History Of Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church

In the month of June 1960, a small group met as a mission in the home of Sis. Juanita Davis on Clay Street to worship and to study the word of God. The first services were held in the Women's Civic League building located at 2917 Clay Avenue. After Rev. Marvin C. Hines preached his trial sermon there, he was asked to be the Pastor.

Rev. Hines was licensed, and ordained by the late Rev. C. Johnson, former pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The installation services were held the 1st and 2nd Sunday in December 1960. Among the members was Sis. Roxie Green, Sis. Helen Porter (Secretary), Sis. Henrietta Searcy, Sis. Juanita Davis, Sis. Frances Calvin and Bro. Joe Green (Chairman of the Deacon Board).

The church moved from the Women's Civic League building on Clay Street to their new home at 2877 Imperial Avenue, which was located by Dr. Hines. From Imperial Avenue they moved to Logan Avenue. As God added to the church, it soon became necessary to relocate again. In 1962, a warehouse building on National Avenue was purchased. Dr. Hines, along with others, immediately began to convert the warehouse into a place of worship. Later, proper offices and classroom space was added.

After God called Dr. Hines from labor to reward on January 29, 1983, the church was without a shepherd for five months until God sent another shepherd to lead his people. Rev. Joseph Foxworth, Sr. then picked up the baton in the Christian relay race with one of the anthems of the redeemed, "Onward Christian Soldiers".

Pilgrim continued to march toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. With God's leadership and faithful followers, Rev. Foxworth put the vision of relocating into action and this became a reality in 1993.

Dr. Joseph Foxworth, Sr. has been the Pastor of the Pilgrim Progressive Baptist Church for the past 27 years. Since becoming the shepherd of the flock at Pilgrim, and having chosen the theme "To Serve This Present Age", God has richly blessed the Pilgrim family. Pastor Foxworth continues to strive to win souls for Christ, encourage those that are weak in the faith and serve the total man - economically, educationally, politically, socially and spiritually. Our primary goal is to win souls to the Kingdom and minister to the total man.