Update: West End Baptist Church is back in the West End of Greenville!
On Sunday, December 11, 2022, West End Baptist Church held the first worship service in our new building at 123 Arlington Avenue. It’s been a long process, but we’ve learned and grown and suffered and rejoiced all along the way, praise be to God! A short story of our journey is below – and although we feel this part of the journey has ended, we know that we’ve only just begun this new work to which God has called us. Praise the Lord for His loving guidance and provision all along the way!
Pendleton Street Baptist Church is now
WEST END BAPTIST CHURCH!
Approximately 132 years ago, a group of Greenville residents were having difficulties forging the un-bridged Reedy River in order to attend Greenville First Baptist Church downtown. These church members began meeting as a mission Sunday School in a room above a grocery store. The group quickly grew until one year later, they were ready to become a church of their own: West End Baptist Church.
Through the years, Greenville grew and changed, and so did our church. After building on Pendleton Street, West End Baptist changed the name to Pendleton Street Baptist Church, reflecting their new location. Several buildings came and went at that location under the PSBC name. Then several years ago, the City of Greenville decided to annex part of Pendleton Street onto Main Street, thus changing the church’s street address to 1100 S. Main.
Pendleton Street Baptist Church was no longer on Pendleton Street. And, once the building on South Main was sold, the church no longer met in the West End.
Which brings us to the present time. Regardless of where PSBC met on Sunday mornings, our hearts and our mission stayed in the West End of Greenville. We have been able to continue our GPS Children’s Program through the last few years in the West End, meeting at the former West End Community Center, later at our new office building at 123 Arlington Avenue, and now at Reconcile Community Church. We have home groups in the West End and have been able to maintain our offices in the West End as well – and in a few short months, we will be BACK IN THE WEST END, officially in our new building at 123 Arlington, for Worship Services, classes, GPS, small groups, offices, and much more.
Our mission is simply this: We exist to glorify God by making mature disciples of all nations, starting in the West End of Greenville. Because of our mission and our ministry in the West End, the members of PSBC voted to change the church’s name back to West End Baptist Church. And we are coming back home to the West End of Greenville! And praise God for all He has done!
Pastor Marty Price has been the pastor of Pendleton Street Baptist Church – now West End Baptist Church – for almost 20 years. He has seen the church through many changes over the years, and stood side by side with our church family in good times and bad. Here we’ll see articles about what our church has gone through and where we’re going; and we will see what God is doing through us, in us, and for us – and how we may Glorify God in all things!
The best time of the year is right around the corner – Summer! I hope you enjoy the heat, vacations, and time with family and friends as much as I will. With the change in routines that summer brings, it can be easy to let important things disappear. I want to encourage you to make this summer a time of drawing closer to God.