In November 1973, Rev. J. L. Sanders accepted the called as Pastor of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Under the leadership of Pastor Sanders a new building was completed in 1980. Since then the membership has grown from 35 to 350 plus members. The church has been blessed with acquiring additional properties, which enabled the expansion of a parking lot. Along with the new edifice the Lord blessed us in being able to remodel the old building converting it into the V.J. Nious Fellowship Hall named in honor of Rev. V.J. Nious a former pastor. Pastor Sanders also established the Bus Ministry in effort to support the Mission of the Church. The J. L. Sanders Youth Choir was also formed and named in honor of Pastor Sanders. Through 33 years of pastoral guidance, and 43 years of spreading the Gospel in ministry. The Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, the San Antonio area, and surrounding communities have truly been blessed through the message and service of Pastor Sanders.