Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Church serving the communities of Little Rock, Ferndale, Avilla, Salem, Bryant, Benton, and Paron.
23908 Colonel Glenn Rd Litle Rock AR 72210
Steve Westbrook 501-259-1884 pastor@pilgrimrestlittlerock.org Pastor

Welcome home to Pilgrim Rest.

Welcome to the ministry of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. We really do love you, and want you to find rest in a close, meaningful relationship with our loving God, through Jesus Christ, His Son. This website is dedicated to you, as an effort to help you get to know us and what we do here to serve God and each other, and to reach our world with the wonderful life-giving truths contained in God's Word.

Our regular meeting times are shown at the top of the page. We hope to see you at church.


Computer classes(with Eric Morris) are the 2nd Monday of each month. It is free to the public.

The next Pick-n-Praisin will be January 16 starting at 5:00 at the church.

Simple plan of salvation

Everyone born of man is afflicted with a sin nature. This means that you have the desire to choose to sin against God and also inherit the debt of sin from our greatest grand-father Adam. Jesus was born of a virgin and therefore did not inherit that debt. He lived a perfectly sinless life and gave his life on the cross freely to offer us life. If we will acknowledge and repent of our sin and call on Jesus to save us, He will pay the debt of our sin entirely and we can live with Him in eternity.

Doctrinal Statement

  1. We believe in the complete verbal inspiration and inerrancy of the whole Bible as originally written, and that the Bible is the all sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; II Timothy 3:16,17).

  2. We believe in the personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in Divine perfection (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18; II Corinthians 13:14).

  3. We believe in the Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1, 2).

  4. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; II Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 6:10-17; Revelation 20:10).

  5. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18-20; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:22).

  6. We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ (John 10:30; John 1:1,14; II Corinthians 5:19).

  7. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches, but that His ministry is not limited within the churches (Luke 24:29; John 3:1-18; 14, 16, 17; Acts 1:4, 6, 8; Acts 2:1-4).

  8. We believe that miraculous spiritual gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. There are three non-miraculous gifts of the Spirit which continue: faith, hope, and love (I Corinthians 12-14).

  9. We believe that man was created in the image of God and lived in innocence until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-24; Romans 5:12,19)

  10. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ were substitutionary for all mankind but are made effective only to those who believe (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 2:24; I Peter 3:18; II Peter 3:9; I John 2:2).

  11. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:9-11; I Corinthians 15: 1-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

  12. We believe in the premillennial, personal, bodily return of Christ as the crowing event of the Gentile Age. This event will include the resurrection and rapture of the saved, and the millennium will be followed by the resurrection of the unsaved unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire (John 14:1-6; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19; Revelation 20:4-6; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8).

  13. We believe that the depraved alien sinner is saved wholly by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the requisites to regeneration are repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9); and that the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures, sanctifies, and indwells ever believer (John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Romans 8:9-11; I Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 4:30; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:2).

  14. We believe that all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish (John 3:36; John 3:5-24; John 10:27-30; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 10:39; I Peter 1:5).

  15. We believe that God deals with believers as His children, that He chastises His disobedient child, and that He rewards His obedient child (Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:14-23; John 1:12; Hebrews 12:5-11; II John 8; Revelation 22:12).

  16. We believe that Jesus Christ established His church during His earthly ministry and that it is always a local, visible assembly of Scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship to carry out the Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and each church is an independent, self-governing body, and no other ecclesiastical body may exercise authority over it. We believe that the form of government set forth by Christ for the church is congregational. We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to the New Testament churches only, and that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 18:15-20; Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Acts 6:1-6; Ephesians 3:21).

  17. We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord's churches: baptism and the Lord's Supper. Scriptural baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water, administered by the authority of a New Testament church in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The LordÓł Supper is a memorial ordinance restricted to the members of the church observing the ordinance (Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 8:12,38; Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 5:11-13; I Corinthians 11:17-34).

  18. We believe that there are two Divinely appointed offices in a church, pastor and deacon, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and I Timothy.

  19. We believe that all associations, fellowships, and committees are, and properly should be, servants of, and under the control of the churches (Matthew 20:25-28; Acts 13:1-3, 15; II Corinthians 8; I Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2:6, 15).

  20. We believe that God ordained civil government to promote order in society, to safeguard life, liberty and freedom of worship, and to advance the common good (John 19:10-11; Romans 13:1-7; Leviticus 25:10; Isaiah 61:1; II Corinthians 3:17; Zech. 7:9-10).

    We moreover believe that the nation that would secure the blessing of God will use the moral authority of The Holy Bible as its foundation for law and government (Psalm 9:17;Psalm 33:12; Proverbs 14:34).

    It is the duty of every Christian to provide a positive influence to this end and pray for those in authority (Matthew 5:13-16; I Timothy 2:1-3; I Peter 2:13-17). Every Christian should moreover respect and obey law and authority unless their demands run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:26-29).

