Our History

In July of 2012 we were told by our Pastor he had seven (7) messages to prepare the body of Christ to know His will, His way. We were reminded that we are no longer immature Christians but we are called by God to do His will, to study His word and to let Him lead us in His way. We were told this in July and August in seven messages from the book of Revelations. We were told to build an environment where we can grow and to build an environment that would lead to church development.

We listened, we healed and we practiced LOVE as our Pastor dissected these seven messages for our souls. We continued to listen, we continued to pray, and we continued to examine what the Lord was saying to us, His church. We became one body, joined together in Christian love, joined together in Christ.

After 12 and a half years of preparing the way at 1330 Congaree Road; Hopkins, the Lord saw fit to plant Rev. Gregory Benjamin Cunningham as under shepherd of those who fled Egypt, the Lord made a promised to the Pastor that: “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.” Jeremiah 23:3 (NIV) The Lord gently placed us in the Capital View community in Columbia, allowing us to Worship at Southeast Community Church.

In October 2012 the “remnant” formally became Progressive Believers Baptist Church. By November 2012 the Lord gave the Pastor what was to become our creed as Progressive Believers; “Every Member a Believer; and Every Believer a Witness for Jesus Christ.” Our mandate was clear; “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,…” Matthew 28:19

As Progressive Believers we are compelled to share our stories of redemption with those who are outside of the ark of safety. By sharing our stories of life Before we met Christ- How we met Christ-and After we met Christ; we are better equipped to share the saving Grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As Progressive Believers we are indeed fortified by “…forgetting the things which are behind, and REACHING FORWARD to the things which are before, I PRESS on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-)

What We Believe

“And Jesus came to them and said, all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go then, and make disciples of all the nations, giving them baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to keep all the rules which I have given you: and see, I am ever with you, even to the end of the world. ”

— Matthew 28:18-20

Our Ministry Leaders

Reverend Gregory B. CunninghamPastor
Reverend Gregory B. Cunningham is the second of two children of parent’s James and Ada, born on October 24, 1955.

He was raised in a Christian environment. He first received his calling at the age of 11 while attending Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. After being educated in the New York school system he furthered his education attending Hunter College as a pre-med student. During this time Reverend Cunningham was teaching Sunday school, president of the youth ministry, and singing in the Young People’s choir. At the completion of his junior year at Hunter he proclaimed his ministerial devotion and was licensed on December 11, 1977.

At this time he entered and received his BA from Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina. He was ordained on February 15, 1981. He continued his higher education studies and received his Masters of Divinity from Virginia Union University.

Reverend Cunningham served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Major. His most noted accomplishment was to serve as the Director of Automation for the Chief of Chaplains. During that tour of duty he designed and mobilized the Cyber Chaplain Kit providing global reach back capability and automation tools for ministry in all theaters of operation.

In July 2012 Reverend Cunningham and approximately 130 persons under the leadership of the Holy Spirit began a new work as Progressive Believers Baptist Church. Progressive’s mission has been given to Reverend Cunningham through the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.

In addition to pastoring, Reverend Cunningham counsels youths, adults, and married couples. He also conducts workshops in the following areas: church leadership, technology for church administrators, evangelism and Christian Education. His community involvement entails: former co-chair of Richland School District One Community Coalition ‘ROC,’ served 3 terms as a board member with LRADAC formerly referred to as The Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, former Dean of Christian Education with the Wateree Upper Division Missionary Baptist Association and former writer for IMARA Woman magazine. When he I can find time, he’s an avid angler, bowler, archer and master wood crafter.

Reverend Cunningham is married to the former Lizzie Hayes and is the proud father of Shaundra, Brittany, Kenneth and Darius. His personal objective is to grow the body of Christ through worship, preaching, teaching, evangelism, discipleship, stewardship and fellowship.

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me


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