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Mission Statement

The mission of Plaza Baptist Church is “to know Him and to make Him known” by teaching God’s word for life change; showing Jesus Christ to those in our sphere of influence by our conduct and our words; and giving of ourselves to support the church and mission efforts throughout the world.

Plaza's History

Plaza Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, has a long history of delivering the powerful message of Jesus’ life and teachings to the people of North Charlotte and around the world. Founded July 24, 1938 as Friendly Tabernacle Baptist Church, this body of Christians has weathered many changes; of name, of location and of leadership; all while maintaining its focus on Biblical teaching and evangelism. The church assumed its current location at 3321 The Plaza and the Plaza Baptist Church name in September of 1949.

The world around Plaza has changed significantly in recent years. The hip, historic arts district known today as NoDa represents a drastic transformation to this area of North Charlotte. Formally populated by Charlotte’s Cotton Mill Workers, the NoDa area today has seen an influx of the “in and now”. This demographic turnover has renewed Charlottean’s interest in the district. Plaza has responded in kind with renewed interest in reaching the people of North Charlotte.

Through the years hundreds have had their lives changed. The church is unique in that some twenty-eight members have gone from the church into full-time ministry. Many experiencing the love, care and fellowship in the church have said, "There is no church like Plaza".

Our Pastors

  • Reverend R.H. Black: 1938 to July 1940.
  • Reverend Milford N. Person: 1940 to 1943.
  • Reverend Jack Strating: 1943 to 1944.
  • Reverend J. D. Griffin: 1944 to 1952.
  • Reverend Rommie Pierce: 1953 to 1963.
  • Reverend Paul Couch: 1964 to 1970.
  • Reverend David A. Gales Sr.: 1971 to 2003.
  • Reverend Tom Dagle: 2003 to 2004.
  • Reverend Rick Miller: 2004 to 2008.
  • Reverend Stephen Bounds: 2008 to 2009.
  • Reverend Wally Carmichael: 2009 to 2010.
  • Reverend Chip Zeller: 2010 to 2011.
  • Reverend David A. Gales Sr.: 2012 to current.