Churches in the Community





First Baptist Institutional

Beulah Missionary


Greater New Jerusalem

Greater St Paul Missionary

Harmony Missionary

Macedonia Primitive

Mount Calvary

Mount Sinai

New Mount Zion

Pilgrim Rest Missionary

St Luke's Freewill

Zion Hill

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church


Current Pastor

Pilgrim Rest Free Will Baptist Church was founded in 1929, as a result of an internal dispute within the St. Luke Free Will Baptist Church.


As a result, several members who had been banished from St. Luke and not restored began having church services in two story dwelling on Kettles Avenue - across the street from Pilgrim Rest's original sanctuary and present Fellowship Hall.


Reverend D.L. Bright was pastor in 1985.

1047 N Ohio Avenue    33805


Kenneth Brown


Anner Brown

First Lady


C.J. Dozier

1929 - 1937

Y.W. Tomlin

1937 - 1958

D.L. Bright

1959 -

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