The vision of Good Samaritan was given to Elder Herbert Robinson , and became a reality after much fasting and praying, on August 31, 1988. Good Samaritan first official service was held at the home of Elder Robinson, 4311 N.16th Street, pending the renovation of its permanent church location at 5422 W. Center Street. The first members in attendance were Elder Herbert Robinson, Mo. Janet Robinson, Joanna and Benjamin, the Pastor’s children, Sis. Bessie Johnson and Sis. Audrey Johnson. Guests and loyal supporters were also on hand in the presence of Sis. Army Bradley and family, along with Bro. and Sis Herb Turman. Bro. Turman served as our Musician. Others that united with Good Samaritan at its conception were: Bro. & Sis. Kenneth Polk, Sis. Ethera Carter and Bro. Robert Blakely.
On September 16, 1988 Elder Robinson was installed Pastor and Founder of Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ. The Prelate of the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin, Bishop J.C. Williams presided. The Installment and the Grand Opening were performed at the 3:30 p.m. service with the Churches in the Jurisdiction in attendance.
Since the opening of Good Samaritan’s doors 23 years ago, it has given spiritual birth, and growth to many souls . The blessing of the Lord has been with us every step of the way. Some of the blessings that the Lord has provided us with are listed below.
Good Samaritan is in the highways and hedges, with its street ministry evolving during 1988 and during 1990 instituted the ordinances of Holy Communion and Foot Washing as given by Christ to the Church.
The Good Samaritan family worked diligently to purchase new pews. In 1991, the members contributed/pledge their amounts and was successful in making full payment upon delivery.
The Good Samaritan choir purchased their first robes in 1992. Also during this year, marks the institution of the Food Program chaired by Mo. Janet Robinson.
The Church overcame great milestones during 1993, 1) Established the Mark Lewis Robinson Scholarship Fund in memory of Pastor’s son, 2) the installation of the Baptismal Pool and completed the remodeling of the lower level. 3) the Church celebrated its Pastor and Wife First Appreciation Service held during their anniversary and, 4) the first Church Shut-In was instituted.
Good Samaritan held its First Baptism Service, there were thirteen (13) baptized September 4, 1994.
In 1995, the Lord blessed the Church with the necessary legal assistance needed therefore putting our affairs in order. God has blessed the order of our Church spiritually as well. He has elevated and set in our midst: Deacons, Deaconesses, Prayer Warriors, and the operation of the gifts of the Spirit for the edifying of the Church. God has shown us additional phases of the vision unfolding before us.
Pastor Robinson was elevated to District Superintendent in the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin March 5, 1995. The Prelate of the Jurisdiction, Bishop J. C. Williams allowed Superintendent Robinson to name the District New Life. The New Life District has five (5) churches. During the year God added to Good Samaritan such as needed.
The Summer Youth Enrichment Program was instituted July 1, 1996. This program received an added blessing as it was recognized in the community which led Marquette University to evaluate the program for use as a national model.
The Mark Lewis Robinson Education Computer lab was launched and opened to the public during the Spring of 1997.
Good Samaritan church purchased property located at 5404-5414 West Center Street in 2000. Good Samaritan’s concern was not only for growth in purchasing property but was spiritual as well. Therefore the Church saw the need to rekindle our hearts along with seeking former members to return to the Lord. Therefore a Shut-in service was held January 2000. It was a night of teaching, praying, singing and praising the Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Elder Samuel Braxton and his wife of Newport News, Virginia came for revival. It was a glorious time, souls were saved and yolks were destroyed. In 2001, ninety two new souls were added to the body. During this same year, the first sponsored Mark L. Robinson Education Graduation Service was held on July 15, 2001.
Pastor Robinson taught a course on the Principles of Leadership during January through May, 2002. All leaders were required to attend and certificates were given out upon completion of the course. The Mother’s Board had its first annual day during the month of April. Mo. Janet Robinson, Mo. Fannie Williams and Sis. Stephanie Ruffin facilitated workshops during the State Pre-Women’s Convention in Green Bay, WI. Mo. Grace Roaf and Mo. Carolyn Davis were added to the Mother’s Board in June. Mo. Davis is the youngest mother to be appointed to the Board.
