In 1939, CHARLIE WILLIAM HORNES in obedience to the call of God in his life, began preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. For many years, he was associate minister at the Israel Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. Edmond D. Meade. On April 5, 1943, he was officially ordained to the gospel ministry. In 1955, Rev. Hornes organized the Triumph Missionary Baptist Church in a house on Exeter Street. In 1958, Triumph moved to a new location on Federal Street, but soon outgrew that location and in 1959 moved to 1605 N. Greenmount Avenue. The Lord really blessed Triumph, and as time went on members came and left, but God continued to bless Triumph. We believe His will was to “Triumph Onward.” For many years, Rev. Hornes led Triumph on through sunshine and rain with his precious wife whom we lovingly call Queen Mother, standing by his side, praying and believing that God’s will would be done.
In June of 1987 at the age of 89, Rev. Hornes retired from pastoring, and was led to reach out and find a man to continue to carry on his vision. The Lord lead him to the Cathedral of the Living Word pastored by the late Rev. Eugene Glover, where he found Rev. Pompey H. Swann. Rev. Swann consented to come and continue the work of the ministry. He now continues to lead Triumph on. Thank God for the life of these two people. Rev. Charlie Hornes and Queen Mother Josephine Hornes now sleep. They both have left us a legacy of prayer, praise and worship. In the words of Mother Hornes, “If you miss us from praying down here, and you can find us no where, come on up to Mt. Zion, we’ll be waiting up there!” They are truly missed.