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Colerain Baptist Church

Colerain township, Lancaster county, Pa

From History of Lancaster County" by Ellis and Evans, printed 1883 page 733

Colerain Baptist Church, located in Colerain township, was organized on the 19th day of June, 1843. A council, composed of the Revs. James V. Alison, Thomas S. Griffith, William Rudy, Henry Essick, John S. Jenkins, J. B. Lyon; and Enos M. Phillips, convened in a grove near where the meeting house now stands, and organized with twenty.six members, as follows: Daniel Harrar, Margaret Harrar, Joseph Harrar, Catherine Harrar, Jesse Harrar, Uriah Harrar, Tuzza Harrar, Isabella Harrar, Enos Watson, Rachel Harrar, Joshua Pusey, Mary Ann Pusey, Robert Ford, James Harvey Clendenin, Ann Eliza Swisher, Elizabeth Brown, Margaret Swisher, Martha Rebecca Swisher, Elizabeth Eshelman, Margaret R. Williams, Jane Findley, Eliza Reath, and Ann Jane Gibson. These persons were all members in good standing in Glen Rock and Beulah Baptist Churches, and withdrew to organize the Colerain Baptist Church, it being nearer their several homes. The first named persons were from Beulab Church, situated in Chester County. The first minister was the Rev. Enos M. Phillips, who served as pastor from 1843 to 1850. The succeeding ministers were as follows: Revs. H. Essick, --- Eisenbry, J. P. Hall, ---- Lewis, --- Still (who died here, after which his brother preached as a supply for a short time), D. J. R. Strayer, ----- Lear, E. M. Phillips, W. 0. Owens, Alfred Wells, Albert Whitmarsh, Joseph Sharp, and J. B. Soule, the present pastor. His pastorate began Oct. 1, 1881. There are at present one hundred and twenty eight members, with church property valued at five thousand dollars.

There has been a Sabbath-school connected with the church since its organization, The first superintendent was Mr. Keech, elected April 13, 1844. The present superintendent is A. J. Matthews. The Sabbath school is largely attended, and doing good work.

"Churches of Today and Yesterday in Southern Lancaster County" by Fellowship of Solanco Churches, Raymond Dunlap, George Herbert, & Richard Yates , Sr. printed 1968


Colerain Baptist Church was officially organized Monday, June 19, 1843, by a council of seven Baptist Ministers who met on that day in the grove at the site of the present building. Charter members came from the Glen Rock and Beulah Baptist churches. Records show that on June 3, 1843 sixteen members from Glen Rock 1 and ten from Beulah were given letters of dismissal for the purpose of forming the Colerain Church "to be an Independent Baptist Church of Jesus Christ."

First Pastor was the Reverend E. M. Phillips, one of the seven men who met in council for the purpose of organizing the Church. He served until 1847. Thirty men served for various periods of time until the present pastor, the Reverend Ralph L. Cherry, was installed on May 22, 1966.

The Church was partially rebuilt in 1931, and the original red brick exterior disappeared beneath white stucco in 1955. The basement area was completely excavated and Sunday School rooms built a number of years ago.

Regular services conducted by Cole rain are: Sunday School 9:30 A.M.,

Morning Worship 10:30 A.M., Young People's Meeting 6:30 P.M.,

Evening Service 7:30 P.M.,

Wednesday Evening Prayer meeting 7:30 P.M.,

Choir rehearsal Wednesday 6:45 P.M.

Services are held monthly at the Christian Servicemen's Center in Aberdeen. Maryland.

Colerain cemetery, began in 1843, is still being used by the Church and Community.

Colerain Baptist Church, after a number of years of affiliation with the Central Union Baptist Association, voted in 1952 to return to the position stated by the founders who had declared it was to be Man independent Baptist Church of Jesus Christ. . . ."

1 Franklin Ellis and Samuel Evans, History at Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, p. 733, shows Glen Rock instead of Glen Run

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