Following the Word of God delivered through Reverend Dew's passionate preaching and visionary leadership Antioch continued to move forward and gain momentum. Under Reverend Dew?s leadership Antioch established the: Annual Leaders Retreat, Intercessory Prayer Hour, Joyfest (an evangelical outreach effort), Praise Team Ministry, Evangelism Ministry, Ministers Ministry, Visitation Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Christian Education Workshop, Spring Church Revival, Fall Soul-Winning Crusade and Parade, Weekly Church Bible Study, Website, Media Ministry, and the Antioch Community Social Service Agency, Super Sunday, 20/30 Ministry, and others. Believing that ministry meets needs, Reverend Dew challenged and charged each club, board, and auxiliary to adopt "ministry" as a part of its title, as a result, Antioch now embraced the: Mission I Ministry, Mission II Ministry, Jr. Women Ministry, Brotherhood Ministry, Praise Team Ministry, etc. Additionally, Antioch was led to adopt its Church Mission and Vision Statement: "We are united to evangelize, educate, equip and empower humanity for the Glory of God through the proclamation of the gospel, the explanation of the scriptures and the exaltation of the Savior;" Church Vision Statement: To help others realize their full potential for the glory of God; Church Standard: Excellence; and Church Theme: the Fellowship of Empowerment.
Antioch continues to sponsor the development of quality affordable housing in the Englewood community for families, seniors, and the physically challenged. Antioch completed two housing projects that were still on the drawing board from Reverend Daniel?s administration: Prairie Haven Homes and Urbanite Apartments (both for the physically challenged) and forged ahead to complete three additional housing projects: Antioch II, Antioch III, and Normal Parkway.
Antioch was soon led to remodel its building. This project was a major undertaking; the sanctuary remodel alone cost approximately $450,000. The remodel called for the sacrificial giving of its members and once again, Antioch heeded the call and the remodeling project was soon under way. The remodel included the renovation of the main sanctuary, kitchen, cafeteria, banquet hall, Marguerite Daniel room, W. N. Daniel Fellowship Hall, Robert Wells Chapel, restrooms, offices, and first floor meeting rooms. Antioch's Roberson Learning Cultural Center was also remodeled and fitted with computers. Antioch was then led to enhance its technology and upgraded its sound system and recording devices. In addition, a big screen and projector were purchased for the purpose of enhancing the teaching and preaching ministry and the worship service in general. Plans are underway to build a Technology Center.
Leadership roles for women in the church were soon broadened in new and exciting ways, in January 2008, Joyce Barnes was elected the first female trustee of Antioch. On Sunday, May 30, 2011, Antioch formally licensed its first women preachers, Minister Melanee Roper and Minister Charmaine Perry. Antioch continues to place evangelism, missions, and the empowerment of the people of God at the forefront of all that it does. On Sunday, August 7, 2011, Antioch held its first "Be the Church Sunday." This annual event afforded Antioch the opportunity to be the church by conducting street evangelism, nursing home visits, hospital visits, feeding the hungry, etc. following morning worship service. In addition, Antioch continues its longstanding affiliation and partnership with the North Woodriver District Association, Illinois Missionary Baptist State Convention, National Baptist Sunday School and Baptist Training Union Congress, and the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America.
Like a phoenix the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church continues to rise and move forward in faith. One thing is certain- the church triumphant is alive and well. "And I say also unto thee? upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" - Matthew 16:18