The Westside Missionary Baptist Church was organized on Wednesday, February 28, 1945, in the home of Mrs. Ethel West-Grimmitt with 267 members. The first Worship Service was held on the March 4, 1945 at the St. James Baptist Church, of which the late Rev. E. Moore was Pastor. Later plans were made to purchase a piece of property located on W. Main Street, at a cash price of $3, 500. On Sunday, November 18, 1945 the brilliant procession comprising hundreds of members and friends marched down W. Main Street to the church singing, "I AM BOUND FOR CANAAN."
In 1957, due to the urban renewal project, it became necessary for the church to relocate. In June 1957, the members of Westside, along with friends formed a motorcade procession that extended for several blocks, and rode to the new location. This was yet another happy day in the life of Westside and one that shall be remembered for years to come. While the church was being renovated, the members worshipped in the Alton Park Junior High School and held prayer services in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dunlap.
God allowed the Westside Church to pass through the greatest period of expansion of our church, and it is possible that we are entering upon an era of even greater progress.
As we look to the future, let us go forth blazing a trail for a new day; yet plugging upward and onward with the cross of Calvary in our view, with the hope that our efforts shall be so marked with the approval of the Master that when the time comes for our departure we shall look with satisfaction at the words, “Well Done.”
"...For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples."