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September 17th Deacon Omer Cowherd was among 68 veterans selected for an honor flight to Washington, DC in appreciation for their service and sacrifice to the United States. More photo's can be found on facebook @ Honor Flight Kentucky.  






September 10 Sis. Mary Crawford celebrates her 85th birthday (insert photo)



September 6 Church canopy frame is installed.


August 27th PBC held a dinner in honor of Sis. Sarah Smith. 





August 25th New church entrance doors are installed 




August 19. Victor Littleton and Cornetta Harris was married at PBC 




August 13th Sis. Danielle Butler and family move back to Lexington. She resumes serving as director of PBC music ministry 



August 1, The PBC male mentoring ministry, "The Difference Makers" was selected as 2023 Golden Apple Award recipient  for outstanding work in collaboration with the Fayette County Public Schools Community Partners Leadership Team  for serving as mentors at Mary Todd Elementary School. 



August 6th Rev. Keith McAfee begins serving as the pastor-elect at the Great Crossing Missionary Baptist Church in Georgetown, Kentucky 




June 16th Dr. T.D. Stubblefield and Sis. Judy Stubblefield facilitated the PBC marriage retreat 





June 4th  Sis. Katie Stephens signed her newest book at the church title Grab the Painted Pony and Ride: Aging with God, Grace, Gratitude and a New Attitude. ( insert  picture of Sis. Katie and her new book 




May 20th  Ordination Service was held for the now Rev. Byron Gay 




April 25th New Church signage installed 





Hello Everyone, Just an FYI, I had a really good meeting this morning with all eight of our mentees at Mary Todd. We met in the library. We did a Black history review of the mural as well. Have a great day!  Gerald




Baby Cato Malik Hobbs was born to Dr. Shakira Hobbs and Bro. Hobbs on June 12, 2022.  The Hobbs’ family prayed for a long time for their little miracle and want to dedicate him to the Lord and raise him to embody the principle that “one makes a difference.”


July 2022

Dedication service for Cato Malik Hobbs son of Pilgrim Baptist

members Bro. Maurice and Dr. Shakira Hobbs




May 2022

Elijah Pennie will be graduating the 5th grade May 25th 2022

He will be entering the 6th grade next year.

March 2022

Justyn &  Justus Ross Liberty Elementary School boys and girls track were recognized on the KY Senate floor for winning 2021 state championship.

March 2022

Ava Cook granddaughter of Sheila Dance won Miss Congeniality 

in her first year of high school cheerleading at Ryle high School in Northern Ky. She has been cheering since she was 5 years old.




January 2022

Z'Riyah Cash, a Kindergartener at The Promise Academy at William Wells Brown Elementary School, received Student of the Month for the month of January. 




December 2021

KeAndre Beard, a 2nd grader at The Promise Academy at William Wells Brown Elementary School, received Student of the Month for the month of December.



November 2021

Justus Ross, a 4th grader at Liberty Elementary School, received Student of the month for the month of November.  Justus will soon be starting his track season at Liberty to defend their boys track teams' State Championship.

November 2021

Justyn Ross, a 4th grader at Liberty Elementary School, received Distinguished in Reading, and Proficient in Mathematics MAP test scores.  Justyn will soon be starting his track season at Liberty to defend their boys track teams' State Championship. 




November 14, 2021

Pastor Smith & Sis. Smith's 10th Anniversary at Pilgrim Baptist




October 9, 2021

Pastor Smith was one of five recipients of the inaugural Reginald A. Guy, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kappa Tau Alumni Association of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated


October 19, 2021

Ahria Dunn decided to spend her fall break from college in Henderson, Kentucky building a Habitat house for Humanity. 




Pastor Gerald and First Lady Teresa Smith celebrated their 35th Wedding anniversary on September 20th.




September 1, 2021

Announcing the special day 8/22/21 Somiya Boyd got engaged to Andrew Russell.





September 2,2021

The Fayette  County Public Schools Educating Boys of Color Symposium recognized “The Difference Makers, “Pilgrim’s Men's mentoring group for our contributions. Pictured here is Mr. Christian Adair who  directs the program and Bro. Rufus Friday.




August 2021

Ahria Dunn was in the Lexington Herald Leader showing her work as a Summer Camp Counselor with the North Lexington, KY




July Bro. Rufus Friday was named director of The Hope Center. He was the former president and publisher of the Lexington Herald Leader.  The Center has addiction treatment programs for men and women, offers transitional housing for persons  who are homeless and struggling with mental illness. The Center serves as the largest homelessness center for men in the city of Lexington.  (insert photo form online)






July 29, 2021

From June 1st- July 29th Pilgrim partnered with the FoodChain to be  a distribution site to give  breakfast and lunches to children. 612 meals were distributed. Pilgrim also made a donation to the Food Chain. Pictured is Church Trustee Sarah Smith presenting a check on behalf of the church to Charlotte Fults  in the amount of $2,500.



July 17, 2021

We are excited to share that our son, Avery, is getting married! He and Adrienne Stratton will marry on September 18, in Edmore, MI. Please join us as we continue to pray, to our God, blessings on them as they join their hearts and lives as one. 

