The history of People’s Baptist Church is one of God’s guidance and blessing. The church began in May, 1962 with 46 charter members as People’s Bible Church. Jack R. Mosher was the first pastor. At that time services were held in a rented house on Memorial Drive. No time was wasted in building new facilities. A new building was completed one year later. The church began supporting their first missionaries at this time.
John Woodley came as Pastor in 1967 and is most noted for founding Greenville Christian Academy in 1969 with 110 students from kindergarten through the fourth grade.
In 1974, Barry Bagwell was called to the church. During his tenure, the church changed its name to People’s Baptist Temple and moved to the present location. A pre-school and a bus ministry was also started.
J. M. Bragg had already served two years as music director and school principal when he assumed the pastorate. The Family Life Center was constructed, and the buildings were remodeled.
David Ralston served for three years from 1986 to 1988. The church completed 25 years of ministry, began Faith Promise Missions, and AWANA ministries before Dr. Max Barton was called in January, 1989.
Under Pastor Barton’s leadership the church and school grew to become a multifaceted ministry. The church constructed a new auditorium in 1994, and added a balcony and new sound system in January, 2003 making its seating capacity 1,000 for services. Pastor Barton served at People’s Baptist Church for 22 years.
In April of 2011, the church called Tim Butler to serve as Pastor. The ministry has added Upward’s soccer and basketball programs along with graded choirs for students K-5 through 6th grade. Outreach ministries to two local college campuses have been started. Faith promise missions giving has grown annually. Many renovations and upgrades have been made to the campus including: the church auditorium, nursery, foyers, school auditorium, parking lot, classrooms, and church sign. These projects were completed debt free, to God be the glory. The impact of People’s Baptist Church can be seen throughout the Greenville area from their emphasis to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church continues to expand it’s global outreach through annual missions trips for teens and adults.