This congregation was organized in
1947 in a small building on Juniper Street in Atlanta and was named after Peoples Church in Toronto. Rev. Horace McLeod served as pastor to ten charter-member families and was followed by Rev. Jesse Hendley.
In 1948 the church was incorporated as The Peoples Baptist Church of Atlanta. Within two short years, a new location was secured and the church relocated to Cherokee Avenue in Atlanta. For the next two decades, as Peoples Baptist Church found its footing, Pastor Lloyd Lyle and later Pastor Howard Pyle, were the ones God used to lead the church.
As the end of the 1960’s neared and the next decade approached, Peoples Baptist Church purchased a larger building on Forest Park Road in Forest Park, and it was Rev. Talmadge Walker who served as pastor. He was followed by Dr. Charles Wright, who came in 1971. The church began to experience great growth; a new auditorium was constructed, and a bus ministry was begun.
When it became evident that a still larger building was needed, the church purchased twenty acres on Mt. Zion Boulevard in Morrow. Following Bro. Wright’s 22-year pastorate, the church called associate pastor, David McCoy, to be their pastor in 1993. Within a year, a school ministry, Peoples Baptist Academy, was founded. With the need for more room, the church purchased 100 acres in Henry County and the church relocated to Mill Road in McDonough in 2001.
The church now has many ministries and new ones forming and is also host to the Heart of the South youth meetings each year; an annual ladies’ conference; and the Nationwide Independent Baptist Fellowship, an annual conference to encourage Christians. Christ promised: “I will build my church.” And He has.