased new seating and appliances for the kitchen
• Installed new church sign
• Organization of MMBC Outreach Ministry (provided back to school supplies for the community, donated Thanksgiving & Christmas baskets, blankets/fans/food to Rev Rice)
• New air conditioning units installed
• Increased Membership
In 2015 when Pastor Hampton decided that it was time for him to relinquish the pulpit and retire from pastoring. When his health started to decline and although he was retired, he remained faithful to the church until the Lord called him home. Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Metropolitan honored him with a retirement service at which time they unveiled the newly renamed Hampton fellowship hall and bestowing upon him the title of Pastor Emeritus Charles Hampton.
From Labor to Reward
On July 29th, our gracious Lord looked down and saw his child and said, “Thy Good and Faithful Servant Come on Home.”
He leaves to cherish his memory 6 children ~ Roshel Hampton, Charles Hampton, Lester (Fermetha) Hampton,Steve Hampton, Carla (Tyrone) West, and Keith Hampton all of St. Louis; 3 brothers ~ John (Yvonne) Hampton, Stanley Hampton, and Delbert (Jacqueline) Hampton; 2 sisters ~ Burla (Kenneth) Pitts and Marjorie (James) Key all of St. Louis; 3 grandchildren ~ Mateyas Hampton, Angelica Hutchins, and Regina Hutchins; 4 great-grandchildren ~ Brianna Hampton, Lavell Gordon, Nasiah Holland, and Mateyas Hampton, Jr.; 2 great-great grandchildren ~ Shariyah Arnett and Aubrey Arnett; and 1 goddaughter Tyra Denise; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.