History

History

Gray’s Creek Church, the oldest established African-American church in Shelby County, TN. was founded in February 1843 by two free slaves, Simon Price and Joseph “Free Joe” Harris. After slavery was abolished, the church served as a school for African-Americans until 1918, when the first public schools were established for African-Americans to attend.

In existence for over 170 years, some of the church’s most well-known former Pastors are Pastor E. V. Jones, who served for 40 years and Pastor Wylie Harris, who served for 35 years.

Gray’s Creek was built from a strong foundation and has seen many milestones. As we embrace our rich history, we are constantly adding to the foundation that has already been laid. In September 2012, Patrick Tucker became the Pastor of Gray’s Creek. Under Pastor Tucker’s leadership, several new church and outreach ministries have been created. Over the years, God has truly blessed Gray’s Creek and its members. Our church history is evolving from generation to generation, and as we continue to grow and build up God’s Kingdom, we are praying for communities to be better and to reach the lost in Jesus’ name.

As Pastor Tucker leads us today, The Creek is a growing body of believers in Jesus Christ. The members representing various ages, races, and backgrounds. God’s blessings are upon us as we pray together, worship as one body of believers, increase our mission outreach and focus our faith in the word of God.

Gray’s Creek Baptist Church | 3141 Inglewood Place | Arlington, Tennessee 38002 | Pastor Patrick D. Tucker