The First Corinthian Baptist Church continued to grow under the leadership of Rev. J.W. Thomas. In 1961, the church moved to 51st & Locust Streets. Growth continued to be rapid. The mortgage on this property was burned on Sunday, May 15, 1967. By this time church services were filled to capacity and it was evident that even larger facilities were needed. On Sunday, March 11,1973 there was a grand and triumphant march from Locust Street to our present location at 5101 Pine Street.
In 1977, Rev. Silas Thomas, the youngest son of Rev. J.W. Thomas was called as Co-Pastor of First Corinthian. In September of 1982, after pastoring this great church for over 45 years, Rev. J.W. Thomas was called from labor to reward. Rev. Silas Thomas was continued as Pastor after his father's death. The church has moved forward and continued to grow under his leadership. On May 25, 1986 the mortgage for this building was burned. Pastor Silas Thomas' thrust was toward a more spiritual and therefore a more enlightened membership. With this in mind he put forth great efforts to increase and improve our Christian education program. As a result, we had regular leadership training sessions and seminars and teacher training classes.
Since 1990, a delegation of Christian education workers has been sent annually to the convention of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education where they attend classes and seminars for a week, and return to church with new ideas, new techniques and great inspiration. Also in September each year another delegation represents the church at the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Again the inspiration for spiritual growth is the resulting benefit, both for the delegates and the general congregation who are the ultimate recipients of the knowledge gleaned from the convention.
Several ministries and outreach programs were developed under the pastorate of Rev. Silas Thomas. Two additional properties were secured as annexes.