Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.

If you are considering a new place of worship or a relocation to our area, we would love to have you be our guest.  We offer a full service nursery/kindergarten ministry that welcomes ages one year olds to seven year olds during the Sunday morning worship service.

When you visit our church, you will find:

• A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
• Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
• Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age
• We look forward to meeting you.


Sunday 11:15 am
Wednesday 12pm noon Bible Study
Wednesday 6pm prayer and Bible Study


In His Care,
Pastor Curtis Whittaker, Sr.


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Rev. Curtis Whittaker, Sr. serves as Senior Pastor of Progressive Community Church of Gary, Indiana.  He is a licensed and ordained minister whose focus is pastoral care and counseling and community and economic development.  He has a passion for evangelism and education and believes in the elimination of barriers that prevent individuals from reaching the potential and purpose for which they were created. 

On December 25, 2011 he was named Senior Pastor. Under his leadership, the church continues to grow exceedingly and lives have been changed.  Because of his love for God and mankind, he is affectionately known as a Pastor after God's own heart.

Rev. Curtis Whittaker, Sr. is a certified public accountant and a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington.  Prior to founding Whittaker & Company, he worked for an international accounting firm and as a fiscal analyst for a global oil and gas company.

Pastor Curtis has begun work on his Masters degree in Theology at the Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.

Whittaker serves as the Chair of the Board of the Lake Area United Way and is the current President and CEO of Families Anchored in Total Harmony CDC (the 501(c)(3) outreach arm of Progressive Community Church). 

Whittaker is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Indiana CPA Society, the National Association of Black Accountants, the Gary Chamber of Commerce, and the Baptists Ministers Conference of Gary and Vicinity. 


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Rev. LaShawn Whittaker is the Executive Pastor for the Progressive Community Church of Gary, under the leadership of her husband, Reverend Curtis A. Whittaker, Sr.  A shining example of a devoted wife and mother, she preaches and teaches God’s Word.  Pastor Shawn is a graduate of Fisk University, Boston University and Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

She is a visionary. As Director of Sisters Influencing Sisters To Achieve Success (S.I.S.T.A.S) she directs ministry projects and activities. S.I.S.T.A.S meet monthly with relevant Biblical motivating topics.   In 2012, Pastor Shawn developed Fresh Power© Women’s Conference, an annual convention where women of all walks of life come together under one roof to glorify God, to engage in life-changing topics, to share in uplifting one another and to leave inspired. Along with Progressive and its non profit organization - Families Anchored In Total Harmony (F.A.I.T.H), Fresh Power© is committed to charitable giving to two local organizations benefiting women and children.  Then, a full scale operating nursery ministry was launched with state of the art equipment and loving staff.  In 2013, the Holy and Healthy Ministry was introduced.  It is designed to offer free aerobics exercise class for anyone seeking to maintain a healthy physical, mental and spiritual body.  In 2013, Pastor Shawn also became the   Executive Pastor.

Pastor Shawn challenges women to become leaders, helping them to discover and grow in their unique purposes in life.  Her unwavering faith in God continues to fuel her mission-to inspire women to live a life guided by God, grounded in faith, and growing in grace.

As a physician and surgeon, Pastor Shawn is the owner of Freeman Foot Care, Inc.  She and her husband are the proud parents of Curtis Jr.