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Our History

The history of the New Progressive Cathedral Church of God in Christ reflects God's divine providence for His vision imparted to the founder, Bishop James R. Wright, Sr., Pastor.


Progressive Church of God in Christ started in a chapel at 537 Post Avenue on Sunday, October 18, 1981, with 6 adults and 6 children. Within 2 1/2 years, the small but growing congregation raised the funds to make a down payment for the property located at 270 Cumberland Street. In June of 1984, we journeyed by motorcade to the new location at 270 Cumberland Street and held our official ribbon cutting ceremony with about 30 adult members.

In May of 1989, our founder, with the assistance of the trustees and members, launched a new vision: a "Captial Stewardship Program," with a financial goal of $250,000 in three years. God gave our founder the vision for the church to take its rightful place in the community, reaching those who hurt through the ministry of outreach. Numerous ministries developed to minister to the needs of Progressive and the community while at 270 Cumberland Street, including the Progressive Creative Child Care Center, the Mary L. Wright Scholarship Fund, the Food Distribution Center, the Soup Kitchen, the Bible Institute, the Jail and Prison Ministry, and Halfway Houses for both men and women.

In November 2005, Bishop Wright shared with the congregation that we have the opportunity to take Progressive to a higher dimension. In February 2006, we put in an offer for a new building that consisted of a large church, rectory and school. God gave us favor and we were able to purchase the building. The Lord instructed our pastor to change the name to "New Progressive Cathedral Church of God in Christ." We sold our building at 270 Cumberland Street in May 2006 and moved to our new location at 384 Chili Avenue with our opening service on Sunday, August 13, 2006.

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