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WEST PROVIDENCE ASSOCIATION

This association was constituted with Gilead Church, at Hylton, Nolan County, July 12, 1901, with the following churches: Comfort, near Lawn, Taylor County; Gilead at Hylton, Nolan County; (Neinda) now Concord, Jones County; Little Hope, near Snyder, Scurry County; Roscoe of Roscoe, Nolan County.

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J.F. Richardson, who was also moderator, and J.E. Casey, clerk.

Elder I.N. Lewis of New Harmony Association and J.S. Cowan of Knox County, were visiting ministers and were seated in the association.

The association was constituted with 5 churches and 50 members; contribution, S5.35.

1901 The association met with Neinda Church, then in Jones County, but now in Fisher County, July 11, 12 and 13. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J.B. Downing, who was also elected moderator, and J.E. Casey, clerk.

We now note some of the visiting ministers who took seats in the association: Elder J.R. Bolinger, Cone, Crosby County, Texas, W.H. Richards, Kasoga, Knox County, but now in Knox City, H.C. Curington, Vashti, Clay County, but now of Thornberry.

Crossroads Church of Taylor County was received into the association through her messengers, F.L. Patterson and John R. Burrows.

Agreed to petition Hew Harmony, Old Harmony and Unity Associations by letter to open correspondence between them and this association. Appointed J.A. Wilkerson to bear the letter to New Harmony, W.J. Berryman to bear the letter to Old Harmony, and J.A. Moore to bear the letter to Unity.

The association this year had 6 churches and 115 members; contribution, $10.35.

1903 On July 24, 25 and 26, the association convened with Little Hope Church near Snyder, Scurry County. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder W.M. Lagow. Elder J.B. Downing was elected moderator, and J.H. Davis, clerk.

Bethlehem Church of Fisher County by her messengers, M.H. Brumley, W.C. Chambers and R.E. Guthrie; and Zion Rest Church of Mitchell County, by her messengers, J.W. Hart, H.J. Free and J.B. Allen, were received into the association.

Elders J.B. Downing, S.L. Rives and Licentiate B.A. Moore were requested to go as messengers to the Unity Association. The same brethren agreed to go as messengers to Old Harmony Association.

At this time the association had 8 churches and 157 members; contribution, $13.50.

1904 On July 15, 16 and 17 the association met with Comfort Church, Taylor County. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder S.L. Rives; Elder J.B. Downing was made moderator, and J.H. Davis, clerk.

Hoards Creek Church, of Glen Cove, Coleman County, by her messengers, Elder E.W. Needham, J.W. