Location: Kensington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
16 Oct 1873: Cornerstone laid for new chapel at 2055 E Dauphin St (between Amber and Coral streets). Neighborhood is now known as East Kensington/Fishtown.
The first pastor was Rev. George L. C. Hanna, formerly of Mount Zion Baptist Church (later Frankford Avenue Baptist Church), and most initial members, consisting of a roll of 90 names, came over from that church.
By 1902 the building was empty, at which point it was occupied by the Kensington branch of the Free Library, until it moved in 1953. 
Afterward, the church building was demolished. The lot remained vacant until 2019; between 2019 and 2021, an addition to an adjacent rowhouse at 2053 E Dauphin was built on part of the lot.
- George Ledlie Carson Hanna, 1873-1875
- Silas Porter Pendleton, 1875-1876
- Clarence A. Adams, 1877-1883?
- William Williams Dalby, 1883-1889
- Orlando Thomas Steward, 1892-1894
- George Boddis, 1894-?
- An obituary of George Boddis says Messiah Baptist was in Manayunk rather than Kensington; was this a different church/location, or an error in the obituary?
- ↑ Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 Oct 1873, p.2. https://www.newspapers.com/image/167951303/
- ↑ https://www.newspapers.com/image/167951531/
- ↑ https://libwww.freelibrary.org/digital/item/47560
- ↑ https://www.ourfamtree.org/records/ministers.php?state=PA&county=Philadelphia-Co&place=Philadelphia%2C-Messiah-Baptist-Church
- ↑ https://www.newspapers.com/image/167956187/
- ↑ https://www.newspapers.com/image/53238936/
- ↑ https://www.newspapers.com/image/53782929/