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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.

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Reverend Butts Samuel Proctor

Calvin O. Butts, III, D.Min., begins service as executive minister. Forming a partnership in ministry, Drs. Proctor and Butts advanced outreach services through church programs and special projects such as the Abyssinian Crusaders Athletic Association, scouting, tutoring, and release time Christian education for church and community youth.


Community Service

Group-shotThe church established a Food Buying Cooperative, a voter registration drive, and a Housing Development Fund company for the construction of Abyssinian Towers, a 100-unit senior citizen’s apartment building on West 131st Street.