Pilgrim Baptist Church's Men's Difference Makers Mentors spending quality time with the Mary Todd Elementary School Mentees before the Christmas holiday break. Also Pastor Gerald Smith presenting signed copies of his Black history book to the Mentees"
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.”
Dedication service for Cato Malik Hobbs son of Pilgrim Baptist
members Bro. Maurice and Dr. Shakira Hobbs
Elijah Pennie will be graduating the 5th grade May 25th 2022
He will be entering the 6th grade next year.
Justyn & Justus Ross Liberty Elementary School boys and girls track were recognized on the KY Senate floor for winning 2021 state championship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ahria Dunn was in the Lexington Herald Leader showing her work as a Summer Camp Counselor with the North Lexington, KY
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.
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.
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.
Ahria’s first year at Western Kentucky University was a success. She earned a 3.5 GPA.
Frederick Douglas High School Class of 2021
Jaymon plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to study computer science.
Antonio Taylor Dunbar High School Class of 2021
Antonio plans to go to college and also pursue Medical degree.
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.
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
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.