About Our Church

A Brief History Of Our Church

Palmer Grove Baptist Church was organized on July 9, 1929 in Polkville NC, under the leadership of Reverend W. A. Roberts, Moderator of the Ebenezer Association. During this time, the Church Family was meeting in the former Palmer Grove School in Polkville, NC. The church has been blessed with dedicated and faithful pastors such as: Reverend Charlie Hill 1931-1935; Reverend Eddie Wray 1935-1955; Reverend Willie McDowell 1955-1963; Reverend L. C. Knuckles 1963-1979.
Palmer Grove Baptist Church was blessed with Pastor James L. Smith, First Lady Hazelene and their children in January 1980. Deacons presently serving are Donnie Thurman, Morgan Logan, Robert Jones, Tyrone Braziel, Warren Hopper, Paul Gash, Carlos Merritt, Deacon Darius Griffin and Deacon Phillip Watson. Trustees are John Downs, Leroy Briscoe, Carl Wray, Richard Hill and Raeford Porter.

Pastor Smith has taught the Palmer Grove Baptist Church family “When you attempt great things for the Lord to expect great things from the Lord!” Total of 12 teachers added As of July 14, 2012; 39 Sunday School workers (34 teachers and 5 administrative workers) and 11 classes. As of July 13, 2013; Sunday School Workers (32 teachers and 5 administrative workers and 15 classes.
In 1993, a new sanctuary was built and additional class rooms were added.  In 2006 the church purchased 32 acres of land and completed its Family Life Center. Preachers who have been licensed and ordained from Palmer Grove Baptist Church are, Pastor Albert Hillman, Moore’s Chapel in Lincolnton, NC. Pastor Eddie Williams Jr., Sarepta Baptist Church in Warrenton, NC, Pastor Les Howard, Macedonia Baptist Church as of 2012. Rev. Robert Moore, in California;  Pastor Paul Christopher Gash, New Zion Bptist Church in Spindale, NC, Associate Minister, Donnie Thurman Jr. Associate Minister (02/28/10) Associate Minister, Minister Debbie Thurman,(10/06/2002) Associate Minister, Minister Jessica Gidney(10/18/2009), Associate Minister, Minister Vivian Hopper (10/3/2010). Minister Chris Gash was licensed and Ordained into the preaching Ministry (11/21/10). Rev. Chris Gash was named as Assistant Pastor and Minister Donnie Thurman Jr. named as Youth Minister @ our mid-year meeting July 9, 2011.Donnie Thurman Jr. was licensed and Ordained into preaching Ministry at the EMBA Annual Session on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 6:00 pm. He is now Youth Pastor of Palmer Grove Baptist Church. In February 2013 Minister Glynnece Campbell was added to the preaching Ministry. Thank God For His Great and Mighty Blessings.