Clinton’s First African American Church
Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church is over 140 years old and the first African American church in Clinton, Mississippi.
First Baptist Church of Clinton
Sunday School Beginnings
Under the leadership of Rev. C.P. Johnston, Pleasant Green Church was relocated, and a new building was erected at the 505 East College Street location where Rev. Johnston continued his work with the church until he resigned due to poor health in 1932.
Pleasant Green Church Bell
Rev. Amos Martin Peterson was later elected pastor, and under his leadership the church continued to progress. On January 12, 1975, Rev. Peterson resigned due to poor health. He was followed by Rev. James D Broome who continued to add to the church. He constructed the A.M. Peterson Fellowship Hall. Rev. Broome served as Pastor for 12 years.
In 1989, Rev. Frederick Williams became pastor. Rev. Frederick served as pastor for 8 years and resigned December of 1997. During his administration they formed the children’s choir and the gospel choir.
Current pastor, Rev. Darrel McQuirter, was elected in April 1998. Since elected, he has expanded Wednesday Bible Study to include children, teens and adults. He added a second service (morning service), praise dance, drama teams, children’s church, couple’s ministry and other outreach ministries.