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Providence Baptist Church was organized after a brush arbor meeting in August, 1916. Land was donated by Charles Gann and the church was named Providence because it was only through the Providence of God that the congregation was able to erect a church building. Working at night and carrying lanterns to light their way as they walked between their homes and the church, men of the community built the church. Admitted to the Hamilton County Baptist Association on 22 August, 1917, this church still serves its community. First deacons were Jim Cole, J. T. Berkley, and Sam Thompson. The brush arbor has been maintained by the church for many years.

Bessie Maude (Nix) Massingill was a charter member of Providence Baptist Church.

Early pastors included:

John Seymour Deaton, 1917--1920, 1922--1925, 1927

J. L. S. Deaton, 1921

John Dempsey West, 1929

Allen Boone DeHart, 1931


Early church clerks included:

Myrtle Cole, 1917--1918

Miss Maude Cole, 1919

J. B. Burney, 1921

Miss Ruby Nix, 1927

Gladys Thompson, 1928--1929


Early messengers to the association were:

1917--J. P. Berkley, Jessie Cole, T. N. Peterson

1918--T. N. Peterson, Mrs. Cole, John Seymour Deaton

1919--T. N. Peterson, Maude Cole, Bessie Peterson

1920, 1921--J. B. Burney, Mr. and Mrs. H. Berkley

1922--Mr. and Mrs. H. Berkley

1925--J. H. Burney, T. D. Thompson, Miss Mabel Cole

1928--Sam Thompson, Joe McKandless, Freeman Nix, Miss May Belle Cole

1929--Joe McCandless, Miss Ola Berkley, Miss Ruby Anderson, Sam Thompson

Howard Ford recalled some of his memorable experiences while he was pastor at Providence Baptist Church from 1952 through 1954 in this manner:  Memories of Providence Baptist Church.

Bessie Maude (Nix) Massingill was a charter member of this church.




Mrs. Lelia Weathers
Providence Baptist Church


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Copyright March, 1998
by Elreeta Crain Weathers, B.A., M.Ed.,  
(also Mrs.,  Mom, and Ph. T.)

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