  21. We believe that the church has both the authority and obligation under Christ to discipline her membership (Matthew 18:17-20); John 14:15; I Corinthians 5; II Corinthians 11:2), and that such must always be done in love (I Corinthians 16:14; I Thessalonians 4:9,10), and according to Biblical instructions (Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 5:1-13; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14; Titus 3:10). In the event that there is repentance shown, it is the duty of the church to forgive such a one without delay, and to restore them in fellowship as a member of the body (Matthew 18:21, 22; II Corinthians 2:6-11).

Chronicles of the Baptist Heritage

Did you know that Baptists are not Protestants, despite the efforts of many modern historians to claim it so. Until modern historians began identifying them as Protestants, Baptists have always made the claim that their history went well back beyond the Reformers, reaching back to the New Testament period itself.

Indeed, in Religious Denominations of the World, 1871, Vincent L. Milners says, "The Baptists claim their origin from the ministry of Christ and the Apostles... in proof of which they appeal to the highest authorities in church history, such as Mosheim and Neander ...they claim to be able to trace their history in a succession of pure churches, under various names, (from the time of the apostles) down to the Reformation of the sixteenth century."

In the History of the Reformed Church of the Netherlands, 1819, Drs. Ypeig and Dermout, Protestant theologians and historians, said, "We have now seen that the Baptists, who were formerly called Anabaptists, and in later times Mennonites, were the original Waldenses, and have long in the history of the church received the honor of that origin. On this account the Baptists may be considered the only Christian community which has stood since the days of the Apostles; and as a Christian society which has preserved pure the doctrines of the Gospel through all ages."

Johann Mosheim (1694-1755), a German Lutheran church historian, who the Westminister Dictionary of Church History called the father of modern church history, was said to be learned, critical, and impartial. In his Ecclesiastical History From the Birth of Christ to the Present Time, 1726, he said "The true origin of that sect which acquired the denomination of anabaptists, by their administering anew the rite of baptism to those who came over to their communion, ... is hid in the remote depths of antiquity, and is of consequence, extremely difficult to be ascertained. Before the rise of Luther or Calvin, there lay concealed in almost all the countries of Europe, ...many persons who adhered tenaciously to the following doctrine, which the Waldenses, Wickliffites, and Hussites had maintained, ...'That the kingdom of Christ, or the visible church He had established upon earth, was an assembly of true and real saints, and ought therefore to be inaccessible to the wicked and unrighteous.'" Mosheim further writes, "Many of the Paulicians (Baptists in belief and practice, and predecessors of the Waldenses, Albigenses, and Anabaptists) left Bulgaria and Thrace, and formed settlements in Italy, and later almost all the provinces of Europe, and formed gradually a considerable number of religious assemblies who had adhered to their doctrine, and who were afterward persecuted with the utmost vehemence by the Roman pontiffs(popes)."

That most famous Baptist preacher of the 1800's, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, said, "We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born. We never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have a unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ." (From the New park Street Pulpit, Volume VII, Page 225.)

Associated with the American Baptist Association (ABA)

From Pastor Steve Westbrook to our Community:

Picture of our PastorI am honored and so thankful to be serving as pastor of Pilgrim Rest. It is a gift from God. I have never been a part of such a loving, joyful, God-honoring church. God appointed me as pastor here in July 2012. My wife Ava and I have been in the ministry over thirty-three years. We had the amazing adventure of serving as missionaries in Romania for two years, but never have we enjoyed anything more than working with the wonderful people of Pilgrim Rest. They believe the Bible and strive to live it! God has accepted their offering of themselves, their talents, their possessions, and hopes and dreams, and He is blessing, breaking, and multiplying them to lead many to Jesus in these last days.

God is saving souls, changing lives, strengthening families and supporting missionaries and mission work in many places around the world through the ministry of the faithful and talented people of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. Come join us in claiming God's promises! In Numbers 10:29 God's people said, "we are setting out for the place of which the Lord said, 'I will give it to you!' Come with us, and we will do you good; for the Lord has promised good things to Israel." Come with us, and we will do you good!

From Pastor Steve Westbrook to our Church Members:

Precious Brothers, Sisters and Friends,

It is one of the greatest joys and honors of my life to be serving as the pastor of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. God placed us here through the leadership of His Spirit and the call of the church in July of 2012. I have no doubt it is by God's divine appointment that Ava and I are here, and our joy is growing day by day in seeing God work in amazing ways in this church.

The love, unity and righteousness that prevail at Pilgrim Rest are constant testimonies to the commitment of her members to walk in the Spirit of God, according to the clear commandments of His Holy Word. God has blessed us greatly through the exciting process of souls being saved, baptized and added as members to this church body. Then He blesses us further as we watch them grow in grace, knowledge and service.

