5560 Pleasant Grove Rd. PO Box 205 Marbury, MD 20658 (301)753-6477 pgmbcmarbury@gmail
“Preparing for the Increase”
We believe that this is our season to be blessed. We will work diligently to put the infrastructure in place and be better prepared to receive that which the Lord has blessed us with. The increase is coming! “I will hiss (whistle) for them, and gather them, for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.” Zechariah 10:8
Our Vision is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to our community and to the world. We will do this by inspiring in all persons a love for Christ, a passion for righteousness, and embracing the responsibility of our duties to God and to our fellow man.
To do what God has called us to do in this season:
To Teach- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Tim 3:16
To Preach- the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. 2 Tim 4:2
To Love- For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. Gal 5:14
To Visit- Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Matt 25:36
To Pray- And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1
To Encourage- Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another even as also ye do. 1 Thess 5:11
It is the purpose of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, to know Christ and to make Him known. We joyfully accept Christ’s commission “to teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” (Matt 28:19) We shall seek to fulfill our calling through: Worship, Bible study, Missions, Fervent Prayer, and Faithful Stewardship.
Over the years, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church has been a continuously moving Christian lifeline for its people. Being inspired by the Divine Province of God, the church was founded in August 1907, by Sister Addie E. Thomas, who had received early training in Christian principles at Mount Hope Baptist Church. Her strong faith encouraged the aid of others including Daniel Thomas, Luther Hemsley, Rev. Dickson and Rev. R.B. Ward who often preached services held at Sister Thomas' home. Eventually, services were so well attended that Sister Thomas' home could no longer serve as a meeting place and she convinced Mr. Thomas Simmons to donate the land needed to erect a church. Early parishioners like to tell how the church was named. It seems that Rev. Ward asked Sister Thomas what name she planned, and she answered, "Greater Grove." The Reverend shook his head, smiling, "You are always smiling so pleasantly", he told her, why not call it "Pleasant Grove"? The land in the grove was filled with trees and stumps, but these were small obstacles. Each day, Sister Thomas would go down to the grove with her family to dig up trees and burn bushes. Sister Thomas had many fond memories of Mr. Charlie Simpson, who stopped every evening on his way home from work to help. In two weeks, a quarter of an acre of land had been cleared and the stump holes filled. Sister Thomas bought lumber, built a platform for the preacher and made 25 long benches to seat the congregation. Then she placed three chairs from her house on the platform, brought out the family bible, and put bushes over the pulpit for shade. This provided a larger area to worship and praise His Holy Name. But, the struggle went on, and with God's blessing and under the leadership of Rev. R.B. Ward, a building for Pleasant Grove be-came a reality in July of 1910.
REVEREND WILLIAM A. COATES
On July 13, 2019, with an anointing on his life, Reverend Coates became the 9th Pastor of the 112-year-old Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church located in Marbury, Maryland.
Pastor Coates, a son of Pleasant Grove and great-grandson of its founder Addie E. Thomas, preached his initial sermon on October 5, 2013. On April 13, 2018, Reverend Coates was set apart publicly and ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry under the direction of Pastor Emeritus Carl V. Messiah and Reverend Arthur J. Patterson.
Prior to becoming Pastor, Reverend Coates served the church in many capacities: Assistant Superintendent of Sunday Schools, facilitator of the Thursday Night Prayer Line, Spiritual Advisor to the Youth Department and Young Soldiers for Christ, Adult and Teen Sunday School Teacher, Vice President of the Pleasant Grove Black History Auxiliary, and founder and manager of the gospel group “Deacon and the Boyz”. Pastor Coates is a father figure to many children in the church and the community and has been a teen mentor for numerous years.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Pastor Coates received a Bachelor of Science Degree in African American History/Education from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Leadership at Andersonville Theological Seminary located in Camilla, Georgia.
Pastor Coates wholeheartedly believes in the power of prayer. One of his favorite passages of Scripture is 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
A native of Prince Georges County, Maryland, Pastor Coates, the youngest of three children born to Russell and Annette Coates. Pastor Coates resides in Rison, Maryland with his wife, First Lady Jamel Coates. They have five adult sons Joshua, Jahrod, Jairus, Dylon, Dvante and ten grandchildren.
Yoked together with Pastor Coates for a lifetime in which to do God's work, First Lady Jamel too shares a faithful love for the members she and the Pastor serve. A student of God in her own right, this intelligent, educated, motherly, and empowered First Lady embraces all that a Pastor's Wife must endure. Jamel serves as the anchor to many and is actively involved in the Clerks Office, the Youth, Addie E. Dent Thomas and Flower Club Ministries, and to top it all off, has the voice of an Angel!
• Addie E. Thomas Missionary Society
• Audio-Visual Ministry
• Black History
• Bus Ministry
• Cemetery Caretaker
• Culinary Committee
• Flower Ministry
• Hospitality Committee
• Junior Ushers
• New Generation Choir
• Office of Security
• Pastoral Relations Ministry
• Progressive Men Ministry
• Scholarship Committee
• Senior Ushers
• S.M.T.C.C.A.C. Food Pantry
• Unified Male Chorus
• United Voices of PGMBC
• Women of Purpose
• Young Men's Ministry
• Young Women's Ministry
• Youth Ministry