Benjamin Robinson and Robert Ruffin were honored on a national level for their academic and artistic achievements. Benjamin was chosen as a student ambassador representing the United States in Australia and Robert won several scholarships, one to the nationally know Dance Theatre of Harlem.
The property located at 5404-5414 West Center Street was destroyed by fire July 24, 2002.
The Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ celebrating its 15th year church anniversary. Forty-six new souls were added to the body.
Pastor Herbert Robinson was appointed 3rd Administrative Assistant to Bishop J. C. Williams, Prelate of the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin March 2003. Pastor Herbert Robinson traveled to New York to run a revival in May. He was also able to attend his family reunion and renew old acquaintances. Mo. Janet Robinson was appointed President of the State Credentials Committee by State Supervisor Artaska King. Good Samaritan celebrated Family & Friends Day in September.
One of Pastor Robinson’s prayers was to have the church fellowship with churches in Illinois. His prayers were answered and we had our first fellowship in Illinois with New Grace Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, Chicago, Illinois and New Mt. Calvary Church of God in Christ in Aurora, Illinois October, 2003. Our first combined Christmas Celebration along with special guest “Those Little People” from Illinois. We had a glorious time.
Good Samaritan hosted the Annual Revival in February, 2004. Evangelist Connie Russell, State Y.P.W.W Representative for the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction was our speaker. During March 2004, Pastor Herbert Robinson was elevated from Third Administrative Assistant to Second Administrative Assistant to Bishop J. C. Williams in March. Good Samaritan had its first Gospel Festival on its newly constructed parking lot in July. Minister Benjamin Robinson became a licensed minister in August and he ministered in a three-day, spirit-filled, soul saving youth revival here at Good Samaritan. Our first historic ordination services for Deacons and Deaconesses of which, there were three Deacons and five Deaconesses who received credentials August 29, 2004
Mother Janet Robinson, First Lady went home to be with the Lord March 14, 2005. Minister Benjamin Robinson and Sis. Malita Ashley led the choir in a three day “Empowering Youth” conference July 13-15th. The Men’s Department held its first annual day July 13th and Minister Benjamin Robinson ministered at Tabernacle of Deliverance Church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin August 26th.
The Purity Department first annual day celebration was held on February 19, 2006. The Boys League and Purity Class had their first coed Wisconsin Dells trip with their leaders Deacon Jerome Smith, Sr. and Deaconess Markeitha Smith August 3-5, 2006. Good Samaritan establishes its first Annual Rib Fest August 25 & 26th.
Pastor Herbert Robinson united in holy matrimony to Sis. De’Lonnia Roberson on November 4, 2006. The ceremony was performed by Bishop J. C. Williams, 3rd Jurisdiction Prelate.
Good Samaritan instituted its first ever auxiliary conference (GSAC), conference February 5-10, 2007. The theme “Aiming for the Future through Unity in Faith”. Ephesians 4:12-13. In October, Good Samaritan contracted with the Share and Hunger Task Force Food Programs to assist the church and the low-income community during their times of need. These programs have blessed us to serve over 250+ individuals and families each month.
Good Samaritan first Spring Fellowship with Word of Faith Baptist Church in Dyersburg, TN, under the leadership of Bishop Bobby J. Nesbit, Jr. Pastor was held June 20-22, 2008. God bless Minister Benjamin Robinson to be appointed to State YPWW President by our Bishop J. C. Williams.
Bishop J. C. Williams, Prelate of the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin ordained Minister Jerome Smith, Sr. to the position of Elder in the Church of God In Christ August 9, 2010.
Good Samaritan instituted its first Vacation Bible School August 9-13, 2010. Twenty-two participants ranging in ages 6 to 18 years were in attendance. The first service was held at our new location 5226 West Burleigh, (our yearly shut-in and fast) December 31st.
