SHERMAN — Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 120th Church Anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be "Staying Focused on Jesus" based on Matt. 14:28-30.

SHERMAN — Progressive Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 120th Church Anniversary at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be "Staying Focused on Jesus" based on Matt. 14:28-30.


Special guests will be Apostle Samuel N. Castle and the Temple of Hope, Faith and Grace Non-Denominational Church. Castle is a graduate of Business Management Center and American Trades Institute and served in the U.S. Navy for nine years. He attended the Interdenominational Theological Seminary and is especially gifted in the areas of preaching, teaching and the prophetic word.


Progressive was officially organized on March 11, 1894. The original membership was comprised of 75 people. The first services were held under a brush arbor in a wooded area in the west part of the city known as Brush Town. The church worshiped in several locations, including the Grayson County Court House until a building was purchased from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and moved to a site at the corner of Montgomery and College Streets. This structure was destroyed by fire. In 1940-41 the church built a structure on the same site and worshiped there until 1960 when a new building was erected under the leadership of Rev. W.E. McGruder Sr.


Progressive moved to its new location, 1101 E. Houston in Sherman in June 2010, under the leadership of their current pastor, Rev. Craig A. Davis Sr.


Area churches as well as the community are invited to join them in this time of celebration.