Peoples Community Statement of Faith


• There is one God in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
• The Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God.
• That the Bible is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction.
• All have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are in need of salvation.
• Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men.
• There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust
• In the personal, visible, imminent return of Jesus Christ.
• In water baptism and observance of the Lord's Supper.

The Holy Spirit, ten charter members and their families founded Peoples Community Missionary Baptist Church in 1957. The church, as we know it today, has its roots in the earnest dedication, prayer and Bible study of founders, Lawson and Viola Gist, Benny and Rosie Gregory, William Johnson, Joseph and Lovie Patton, Verna Robinson and Robert and Emma Thomas. The group met in the home of the Gists and Pattons.

The first church home was a converted drug store located at 3295 Harrison near Carlysle, Inkster, MI. Through the vision and faith of Robert Thomas, or Dad, a young businessman who had recently acknowledged his calling into the ministry, was asked to become their spiritual leader. John David Hearn accepted the office, thinking it would be a temporary position.

Almost 42 years later, on June 6, 1999, Reverend Hearn announced his retirement as Pastor of Peoples Community. The church, by recommendation of Rev. Hearn, voted by majority to elect Reverend Gerry Keith Hearn as succeeding pastor. Rev. John Hearn officially passed the mantle to his son Gerry following his October Retirement Celebration. Gerry was installed November, 1999, as the church's second pastor in its 42-year history. Under his leadership, Evangelist Juanita Cross became the first church female Evangelist on June 27, 2002.

The year 2005, brought an unwelcome, tragic turn of events for our Church. In April, 2005, Peoples Community Church of Westland was without a Pastor and a church facility to worship in collectively. The days and weeks to come were demanding, but with God, brotherly love, cooperation and perseverance, we were able to overcome this difficulty together. The church began to meet in a hall called, Serenity on the Avenue. And for eight (8) months, we relied on God and one another and worked effectively as a team.

Although we were without a shepherd, we were not without, "The Great Shepherd", Jesus Christ. Being ever mindful of His words, "Upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18). God proved Himself faithful to us. January, 2006, God heard our cry and Peoples Community Church held their first worship service back in our worship facility located at 29745 Annapolis Road.

Thereafter, April, 2006, a Pastoral Search Committee was formed and after six months, the Pastoral Search Committee recommended Rev. Vincent Matthews as the candidate for pastor of Peoples Community Missionary Baptist Church of Westland. An election was held on October 21, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Junior chapel of our church. Reverend Oscar Carter, of Springhill Baptist Church monitored the election.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006, shortly after 6:00 p.m., the Peoples Community Missionary Baptist Church of Westland voted Reverend Vincent James Matthews as our Pastor, with a voting percentage of 91.2% of the congregation. Although there was an electoral process, we thank God for His Sovereignty in selecting and sending Pastor Matthews and his family to our congregation.

We celebrate God's Faithfulness to His Church, and the Peoples Community Missionary Baptist Church truly can testify on the old Hymn:

"We've come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord.
Trusting in His Holy Word.
He's never failed us... "