Inspired by the legacy of Rev. George Leile, George Leile Visions, Inc. was created to continue the work of service and evangelism in the Savannah community. GLV was founded in 1990 by First African Baptist Church to meet the physical, social and psychological needs of impoverished people. George Leile Visions, Inc. was incorporated on March 13, 1990. The organization received 501(c)3 status the same year and is designated as a religious organization. As a nonprofit of First African Baptist Church, George Leile Visions, Inc. manages and extends several ministries of the church.
Rev. George Leile, the first pastor of First African Baptist Church was born in Virginia circa 1750. He was removed to Georgia where he was converted and baptized by Rev. Matthew Moore. Rev. Leile was licensed and ordained to preach the gospel which he did traveling from plantation to plantation. In May of 1775 he was ordained as the pastor and in December of 1777, the church was officially constituted as a body of organized believers. In 1782, rather than risk reenslavement, Pastor Leile left with the British when Savannah was evacuated and migrated to Jamaica. In 1784, he organized the first Baptist church in Kingston, making him the first Baptist missionary of record. He became the first American missionary, 30 years before Adoniram Judson left for Burma.
As an extension of FAB ministries, GLV provides cultural education through tourism, a job-readiness program through parking services, media services, gift shop services, housing, utility, food, clothing, and referral assistance to the Savannah-Chatham County, state, national & international communities.
By performing these services, GLV ties into the history of First African Baptist Church by following the work of other pastors in addition to Rev. Leile. First African Baptist Church has been a place of leadership and service since its inception. Reverend Emmanuel King Love, the sixth pastor, led the movement to establish Savannah State University, formerly known as Georgia State Industrial College for Colored Youth. Rev. Love also played a big role in the establishment of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Paine College in Augusta, GA. The civil rights museum in Savannah, GA is named in the honor of former pastor, Rev. Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert for his courageous work during the Civil Rights Movement in the South.