15 at Fifteenth

All members are asked to commit to bringing a total of 15 people to visit FABC between now (July 22, 2018) and the end of the year - an average of 3 people per month. This initiative is an effort to increase FABC's evangelistic reach by looking within our own social circles for those needing to come to Christ or a new church home.


While we love for our family and friends who attend others churches to visit, 15 at Fifteenth is specifically about connecting with the unchurched and unsaved.  We kindly, and specifically, ask that your 15 at Fifteenth guests be those who are not currently connected with a church home.

Press Release

Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church


The Officers and Leadership of historic Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church are pleased to announce the election of Rev. Dr. David G. Latimore as the 6th Senior Pastor. He begins at the Church on Sunday, July 22nd. Rev. Dr. Latimore comes to our ministry as a seasoned Pastor, successful executive, and accomplished scholar. He most recently served as Senior Pastor at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet, IL. Other pastorates include Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida and the Southern Union Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO. He has also served the First Calvary Baptist Church as Senior Associate Minister and was licensed into ministry by Bishop Paul S. Morton at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church.


Rev. Dr. Latimore graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics in 1990 and received his Master’s of Divinity degree from Duke University in 2008. He received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Homiletics from McCormick Theological Seminary in May 2015. His doctoral thesis was entitled, Liberating Lazarus: The Homiletical Mediation of Liberation for Congregant and Community and he was awarded the John Randall Hunt Prize for Outstanding D.Min. Thesis and Academic Record. Additionally, Rev. Dr. Latimore is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His dissertation focuses on the effects of neoliberalism's ideology on the theology of the Christian church.


Prior to seminary, Pastor Latimore enjoyed a successful career in investment management and economic development. Most recently he served as President and CEO for the Initiative for A Competitive Inner City (ICIC), an economic research firm focused on economic development in America’s inner cities. He has served in several executive management positions in investment management firms across the nation. Pastor Latimore has faithfully served his community as a founding member of the African-American Clergy Coalition of Joliet, former Chaplain of the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center, and Chair of the Joliet Black Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at McCormick Theological Seminary, Moody Bible Institute and the University of Chicago.


Pastor Latimore is blessed to be the husband of Min. Tammie Brown Latimore and father of Grace, Sydney, David, II, Lauren, and Nina.