According to The History of Locust Grove Baptist Church, Elders R.W. Morehead ad L.H. Averitt first met on that date in 1867 with members from Antioch and Rocky Ridge Churches. The first pastor of record was Abner Winchester Meacham.
A windstorm, known as the Lucas Storm, damaged the first building used by congregation members in 1890. Members voted to replace the structure. That building served until 1948, when it was replaced. Additional classrooms were constructed in 1961. That building burned in a 2001 fire and was replaced with the present building surrounded by pastoral greenery.
Bob Brame, a deacon of the church said, “Really and truly, we haven’t planned many special activities for the anniversary. We are having a homecoming on October 7, and hope people will come and join us. With us, it’s food food and more food.” He added that the homecoming would feature entertainment from a local singing group known as Stillwater.
Asked about the longevity of the congregation, Pastor John Hagan said, “I think it is all about the prayer and faithfulness of the generations that have worshipped in this church.”
Brame added, “The Lord has a purpose for our church. When it burned five years ago, the congregation was able to build it back. I don’t see how they did it. They had no money to do it. If the lord did not want it to be rebuilt, it could have never happened. There are more people within 10 miles of this church for us to reach out to. The community is different. It’s not just a group of farmers anymore.”
Hagan said, “We are remaining relevant to life without straying from the teachings of the scripture.”
Another deacon, Marie Hunter said, “The generation before this one was dedicated to God. I hope we are able to live up to their example.”
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