PABC started out with Sunday School in a little
grocery store, after a tent meeting on the corner
of what is now Park Ave and Tolle Road.
After being housed in this store and later an empty
grocery for a time, some land was donated and a
one room building was built, dedicated in
November of 1907.  The Ladies' Aid quilted and
served meals to meet expenses.  In 1922 a
basement was dug, a furnace was installed, and a
wing was built on each side of the church.  
Baptisms were held in the pump house creek on
the Tolle Road.  In 1932, the auditorium was
enlarged.  Two lots west of the church were
purchased in 1940, and the present parsonage
was built in 1941.  In 1948, ground was broken for
a new church, to include an educational building
and a sanctuary.  By March of 1952, the Sunday
services were held in the new educational
building.  The sanctuary was then begun in 1955
over the site of the original building and joined to
the educational building.  It was dedicated on
September 15, 1957.  During 1975 and 1976,
Park Avenue build an Activities Building east of the
church.  In 1984, this building became the home of
the PABC Food Pantry, which serves the people of
this community to this day.  

Park Avenue was the first full-time church in the
Salem South Association.  In 1918, they had the
first WMU in the Association.  They also had the
first Training Union and the first Men's
Brotherhood in the Association.  Groups of people
from PABC organized churches in Zion City, IL.,
Hammond, IN., and Rapid City, SD.  Summersville
and Old Union Churches were sponsored by the
Men's brotherhood of Park Avenue and later
organized into churches

Our present membership carries on the tradition of
caring and sharing with others.  A group of
volunteers mans the Food Pantry each month.  
We have several people who are involved in
disaster relief - some on trained chain saw teams
and some on food preparation teams.  The 2005
Hurricane Katrina found these people traveling to
the Gulf Coast for a week at a time to help people
to rebuild their lives and to witness to them of
God's love and power.  Various members are
involved from time to time in mission trips to places
like Chicago or Mexico, to help people there and
to show them God's love.

Park Avenue Baptist Church has Sunday School
classes for all ages.  We have weekly church
services on Sunday morning, Sunday evening,
and Wednesday evening.  In 2005, we started
Team Kids, a Wednesday night Bible-based
program for children K-6th grade.  We also have
Youth meetings on Wednesdays.  We have an
adult choir which practices before the Sunday
evening service.  They sing at both Sunday
services, and perform cantatas to celebrate
Easter, Christmas, July 4th, etc.  We hope to soon
have a Children's Choir as well.  We have two
Mission organizations for women, WMU and WOM,
so that those who wish to participate can attend
meetings either during the day or in the evening.  
The Baptist Men also have an active group.  Our
annual Block Party helps us to stay connected to
other people in the community, as well as to meet
new ones.  God has really blessed our church and
its members!
Park Avenue Baptist Church - 1921
PABC after additions of basement
and 2 wings in 1922, enlarging of
auditorium in 1932
BAPTIZING IN UNFINISHED
SANCTUARY, JUNE 1955
PABC SEPT 1957
Food Pantry Workers
Our church sanctuary
Baptizing in the Pump House Creek, 1910