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History of The Abyssinian Baptist Church

Our history conveys a rich legacy of leadership and faith, our activist commitment to serving the needs of the local and global community and a dedication to our mission of winning more souls for Christ.

Breaking New Ground


Abyssinian’s West 40th St. site was sold for approximately $200,000. Ground breaking for the new church was held on April 9. Construction of the Gothic- and Tudor-style church—which featured imported European stained glass windows and an Italian marble pulpit—and the adjacent community house* was completed in 14 months for a total cost of $334,888.86.

*This structure is the current church dining hall, administrative offices, rehearsal space, nursery and credit union.