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Pleasant Grove Church (PGC) located at 1528 Davis Drive, Cary, North Carolina has deep roots dating back more than 147 years. Some descendants of the original families continue to attend service.  


The first worship service was held under a bush arbor at Adams Crossroads in Morrisville, NC. The first structure was built on the road leading from Mount Herman Baptist Church into Nelson, NC. This church site was near the west side of what is now known as RDU Airport.

As the church grew physically and spiritually, some members relocated to other communities and or states; some enrolled in military service; while others pursued college educations. Many members returned and made PGC their church home. When asked why they returned, the collective answer was, “At PGC there are no strangers, we’re all family." This does not stop when Sunday service ends. Whether you come as a guest, curious observer, or someone looking for a new church home, the spiritual embracing starts at the front door with a smile and a warm greeting, "Welcome to PGC!" This non-denominational and diverse Christian church is often and jokingly referred to as ‘one of Cary’s most well kept secrets.’ It is surrounded by trees and situated more than 50 yards from the road. PGC’s intent is to boldly support its Mission Statement: “To go, make disciples, baptize and teach in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19-20.

Note: In 2004 the church name was changed from Pleasant Grove United Church of Christ to Pleasant Grove Church.

God’s Appointed Leaders

In 1998 Rev. Dr. Classy M. Preston was appointed pastor of PGC. “This was the most significant change in our history,” states Deacon Johnny Daniel, a PGC member for more than 70 years. Rev. Preston and the advisory committee were committed to protecting the legacy and core values that began with the 17 previous pastors.. Being a strong believer in the written word, Rev. Preston took solace in Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Six years later, on Sunday, August 15, 2004, Rev. Preston and members of the congregation participated in the Ground Breaking Ceremony for PGCs fifth location. . The building was formally dedicated on May 7, 2006, and on August 27, Pleasant Grove Church held its first service at Davis Drive. Even the stained glass windows, that are more than 75 years old, were moved and installed in the new location.

The current space is Phase 1 of the PGC plan.  The past and present together make PGC’s mission more relevant to current and future needs of the church and surrounding communities. 

If These Walls Could Talk

Before the drywall could be installed, Pastor Preston and several members of the congregation covered the Church with the word of God. Biblical passages and heart-felt comments were written and sealed in the walls of PGC.

PGC Commitment To Service

“We’re more than just brick and mortar,” states Rev. Preston. “We are the salt of the earth. It was God who led us to Cary to partner with existing ministries, agencies and develop programs that would support the surrounding communities.” Rev. Preston makes reference to Matthew 5:13 - “If a seasoning has no flavor, it has no value. If Christians make no effort to affect the world around them, they are of little value to God.”  Pleasant Grove Church is ‘seasoning’ nearby communities, by having its disciples work as volunteers with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Red Cross, Dorcas Ministries, and Tuskegee Airmen Heart of Carolina Chapter.

Our children are a priority in the life of the church. We provide a spiritually enriching environment through a variety of youth ministries, like the Marshall Dixon Scholarship Fund, and most recently, the creation of PGC Dream Academy.

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Pleasant Grove Church * http://www.pgc-cary.org
1528 Davis Drive * Cary, North Carolina 27513 Phone : (919) 363-5198