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St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church

LOCATION: 2504 Chipco Ave., Tampa; 247-2345.

SERVICES: Worship service at 8 and 11 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Sunday; praise and worship service at 6:30 p.m. and Bible study at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

LEADERSHIP: The Rev. Bartholomew Banks, pastor

HISTORY: The church was founded in 1924 by the late Rev. Mack Woodard.

MEMBERSHIP: About 2,000

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: The church has a partnership with DACCO, a drug rehabilitation program, and is a designated site for the Central Hillsborough Healthy Start Project. It has a Progressive Achievers after-school and summer enrichment program. It serves as a meeting place for Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Brownies, Cadet Troops and Keenagers, a senior citizen program. St. John is a host site for the SHARE food program.

NOTABLE: Formed the St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Corporations to Develop Communities. The CDC develop programs and offer services in the community in which it worships.

_ CONNIE DREW

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