Our Pastor



As the proud pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, I would like to extend a warm-hearted welcome to each and every one of you as you take the time to search diligently through this technological catalyst to encourage, to strengthen, to inspire and to build you up as the Body of Christ.

I fervently pray that each one of you seek the Lord Jesus Christ for the destiny in which He has called you to soundly grip your feet into the foundational substance of faith by reading, studying, talking, and believing the Word of God.


I pray that you rededicate your entire being to the will and purpose of Our Heavenly Father in such a way that you will unwaveringly fight the good fight of faith resting in the strong arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I do not cease to labor in prayer for you each and every day that you come into the full knowledge and understanding of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I also pray that you walk boldly with the assurance of the Holy Ghost that according to 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, Now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” I continue to pray that you take your rightful place of not occupying the premises of a building, but you hold fast to the promises of the Word by standing, and when you have done all to stand, stand therefore.



The Reverend Dr. Emmett S. Aniton, Jr. was born March 8, 1940 to the late Emmett S. Aniton and Mrs. Estella Aniton Woods of Oneonta, Alabama.  He is a product of the educational system of Oneonta.  He graduated from Southside High School in 1959. In 1964, he completed his theological training and received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Selma University of Selma, Alabama. While in the United States Army, Pastor Aniton served a tour in Quinon, Vietnam. 

Later, he matriculated to Alabama A & M University in Normal, Alabama from which he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 1971.  His extensive travels have taken him throughout the United States, Japan, and Korea. Prior to coming to Columbus, Pastor Aniton pastored the First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Alabama from 1966 – 1979. He was given by God to Friendship Baptist Church in November 1978. His pastoral duties began in April, 1979, and he has served willingly and faithfully as our spiritual leader up to the present time. Friendship has experienced tremendous growth spiritually, numerically, financially, and physically under the administration of our divinely led Pastor.

     Pastor Aniton is affiliated with numerous religious, civic, and educational organizations.  They include: 

  • Past Moderator, Mount Calvary District Association
    • Board Member, “A Call To Talk”
      • Board Member, Fourth Street Towers
  • Past President, Mount Calvary Congress of Christian Education
    • Assistant Auditor, General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia???
      • Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
  • Past President, Muscogee County Clergy Association
    • Urban League Of Greater Columbus
      • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
      • Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Past Instructor, American Baptist Theological Seminary (Off Campus)
    • Board of Directors, Pastoral Institute
      • Board of Directors, Liberty Theatre
      • Additional honors for outstanding community service

Besides being a preacher, pastor, teacher, counselor, and a shepherd of the flock, he is a family man. He was married to Dorothy Rigby Aniton (now deceased), formerly of Gadsden, Alabama.  They are the proud parents of Mrs. Rhonda Spears Bell (Vincent), Mr. Emmett Scott Aniton, III., and Mrs. Keisha Aniton Simmons (Derrick).