Good Samaritan Grand Opening Celebration was held January 9, 2011. Bishop Sedgwick Daniels was our keynote speaker. Bishop J. C. Williams our Jurisdictional Prelate was in attendance as well as many other clergy members from other churches. Also in attendance were State Senator Lena Taylor and other political officials, it was standing room only during this event.
The first revival at our new location was held January 26-28, 2011 by Revivalist, Bishop Felton Smith from Tennessee. The first “I Love You Banquet” hosted by Mo. De’Lonnia Robinson in our newly decorated dining room was held February, 2011. Summer Fellowship with Greater St. Mark COGIC from East St. Louis, IL was held the following June. Good Samaritan charted a bus on August 27th to fellowship with Greater St. Mark COGIC in East St. Louis, IL. Our Pastor was the keynote speaker.
2012 was a busy time for Good Samaritan as it had its First Women’s Department Shut-in and Fast service. The Women’s Department also had their first Spa Day. Women were brought in from halfway houses, given facials, manicures, food and the Word of God. In August of the same year we celebrated the community during Get to Know Your Neighbor Day. Our Girls League and Sunshine Band had their first car wash. Lastly, Good Samaritan celebrated it 24th year Church Anniversary. Bishop Darrell Hines, Pastor of Christian Faith Fellowship Church was our Guest Speaker. Forty two new souls were added to the ministry.
Bishop J. C. Williams. Prelate of the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin ordained Minister Zardale Warfield to the position of Elder in the Church of God In Christ January 20, 2013. The service was held at Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ.
Good Samaritan Church was burglarized on May 7, 2013 and all of the office equipment was stolen. Pastor Herbert Robinson spearheaded a banquet to bless State Supervisor Artaska King and it was well attended by the 3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. Good Samaritan celebrated it 25th Anniversary with guest pastors, Superintendent Raymond Davis of the Brotherly District; Bishop Charles McClelland, Northwest Jurisdiction Prelate and Pastor Walter Harvey, Parklawn Assembly of God Church. Fifty-one new souls were added to the ministry.
Good Samaritan Women Department and Y.W.C.C. during 2013 made personal care bags for Lizzy’s Place, a women’s shelter and prepared and served a meal at the Ronald McDonald House where families stayed while their children received medical treatment.
Superintendent Robinson officiated at the formal wedding ceremony of his only son, Elder Benjamin Robinson and Sis. Keyona Amos held at Good Samaritan Church on June 8, 2013. Elder Jerome Smith was appointed Missions President by Bishop J. C. Williams, 3rd Jurisdiction Prelate and held its first meeting at Good Samaritan July 17-20. 2013.
Get to Know Your Neighbor Day, a community event spearheaded by Deaconess Charlotte Warfield was held in August. This day involved bringing the community together to provide necessary resources to assist them during times of need. Everything was free; food, clothing, breast exams, CPR classes, educational resources from how to open a bank account to what to do if your home caught on fire. It was a day of inspiration.
Good Samaritan started 2014 off with fasting and praying. We were able to have a new security system with cameras installed. In July, Good Samaritan families attended the AIM Convention. During this fiscal year, God added 28 new souls to the ministry.. The J. C. Williams School of Ministry was started with Superintendent Herbert Robinson appointed as Dean.
In 2015, our Church Mother, Mother Fannie Williams went home to be with the Lord. We can say without contradiction, that a pure sweet soul as at rest. During this fiscal year, God added 34 new souls to the ministry.
In 2016, Superintendent Herbert Robinson received the Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award. Congratulations were in order as Mo. Laverne Reddic was appointed Mother to serve on the Mothers Board. During this year Good Samaritan was able to have a new heating system installed. In sympathy, Mother Grace Roaf, President of the Mother’s Board demise. She was a dedicated member who loved her Pastor and the welfare of the entire ministry. Lastly, during this fiscal year 21 new souls were added to the ministry.
In 2017, Sis. Gladys Mitchell went home to be with the Lord. She was a precious and valiant woman who would perform any task given to her and did it with great pride.