Triumph Baptist Church

Sewickley Black History Tour

Triumph Baptist Church

Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143, United States

Created By: Sweetwater Center for the Arts


Triumph Baptist Church
201 Frederick Avenue, Sewickley

Born at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson, Triumph Baptist Church of Sewickley resulted from meetings of community members to organize a Missionary Baptist Church. Leadership and laymen from the Allegheny General Baptist Association joined to worship and organize beginning in 1905. The church then met in a small frame building on leased property on Centennial Avenue. After the purchase of the lot at Frederick and Ferry Streets in 1908, another small frame building was erected in 1911. The congregation continued to grow and the Triumph Baptist Church building you see today went up in 1924. The present edifice was completed and the prior, smaller building demolished. The church did important missionary work through the years and was a generous community supporter. The Triumph Baptist Church congregation has once again outgrown its edifice. Triumph Church built a new building and moved to Mt. Nebo Road outside of Sewickley proper in 2013. Triumph Church is now led by Pastor Craig Giles.

Black History of the Time (1905-2013)
As stated earlier in this tour, Sewickley’s Black community once supported five predominantly Black congregations. Most were founded in the beginning of the 20th century. The creation of a Missionary Baptist Church presented another organization that would offer strong support for the entire community. With a focus on missionary ministries local and foreign, education, health care, literacy, social justice and economic development, Missionary Baptist Churches create strong connections with their communities through a variety of programs and welcoming ideals. Triumph offered many auxiliaries, clubs, missions, programs and outreach to the community. All of Sewickley’s churches, their support and love, offer a glimpse into the importance of the Black church to communities of color.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Sewickley Black History Tour


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