83S30133 JNC-D
  By: Davis of Dallas H.R. No. 10
         WHEREAS, For 125 years, families have come together to
  celebrate their faith at Salem Institutional Baptist Church in
  Dallas; and
         WHEREAS, Established by Father J. S. Sims as a ministry of New
  Hope Baptist Church, Salem Institutional Baptist has played a vital
  role in the community since 1888, providing area residents with
  myriad opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship, and
  community outreach; and
         WHEREAS, The congregation has benefited from the able
  leadership of many dedicated pastors, and today that tradition of
  service continues under the direction of the Reverend Todd Marshall
  Atkins; since his appointment, the church has added a number of
  vital programs to benefit its growing membership; and
         WHEREAS, Salem Institutional Baptist Church has long served
  as a source of inspiration and guidance to those who worship there,
  and its continued existence is a tribute to the unwavering
  commitment of its congregants, both past and present; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature, 3rd Called Session, hereby commemorate the 125th
  anniversary of Salem Institutional Baptist Church and extend to its
  pastor and members sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the church as an expression of high regard by the Texas
  House of Representatives.