In 1790 Peter Duerett, warmly known as Brother Captain, organized and pastored the
The trustees of
Brother Captain died in the summer of 1823 as pastor of this, his first and only church. In 1829, the name was changed to
From 1823-1855, Reverends January and Brent served faithfully. The immortal George W. Dupee was called to pastor in 1855 and served until 1864. Pleasant Green at a cost of $850 purchased his freedom. Rev. Dupee is noted as the greatest organizer of churches from
Other pastors that served up to 1913 was Reverends: Sanford Howard, H. P. Jacobs, E. M. Manuel, O. Durrett, B. Anderson, E. W. Hawthorne and H. W. Jones (father of W. A. Jones, Sr.). In 1913 Rev. E. T. Offutt was called to pastor. The present church was erected in 1931 during the “Depression” including the Education Building, which is a monument to his ministry. At his death in 1938, Rev. Z. H. Yates was called, and in 1940, Rev. W. A. Jones, Sr. was called to pastor. He served unto his death in 1968. Under this administration, the Sesqui-Centennial was celebrated in October 1940; over $51,000 indebtedness was liquidated. In 1947, all property facing
In 1969, Rev. J. C. Beard served as interim Pastor. Rev. R. C. Hutchinson was called and served from 1969-1977. A monument of his ministry included a new parsonage now valued at $90,000. In 1978, our present pastor, T. H. Peoples, Jr., was called. He is the first son of the church to be its pastor. Debts incurred and liquidated under his administration amounted to over $435,000. He joins other pastors in making numerous renovations. Since 1978, over 1,113 additions have been realized either by baptism, letter or relations, 25 men licensed, 23 ordained including one for chaplaincy. There are 23 deacons, and 23 trustees, in which four are women. All are active and supporting to further enhance the church’s ministry.
Historical accomplishments under the present administration include: (1) For the first time in the church’s history, the pastor and trustees, on behalf of the church, by court law, obtained a clear title and deed to the church land, which Captain and his people purchased, then African Baptist Church; (2) On July 25, 1987, an official State Historical Marker was unveiled on the church’s property. It is a living testimony recognized with documents by the State of
This should clear up the matter and remove all questions that Pleasant Green is the oldest Black Church west of the Alleghenies, and (3) On July 22, 1990, Brother Captain’s Garden” was dedicated following a moving sermon by Rev. Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, former pastor of Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, NY. A beautiful marble stone, laid beneath a perpetual fountain, stands as a living memorial to this mighty man of God, our pioneer pastor. It should be noted that many of our pastors have served on state and national levels. Further note that this church has produced three sons in the ministry who have served as national presidents of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC), namely Dr. G. K. Offutt, first President of Christian Education; Dr. William Augustus Jones, President, PNBC, and the present pastor, Dr. T. H. Peoples, Jr., who has served as Dean and President of the National Congress.
The Bicentennial year was peculiarly blessed with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We witnessed outstanding preaching by “Sons of the Church” and scholarly leaders of our state and national conventions. Souls continue to be saved, tithes and offerings increased, and brotherly love still runs from heart to heart and breast to breast as we lift up the name of Jesus.
Our history in detail has been compiled in a book entitled, “Essence of a Saga”, which give documents that support our claim as the true descendants of Brother Captain. This book is copyrighted in the Library of Congress.
In spite of opposition, hardship, and strife, this glorious old church, African Baptist (Pleasant Green) continually makes her contributions in the cause of kingdom building, humanitarian causes, and the promoting of good citizenship. The Lord blessed the church to purchase the
On the 214th Church Anniversary during the afternoon, we dedicated the Joseph of Arimathaea’s Garden. It was the re-interring of relics from the
We are proud of our local, state, regional, and national support. Within the last years, Pleasant Green proudly has housed, under the present administration: the Moderator’s Office of Consolidated Baptist District consisting of 52 churches, the state objectives, namely President of Simmons Bible College; the Midwest Regional Office of the Congress and President comprising eight states; and the National Office of the Congress of Christian Education, initiating $4,000 per year in scholarships to colleges throughout our country and supporter of academic pursuits. At present, we have a
The church is growing numerically with a membership of over 1,200. In spite of many deaths and transfers our attendance is very good, the spirit is reverent, and souls are won and strengthened. We are blessed with dedicated members who believe in tithing, that helps us meet our obligations. To God Be The Glory!
The Historical Committee