The History of Progressive Missionary Baptist Church reflects our committment to God, family and the community.
Starting with the desire of a couple to worship within their community. Richard and Eddie M. Hollins held the first meeting of PMBC in their home on November 29, 1946. A plan was devised to raise funds and purchase land with the assistance of Reverend A.R. Thomas, Reverend L.H. Newsome, and several others. After the purchase of several lots extending from 2323 Powers Avenue to Woodrow Wilson Avenue and the erection of a building, the doors of PMBC opened on April 22, 1947 with Reverend L.H. Newsome as the pastor.
As the membership grew, auxiliaries and other events took place within the ministry such as the 1st Women's Day service, and an ongoing radio broadcast on Sunday evenings. Through a committed effort, PMBC was able to withstand the ups and downs of ministry including the burning of the building which resulted in not only restructuring the sanctuary, but also the addition of a fellowship hall which allowed the ministry to expand its services and commitment to the community.
Growth took place not only in membership but also in the transition of leadership. Reverend A.L. Barnes became pastor in 1968, leaving in 1970 to establish his own ministry. Pastor O.B. Burgess then led the congregation as a meek and humble man with the deepest appreciation of the Gospel.
After his resignation in 1971, Reverend C.S. Anthony was elected Pastor and God continued to add to the church with the addition of our weekly Bible class taught by Reverend M.B. Buckley. Pastor Anthony served at Progressive until his health began to fail and weakened him.
In 1987, Reverend C.E. Stanton became Pastor and implemented several ministries during his pastoral leadership, such as the church orientation and evangelism ministry. Reverend Stanton organized the church by-laws, 1st annual church picnic, and 1st youth trip. He obtained land behind the church and ordained 7 deacons. The church membership continued to grow.
We transitioned once again and Reverend J.F. Johnson became Pastor in May 1994. During his leadership, we held our first sunday school seminar and Christian Education Leadership School in which Progressive continues to participate. Under Reverend Johnson's leadership, 126 members joined the church and 32 were baptized. Bible classes were implemented every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Pastor Johnson was an advocate for helping people in time of need. When the bombing in Oklahoma City occurred, he suggestged that the Church send a donation to help aid the families. Once again, the building underwent renovations, including the renaming and dedication of the L.H. Newsome Fellowship Hall. Our church motto became "Let Love Abide" based on John 13:35 and this we continue today even after his resignation in 1998.
Beginning in 1999 with the ascendance of Reverend A.A. Sutton to the pulpit of PMBC, God has shown favor to this Pastor and congregation. The membership has increased to the point of standing room only during servce. We've added an 8:00 a.m. service along with the 11:00 a.m. worship.Our youth ministry has taken wings with the Y.E.S. (Youth Encourage to Serve) ministry, interpretive dance, the Angelic Children of Soul, and Summer Enrichment Reading program, all geared to equipping our youth to serve our community.Our directive is to serve the entire family, so we've added pictorial directory, singles/couples ministry, annual Valentine's social, annual women's conference, as well as revamped the laymen's ministry, initiated the media ministry, greeters ministry, golfing for God Ministry and Community Participation Day, which includes festivities and food. Don't forget the
Progressive Express Newsletter, Women of Purpose (WOP), and the Spring Fling for our Y.E.S. Ministry.
Pastor Sutton has ordained 9 Ministers; he had 1 son of the House called to Pastor; he has ordained 10 Deacons, 1 Evangelist and appointed 5 Trustees. Reverend Sutton implemented the Sanctuary renovation; the Church Cornerstone was laid; Mortgage burning of the L.H. Newsome Fellowship Hall; main parking lot was repaved and a new parking lot was built; added the Church's marquee sign, and purchased new air conditioner units. Under Pastor Sutton's guidance, the 1st Annual Golf Tournament Scholarship Fund was established. The New Educational Facility was erected. The church also purchased property down the street.
We are about winning souls and producing mighty warriors. Over the years Pastor Sutton has been our leader. He has taken in over 1,000 members.
Just like Jabez, who called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh that you would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory," we at Progressive know that God has and still does answer our prayers. We invite you to see the vision become reality. We invite you to see the dream fulfilled. We invite you to catch the fire and witness THE PROGRESSIVE EXPERIENCE!