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About Our Pastor 


Reverend Ronald Covington was born to Aline Covington on May 20, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Indianapolis in 1957.  He accepted the call to preach in 1978 and became Assistant Pastor of Friendship in 1989. In 1995, after six years of dedicated service, he was called as Pastor of Friendship and has continued to convey a strong desire for serving his church members, other churches and organizations and the Indianapolis community at large. 

During his Pastoral tenure, Pastor Covington has been a pillar in the community on which many in the Haughville and other surrounding areas of the city and state can rely, with venues and services including Friendship Westside Charities, Friendship Christian Academy and Childcare, the Arthur Johnson Scholarship Fund, and Friendship Westside Center 4 Excellence, as well as Friendship’s Annual Empowerment Institute, where people are taught and guided to do the Will of God and receive a blessed word through a nightly revival.  

With all that he does, Pastor Covington is most passionate about being a loyal servant of God, a devoted husband and a caring father. Without the love, support and encouragement of his beautiful wife, Sis. Kim Covington- who is an awesome Woman of God and a wonderful help meet for Pastor Covington, along with his children: Ronald, Jr, Rev. Rick, Rhea and Cameron, and his six grandchildren, he would not be able to give of himself and serve the people of Indianapolis and Indiana in the way that he does.


The Friendship family is exceptionally blessed to be under the humble and modest leadership of Pastor and Sis. Kim Covington. 

About Our assistant Pastor 


Pastor Lathaniel Harrell Jr. accepted Christ at the early age of 8 years old at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Stacey R Shields. Pastor Harrell accepted the call from God and preached his initial sermon July 28, 1996. He was ordained April 19, 1998. His calling and ordination occurred under the leadership of Pastor Ronald Covington Sr, the senior pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Harrell served Pastor Covington faithfully for 12 years until he was called to serve as the pastor of Irvington First Baptist Church in Indianapolis for 5 years.


Being led to start a new work, Pastor Harrell planted Logos Baptist Assembly where he pastored nine years until he accepted the position of Assistant Pastor of his home church, Friendship, where he currently serves. Pastor Harrell is passionate and has a unique way of preaching and teaching the word of God. He is a loyal and faithful servant of Christ. Pastor Harrell is a devoted husband to his lovely wife Yolanda Harrell, and a caring father to his four children Tresana’e Harrell, Oshana’e Harrell, NaJae’e Harrell, and Lathaniel Harrell III, and bonus-children Erick Pruitt and Halen Stonewall.

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