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Parkview Baptist Church, now known as Greater Parkview Church, was founded in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred Twenty-Six, by families of the village of Slickville, PA; for the purpose of worshipping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The founding minister was Reverend A.C. Maloy (1923-1940.) Early members were Deacon Howard Moore and Mother Georgeanne Williams. The church was a close-knit community of 67 members at that time. In 1926, Mrs. McKee donated land to the church, on which the congregation erected a church edifice.
In 2003, Parkview Baptist Church summoned Reverend Carl E. Jones, Sr. to serve as Pastor. Reverend Jones immediately began making enhancements to the church and advances in outreach ministries. A membership that had dwindled to five members, increased to 65 members. Many new ministries were added to the church; Men and Women’s Ministry, Sunday School, Youth Church and a Nursing Home ministry.
In 2004, Pastor Jones held a church meeting to expound on the vision that God had given him in moving the church forward to the next dimension. In September 2007, Pastor Jones presented a proposal to change the name of the church from “Parkview Baptist Church” to “Greater Parkview Church”. The reason being. Parkview Baptist was no longer a church to only served the Baptist faith. Greater Parkview Church would be a nondenominational, multicultural church; one that would look like heaven with all cultural and denominational backgrounds. Since the name change, under Pastor Jones’ teaching and boundless enthusiasm, Greater Parkview Church, has attracted members from all cultural and denominational backgrounds.
In January 2008, a church in downtown Greensburg became available. In March 2009, a new church edifice was purchased, located at 103 Westminster Avenue, Greensburg, PA, the current location of Greater Parkview Church. The new location of Greater Parkview Church was dedicated in July 2009. New ministries have since been established which include: Abraham’s Attic (clothing for the under-privileged), Joshua’s Men’s Ministry, and Esther’s Women’s Ministry, Youth Church, Church Nursery, Mime Ministry “Silent Praise, Youth Choir, Ladies Connect, and a Youth & College Ministry to serve the church’s youth and the local universities and colleges. The Van Ministry transports members and area college students to and from church services and special functions. Bible Study and Sunday School are ongoing as well as New Member Classes and Gift Assessments.
In September 2013, the Each One Teach One Daycare Learning Center and the Before & After School Care Program was launched; now in 2017 the vision is being realized as the Center is growing to near capacity. In addition, the church is moving forward in implementing after school tutoring, SAT/ACT Prep, GED qualification and accreditation in the first quarter of 2018. Some of our community activities include, but not limited to, is participating with local churches and fellowshipping with one another; since 2015 participated in co-sponsoring Westmoreland County Food Bank program, Operation Fresh Express in feeding those in need within the community (approximately distributing over 200,000 lbs. of food to over 1600 families); participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Project, in providing Christmas gifts to needy children.
As God continues to lead GPC, we will stay focused on the “Vision”, focused on the “Ministry” He’s given us and continually be resilient in our pursuit of Excellence. We recognize that as we strive toward the Mark of the High Calling of God in Christ, it’s not what lies before us, nor what lies behind us but He who lives in Us that has and will cause all these blessings and favors to come to pass.
Bishop Carl E. Jones, Sr. has served as the pastor of Greater Parkview Church (GPC) in Greensburg, PA since July 2003. He began his Christian walk at the early age, where he accepted Christ and was baptized. He served in various ministries from youth to adulthood. It was at First Baptist Church of Richardson, Texas where Pastor Jones was ordained as Deacon. He served as a Deacon for four years then he accepted his calling to proclaim the Word of God. Pastor Jones was ordained by Pastor Craig Giles and served as an associate minister at Triumph Baptist Church until he was called to the pastorate. He credits a lot of Greater Parkview’s excellence to God and his ministry mentor and father, Bishop Leslie Patterson, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Sterling, VA, who continues to be a great source of leadership and guidance.
Under the leadership of Pastor Jones, the church’s first mission was meeting the needs of the masses.
He implemented ministries such as Evangelism, Christian Education, Bible Study, and Family Ministries. In March 2008, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Greater Parkview Church became a member of The Lord’s Churches Fellowships and Ministries International, Inc. Not long after joining the fellowship, a portion of Pastor Jones’ vision became a reality. In March 2009, Pastor Jones and the members of GPC purchased the current new church edifice.
Many GPC ministries have been birthed and implemented, Music Ministries – Adult Choir and Youth Choir, GPC Clothes Closet, Hospitality Ministry, Joshua Men’s Ministry, Esther Women’s Ministry, Mime Ministry, and Ladies Connect Ministry. Also, during that time of growth and expansion, the GPC pastoral staff has grown.
We have added four (4) pulpit associates in addition to the increasing growth within the congregation.
In September 2013, another phase of the vision was realized with the opening of the Each One Teach One Daycare & Preschool and the Before/After School Care Program. Pastor Jones and GPC have realized much success in the last several years, however; it has not been easy. But it was Pastor Jones’ faithfulness and unyielding desire to complete the assignments and purposes God has placed before him and in him. In June 2014, Pastor Carl E. Jones, Sr., presiding pastor of Greater Parkview Church, was appointed to the position of bishop for Lords Fellowship Churches of Pennsylvania.
Bishop Jones holds a BA Degree in Business/Marketing from Northwood University. He studied at Trinity Theological Seminary and he is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Divinity at Andersonville Theological Seminary. Bishop Jones works for Nissan North America as Senior Dealer Operations Manager.
Bishop Jones is a member and former Branch President of the Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP. He has a partner in ministry, his wife Stephanie, and three children; Carl, Jr., Forrest and Olivia. He is dedicated to his family, church family, his relatives, and friends. His life is indicative of his favorite words,
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
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