Wesley and Edliniae Sweat




July 6, 2021

The Lexington Hope Center recently announced that it has named Rufus Friday as its new executive director. The center’s mission “ is to care for homeless and at-risk persons by providing life-sustaining and life-rebuilding services that are comprehensive and address underlying causes.”


July 9, 2021

Congratulations to Michael and Lisa Coleman. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. 

June 26, 2021

Sister Ann Graves and her husband Bro. Charles Graves celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Praise God for 50 years of Holy Matrimony!


April 22, 2021

Dr. Oliva Ball and her husband, Dr. Stuart Ball welcomed their second son,  Stuart. Dr. Ball now lives in Alabama.






February 2021

Felice Boyd received her certification as an Extreme Hip Hop Instructor.  In previous years she has provided fitness classes and computer instruction for the senior members of our church. Please join Sis. Felice at her Saturday Extreme Hip Hop classes.


2021 Graduate

Dr. Sarah N. Smith

Sarah completed the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Mia Mallory, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Dean  of the Office Diversity, Equity,  and Inclusion is one of Sarah’s mentors and advisors. She is pictured placing the doctoral hood on Sarah. Sarah received the Cincinnati Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Award for excellence in the field of gynecology. She was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.

2020 Graduate

Ahria’s first year at Western Kentucky University was a success. She earned a 3.5 GPA. 








2021 Graduate

Jaymon Ross

Frederick Douglas High School Class of 2021

Jaymon plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to study computer science.



2021 Graduate

Antonio Taylor Dunbar High School Class of 2021

Antonio plans to go to college and also pursue Medical degree. 








2021 Graduate

Miyana Pennie Bryan Station High School Class of 2021

Miyana plans to attend BCTC.  Her focus of study will be in the medical field.  She will be job shadowing Dr. Rosalyn Ritchie, who is the head anesthesiologist at the University of Kentucky. 





Simaya Pennie  graduated  from Winburn Middle School. She will be attending Bryan Station Arts and Academy during  the  2021-2022  school year.



Elijah Pennie was promoted to 5th grade. He maintained A's and B's during the school year. 






Justyn and Justus Ross were members of Liberty Elementary's

2021 championship winning track team 








Ri'Niyah Coomer completed the 2nd grade at Mary Todd Elementary. She will be completing a short virtual art program this summer as well as the Summer Ignite program to help her get a head start on her adventures to the 3rd grade. 







Kyla Gentry is a member of the Leestown Middle School Chargers. The LMS cheerleaders placed 5th in the country. Kyla is pictured on the right. The team was scheduled to compete again on May 25, 2021..












Maurice Hobbs is a 1st Lieutenant Officer in the Kentucky National Guard. He is pictured here at President Biden’s  inauguration 

1st Lieutenant Hobbs attends a 2 week Air Assault School.

Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and cargo loading procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation. 

Hobbs at the Air Assault School. He received a badge for completing the training. 








May 12th,

Our men's social mentoring group has  adopted Mary Todd Elementary School in support of the Fayette County Public Schools Educating Boys of Color mentoring program. They are "The Difference Makers" and are our second mentoring group. 


Pastor Smith was on hand to meet four of the seven boys we will be mentoring  as 5th graders next year. Thanks to the University Press of Kentucky, he gave them a signed copy of his Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia. He also presented  a signed copy to the school library while standing in front of the African American Architects Mural which the church recently purchased and had installed at the school. Standing with Pastor Smith is the school's librarian Ms. Lindsey Patrick.  


March 19, 2021

Pilgrim is proud to announce that this mural was installed at Mary Todd Elementary School It is in the main hallway where all the students come in and will see it every day. The church name is in white below the mural. The men of our church are in the process of establishing a social mentoring group at Mary Todd for young boys called “The Difference Makers”. This will be our second social mentoring group of the same name with a Fayette County School.

Mary Todd Elementary School’s principal sends

  Thank You video (click here)








March 19, 2021

Sarah  Smith found out she matched at the University of Pittsburgh Magee Womens Hospital’s OBGYN residency program. It’s among the top five in the nation. This was her first choice. Praise  God from whom all Blessings flow. Sarah is the daughter of Pastor Gerald Smith and First Lady Teresa Smith.



January 29, 2021

Congratulations to Ahria Dunn on receiving a Certificate for Outstanding Academic Achievement during the Fall 2020 Semester at Western Kentucky University. Ahria is the daughter of Alma Dunn and granddaughter of Jean Dunn who are also members of Pilgrim.










December 28, 2020

KeAndre Beard, son of Kristina Beard and grandson of Bro and Sis Cruse, is a first grader at Garrett Morgan Elementary and a member of Sis Edliniae’s & Sis Devonda’s Sunday School class here at Pilgrim Baptist. KeAndre was encouraged to read books to demonstrate giving during the Christmas season. He had a few family members pledge to give for every book he read. KeAndre read 41 books in less than a month to collect more than $300.00 to donate to help the children of St. Judes Childrens Hospital. To God be the Glory. 

December 29, 2020

We're so excited and blessed to be able to announce the birth of our first born son, Brent Kelly Butler II.

He was born Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 at 2:38pm, weighing 7lbs8oz and 20 1/2" long." Brent and Danielle Butler are overwhelmed with gladness and thanksgiving. 

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