New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Inc.
The New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church was organized in January 1981 when thirty three dedicated Christian believers met at the home of Clarence and Maggie Davis, 2920 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia at eight o’clock p.m.
Under the direction of Rev. Walter L. Glover, Jr., Moderator of the Union Baptist Missionary and Educational Association, it was resolved that the church services would be held every second and fourth Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Dr. Glover met with the group several times before he sanctioned that all procedures for organization were in due process according to the Baptist principles and beliefs.
Upon being authorized by the membership, the Deacons secured the First Thessalonians Church of God in Christ at 1307 Holt Avenue where Elder Shedrick Hill was Pastor, to hold church services each second and fourth Sunday.
For five months, the congregation was as sheep without a shepherd. However, during the interim on January 29, 1981, Rev. Rufus Whatley conducted the first service. Rev. Melvin C. Fussell, Rev. J. W. Carner, Rev. Dennis Harden, Rev. Charles Conyers and Rev. Curtis Raines, Sr. also conducted services.
On June 18, 1981, God sent a pastor who was not only young in years, but young in the ministry. With faith in God and confidence in Rev. Curtis Raines, Sr., this congregation marched boldly into the Raines Era. Rev. Raines officially began his duties on June 29, 1981. He delivered an inspiring sermon entitled “Almost a Christian”. Rev. Raines envisioned a church that had an obligation to provide spiritual enrichment and education for all ages. Thus, the organizational structure of New Pilgrim was developed on the concept of a “church for the whole family”.
March 12, 1983 – the New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church purchased 3.39 acres of land from MASAB Temple #11, Prince Hall Affiliations to construct an edifice at 4388 Robinson Road in the Bellevue section of the city.
December 6, 1984 – The Church became incorporated.
January 25, 1987 (2:00 p.m.) – A dream came true and many prayers were answered when the congregation, led by Rev. Curtis Raines, marched into a beautiful new edifice to hold Dedication Service. The Sermon was delivered by the Rev. Henry C. Ficklin, Pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
Believing that the church should be the source of spiritual and educational enrichment to its members and the community; a variety of programs were initiated for youth, senior citizens, men and women of the church, and the general community.
In keeping with the theme of expansion and new vision that had become the focus for physical growth of the church during the second decade, many members and friends gathered on April 3, 1997 for Ground Breaking and Site Dedication of the New Pilgrim Community Economic Development and Learning Center.
With God’s guidance, Rev. Raines chose Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 1997 (9:00 a.m.) to hold Dedication Services.
God has blessed us as servants to walk by faith and not by sight.