“Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Pleasant Green Baptist Church was organized in 1864. Re. Butler Harper, a man of God, noting the religious status of the people, saw his urgent duty and a glorious privilege. He collected the baptized believers together, and met from house to house among early converts. Among some of the early worshippers was Brother Addison Haley.
These baptized believers built a place of worship on the corner of Tenth and Findlay Streets. It was completed and dedicated in the year of our Lord 1865. The people well and nobly followed the leadership of the pioneer, preacher, Rev. Butler Harper.
The members of the Deacon Board were as follows: Brothers – Alex Hunt, James Davidson, Dobson, William Wilson, Middleton Charity, Oliver, Breckenridge, Siceehote Preocher and Theodore Carr.
Among the sisters were: Seray Davidson, Eliza Farley, Charlotte Dickerson, Old Mother Jameson, Harriet Carr, Lucinda Chippey, Fannie Webster, Mother Spollest.
Over the years, many outstanding pastors played great roles in the progress of the church. Among those who served, the name Rev. B.R. Reid is most often mentioned. He was a great soul, a gospel preacher, a leader and a builder. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of Pastor Reid, the lot at 1421 Waller Street was purchased and the church was built in 1923, (where we are today!) Pastor Reid now sleeps, but the church stands as a memorial to the great man of God.
In March 2003, Pleasant Green was blessed with Pastor Clarence Parker who implemented several new programs, ministries and physical improvements to the church. He also led our congregation to increase outreach ministries, both locally and globally. After 19 years of faithful service, Pastor Parker and First Lady Patricia Parker ended their ministry with PGBC on June 30, 2019, and… is moving on with the next season of their lives.
We, the congregation of Pleasant Green, is grateful for those who laid the foundation and labored to make it a reality for us to celebrate today. It is with praise and thanks to Christ our Lord for our heritage and our presence as a witness for Christ in this community and for continuing to prove itself alive for the present. As Paul wrote in Philippians 3:4, “We press toward the mark for the prize for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus!”