It is such a wonderful blessing that Pilgrim Rest has a wide range of age groups. We benefit from the rich wisdom and experience of the older members; the strong hard-working leadership of the middle-agers; the energy and talent of young adults; and the excitement and joy of the young people and our children. It gives me great joy as pastor to see all of you working together as a body in worship, praise and service to our Savior; and helping to shine throughout this world the gospel light of His Holy Word concerning salvation, worship and joyful service in His wonderful kingdom.

I want to encourage each of you to continue to walk by faith, step by step, trusting in Jesus Christ, who died for each moment of our lives. One of my favorite Bible verses is Galations 2:20:

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

Jesus died for us to give us the power to live for Him. We receive that power moment by moment, step by step, as we walk by faith, trusting in Him who died for us.

As you have heard me say often, "Please pray for me." I am praying for each one of you and stand ready to do whatever I can to help you grow in grace, knowledge and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Your Pastor, Steve Westbrook

From our Music Minister: Donnie Dillard

In just a few years (if the good Lord tarries His coming), Pilgrim Rest will celebrate her 75th anniversary on April 4, 2018. For 72 years now, this precious "Church in the Wildwood" has been faithfully preaching, teaching and singing the praises of her Lord.

There are many members who have attended Pilgrim Rest all of their lives. Some of these were "born" into this church while some have been a very special part of her humble beginnings since April 4, 1943. These members have been, and continue to be a great blessing and a faithful example to me and to the many ministries of this blood-bought church.

The awesome power of God has been revealed to Pilgrim Rest as the "Sweet Holy Spirit" has moved in people's hearts and minds. This moving of the Spirit has and continues to change those who were and are willing to be "Seekers of Your Heart".

In recent years, God has led many others to join in the battle for truth. In just the first year of the ministry of Bro. Steve and Sis. Ava Westbrook, 23 others were added through salvation, baptism, transfers of church letters and statements of faith. Bro. Rick and Lori Miller were two of those additions. His "I Love Jesus" attitude and spirit are very contagious and encouraging to all. Bro. Rick, who now serves as assistant music director, has added a very special touch with his bass guitar, his singing and piano playing. God continues to move mightily in our midst through powerful preaching, faithful teaching, consistent prayer and soul-stirring music.

The Bible teaches us that we love Christ "because He first loved us". May this wonderful, God-fearing, God-honoring, church continue to "Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in Joyful Song!" May everything we do, say, or sing be for the love of Christ and His Kingdom.

As music director, I am often amazed at the leading and moving of the Holy Spirit. There is definitely a "Sweet, Sweet Spirit in This Place". It is a great joy and privilege to lead the worship here. At the same time, I find it very humbling and a great responsibility.

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, I thank you for this honor.

Bro. Donnie Dillard

Dayspring Baptist Church in Maumelle

Bro. David Ward is our missionary to the City of Maumelle. Located at Hwy 365 and Maumelle Blvd, they're reaching the city of Maumelle for Christ.

Philippine Ministries

We support 34 missionaries in the Philippines. These missionaries work hard in a fertile field where many souls have come to know Jesus.


Every 2 to 3 months, we enjoy having the community come praise God with us. The exact dates vary, but they are typically on Saturday. Check the announcements on the home page to see the next on schedule.

Regular Services

Sunday School: Study through the Bible (Bogard Press Curriculum)

Morning and Evening Worship: Worship and listen to biblical and compelling preaching with Pastor Steve Westbrook and Music Director Donnie Dillard

Wednesday Night: Study Baptist doctrines and spend important time in prayer for family, friends and others in the community


The youth work at service activities such as Rake and Run or helping at the Compassion Center and also enjoy occasional bowling, float trips, church camp, vacation bible school, community carnivals and a host of other activities.

Vacation Bible School

The second full week of July every year, we have a week long Vacation Bible School. It typically starts at 6:45 each night and is finished at 9:00 each night. Friday night is a program with a carnival following the service.

Ladies Sunday School class

The ladies enjoy a Sunday School class together where they can encourage one another in a thorough bible study.


Every 2 to 3 months, we enjoy having the community come praise God with us. The exact dates vary, but they are typically on Saturday. Check the announcements on the home page to see the next on schedule.

Computer class

Eric Morris helps the community by teaching a free computer class on the second Monday of each month at 6:30

Guitar/Ukulele class

Wednesday night before classes begin, our pastor welcomes Guitar and Ukulele students at 6:00

Community Outreach

Multiple times a year, we go help in the community such as at the Compassion Center, New Beginnings Pregnancy Center or providing Thanksgiving boxes to needy families in the community.

Serving the communities of Little Rock, Ferndale, Avilla, Salem, Bryant, Benton, and Paron


John Avery

Carroll Ball

Boyce Brown

Tony Brown

Todd Johnson

Jerrell Terrell


Pictures of members and sunday school classes in progress.


Pastor Steve Westbrook: 501-259-1884