This Do in Rememberance of Me



Welcome, and thank you for visiting Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.

Our Mission

The Mission of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church is to be fully devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ at every opportunity.



  • Prayer Service Sunday at 9:15 am

  • Sunday School begins at 9:30 am

  • Worship Service begins at 11:00 am

  • Bible Study Wednesday at 6:00 pm

  • ​Prayer Service Wednesday at 7:00 pm


PMBC Vision Statement

The vision of the Pilgrim Baptist Church is to become an Extraordinary Church by each member being filled with the Holy Spirit to effect a Godly change in our attitude; coming together in unity to display the characteristics of Christ as an evangelistic church...each one reaching one to glorify God. 

Special Announcement

March 19, 2020

Because of the Coronavirus,

and the severity at which the virus can affect individuals of all ages, Pilgrim is suspending ALL services until further notice.

However, the church will be open each Sunday from,

10:00 A.M.

until 11:00 A.M.

for those who wish to pray.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love and of a sound mind. 

2 Timothy 1:7 




Collection of School Supplies is Ongoing

Every Second Sunday is Scholarship Sunday.

Let us continue to support our youth.









         Our History

Sooner or later, most people come to believe that their lives depend on forces in the world more powerful than themselves. Once identified, they regard these powers with awe and seek good relations with them. We have identified these powers as the "Almighty God"; "His Son, Jesus The Christ;" and the "Holy Spirit". And according to the commandments of God, we long to assemble ourselves together to worship and praise His Holy Name.


Spirit Led Housewives Met in a Garage
In the early 20th century a group of housewives, acting on faith decided to meet together and formally organized a missionary circle. The date was November 10th 1925. A garage served as the meeting place. From this auspicious beginning came what is now known as the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church.


The First Church is Built with a Pot-Belly Stove

The first called minister to serve as Pastor of Pilgrim was the Reverend C. W. Lee. Under his leadership, and feeling that the Lord was truly guiding them, the members of Pilgrim stepped out on faith and built the little white framed church on John Street, with a pot-belly stove in the middle of the floor for heat.


A Decade Passes and a New Structure is Built

Reverend W.M. Nelson began his ministry at Pilgrim in January of 1935. Under his leadership Pilgrim's second building, a red brick structure was erected on the corner of McClure and John Street.


Pilgrim gets its First Ordained Minister and Yet Another Building

In January of 1967 Reverend Ralph Burton, returning to the church of his childhood, was called to pastor Pilgrim. (Reverend Burton holds the distinction of being the church's first ordained minister.) With Reverend Burton's guidance Pilgrim prospered both spiritually and materially. People came from all around eager for the knowledge and teaching and anxious to hear the word of God.  The membership soon overflowed the small brick structure. Pastor Burton envisioned a new edifice and with God's help Easter Sunday 1971 marked the ending services at the old building and by the end of the year the members were worshiping in the new building.


Pilgrim Continues to Grow and Love God

In 1979 the need for a library, financial room, nurses station, Sunday school office, a conference room/chapel, robe room, nursery and pastor's study led Pilgrim, again with God's help and Pastor Burton's leadership to add onto the existing structure to create space for these needs. Pastor Burton retired in on January 1, 2006 due to illness, and was deceased on January 31, 2006.


After prayfully searching for a minister for over 1-1/2 years, Pilgrim was blessed to call Pastor Lee T. Rucker Jr. to pastorate on

September 9, 2008. His official installation service was held

September 30, 2008. Pastor Rucker enthusiastically and lovingly served the membership of Pilgrim. During his short tenure, Pastor Rucker moved Pilgrim into the technological realm with completion of a media center including an audiovisual room and projection equipment. The technical management of finances was also implemented under his leadership. Auxiliaries became "Ministries", the library was remodeled into a conference room, and the church heating system was upgraded. After Pastor Rucker's untimely death on July 21, 2013, Pilgrim began yet another prayerful pastoral search.


Pilgrim is Blessed with New Leadership

On November 9, 2014, Pilgrim called their youngest pastor, in the person of Pastor Mahdi Wade. Pastor Wade's vision was: 

Building Loving Relationships, Evangelism, and Discipleship.

Pastor Wade received his Ordination on February 8, 2015 at his home Church (St John Missionary Baptist Church - Springfield, OH) and was installed as Pastor of Pilgrim on April 26, 2015. 

A study in the "Purpose Driven Life" was reintroduced to Pilgrim; which included participation by our youth. Pastor Wade also coordinated a Resume Writing Seminar, which was free and open to the public. The seminar was held to enhance the skills of attendees, and to greater prepare them for future employment opportunities.

Pastor Mahdi D. Wade resigned his position at Pilgrim on July 31, 2016.

An Unexpected Blessing

While the Pastoral Search Committee was actively and prayerfully looking for a Pastor, Pastor Mark Parks agreed to be our Interim Pastor; preaching his first sermon in that capacity on April 8, 2018.  He came blessing us with preaching, teaching and a vision for Pilgrim to develop "The Mind of Christ". To Add to our Unexpected Blessing, Pastor Mark Parks was elected at Pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on May 18th 2019. Pastor Mark D. Parks was installed as the sixth Pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, October 13, 2019. 

Many Accomplishments but One Goal

Many accomplishments have been made, and many spiritual and material blessings have been bestowed upon Pilgrim. We have grown from a garage to a beautiful edifice with many conveniences. We have grown financially, materially, in membership and in knowledge, but most important of all we have never lost sight of that ever-present need - to be close to our God; to walk in His way; to feel His love, and to show this love to others.

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