“Oh Lord, We Thank You”
Our History in Brief
Over the past several decades, Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church has been a beacon light on the corner of 76th & Vincennes to help those who are lost find their way to Christ and help heal those who are broken. Our goal is to reach those who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior, to help provide relief for the poor and distressed, and to edify, exhort, and exalt the body of Christ. Our mission is to honor, through worship and a Kingdom-minded lifestyle, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by carrying out His command to make disciples of all nations (St. Matthew 28:18-20). We believe, undoubtedly, that God has called us to reach this community who do not know Him and who do not regularly attend any church. In order to accomplish this, the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church will be an equipping center where every Christian can be developed to his or her full potential for kingdom building.
This congregation was organized in 1918 at 3752 S. Federal Street in Chicago, IL. In 1923 the church moved to 43rd and Calumet Avenue and in 1934 the church was relocated in a store front building at 2941 South Cottage Grove in Chicago under the leadership of Rev. William Newton. In 1950 the church purchased a six-flat building located at 4734-36 S. St. Lawrence Avenue where services were then held. In 1957 the church relocated again to the purchased property at 6633 S. Normal Blvd in Chicago. On August 17, 1972 under the leadership and vision of Reverend Dr. Oscar David Webster, the church purchased our current property at 7545 S. Vincennes Avenue where we are today.
We give honor to our past leaders and under-shepherds, Reverend J.M. Haggard who planted this seed in 1918, Reverend William Newton, Reverend C.W. Meadows, Reverend Dr. Oscar David Webster, and Reverend Melvin Hayes, Sr., who fed and watered the seed, teaching us to observe all things in and through Christ Jesus. On their biblical teachings we were nurtured in the Word of God which sustains us. We, the membership realize that the seed of Pleasant Green was planted, nurtured and watered by sent men of God, but it is God who has given us the increase and the power of the Holy Ghost to be a witness for Him.
In 2001, the Lord gave us a new leader and under-shepherd, Reverend Walter W. Matthews, Sr. With the arrival of Pastor Matthews and the vision given to him, Pleasant Green has been laboring to be effective fruits of witness, work, and worship in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
As we embark on our spiritual journey of study to become Disciples of Christ with a Kingdom Minded way of life, we are preparing ourselves to live transformed lives as we engage in a life-changing discipleship ministry according to the words of Christ as recorded by St. Matthew 28:19. We realize that “It’s all about Him, His church, and His vision for His people”. Acts 17:28a. “To God be the Glory Forever and Ever. Amen.”
“The Lord is My Light and My Salvation …” Psalm 27 Verse 1a
“Pleasant Green, the church where the people are equipped for the work of the ministry.”
Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Walter Wendell Matthews, Sr., Pastor