Church History

God has brought the Lindsay Street Baptist Church Family a long way from its brush arbor beginnings. From 1912, the English Avenue Community has been meeting at the corner of Lindsay Street and North Avenue to lift up praises to Almighty God. Mother Moore and Reverend Tillman were a part of those humble beginnings. Once known as the Greenwood Baptist Church because of the beautiful greenery surrounding the meeting area, Lindsay Street developed from a storefront building to a white shingle edifice. With the new building came the new name of Lindsay Street Baptist Church. Reverend E.S. Swanson served as its first pastor. A bell was placed in the tower inviting all who could hear the ringing to come and fellowship in the house of the Lord. Baptismal services were held in the creek that runs through North Avenue woods.


After the death of Reverend Swanson, the church continued to grow and prosper under the blessed leadership of Reverends Hines and Y.L. Davenport. In 1950, Lindsay Street called Reverend H.M. Alexander as its shepherd. Under Reverend Alexander’s divine spiritual guidance and God’s rich blessings, Lindsay Street focused on God’s true purpose and will. Lindsay Street was committed to saving lost souls, building a Christian community, increasing its membership and building an edifice acceptable and pleasing to God. Under God’s direction and protection, the Heritage church was completed and the cornerstone laid in 1951.


Pastor Alexander became ill in his 27th year of service and it became necessary to call an assistant pastor, Reverend Danny Nance. Reverend Nance served as pastor for only a short time.


In 1980, God blessed the Lindsay Street congregation again in the person of Reverend Anthony A.W. Motley. Under Pastor Motley’s spiritual leadership, Lindsay Street has been the spiritual foundation for many Christian leaders and preachers. The membership continues to grow as we travel the paths that God has laid for this congregation. Pastor Motley sees the vision of God and continues to build up the congregation through his powerful preaching and teaching ministries.

God is directing Lindsay Street to serve as a beacon of light to the English Avenue Community and to reach outside the walls of the church to meet the needs of the people of God. Lindsay Street seeks to fulfill the will of God through the birth of the English Avenue Community Development Corporation, the Tuesday Night Men’s Ministry, the Evangelistic Outreach Team, the New Members Committee, the Early Sunday Morning Worship and many other ministries.


As the various communities and church ministries were blessed with continuous growth, more space was needed. Lead by God, Reverend Motley and the members began to prayerfully consider whether to move to another location or remain in the present location. Through prayer and faith in God, a revelation came to Pastor and the congregation to continue to worship and to serve in the English Avenue Community.


Pastor Motley and the church officers set the wheels in motion to build a new edifice in the community. Now we are enjoying the fruits of our labor. September 9, 2001 marked the day we entered and dedicated our new Horizon facility at 550 Lindsay Street.


May we continue to have faith in God, praise His holy name and witness to him.



Our Pastor: Reverend Anthony Avery Wagner Motley


Pastor Motley was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He received his elementary school education at Whitley Elementary School, Plateau, Alabama. His family then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he received his high school education at Woodard High School. His college career began at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a major in philosophy. He then transferred his credits to Morehouse College, majoring in Religion and minoring in Philosophy. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1980. Upon completing studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center, he was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education.


Reverend Motley comes from a deeply religious family from whom the Lord has called many ministers. He received Christ at the age of eight and was called into the ministry when he was eighteen years of age. His father, the late Dr. D. L. Motley, Sr., the renowned and respected Pastor Emeritus of the Peace Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, licensed and ordained him in 1971 and 1973, respectively.


Reverend Motley served the following churches: Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Tallapoosa, Georgia, Wares Grove Baptist Church, Cedartown, Georgia, and Flat Rock Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia.


Reverend Motley accepted the pastorship of the Lindsay Street Baptist Church on September 7, 1980.


He is the proud father of his daughter Shaunae and a beautiful granddaughter Sanaa Lauren.


Pastor Motley is deeply involved in community activities seeking to improve the conditions of the socially and economically oppressed and the spiritually impoverished. He is active with many organizations which include the Concerned Black Clergy, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the American Baptist Convention, past President of the Atlanta Baptist Ministers’ Union and the New Era State Convention of Georgia, board member of Vine City Housing Ministry and the chairman of the English Avenue Community Development Corporation. He was an adjunct professor at Morris Brown College, 1998-2002. Reverend Motley is much sought after as a speaker, lecturer, teacher and preacher.


Under the leadership of Reverend Anthony Motley, the congregation of Lindsay Street completed a major worship edifice, which seats upwards of 1,000 people. If there is one word to describe Reverend Motley, it is “visionary”.

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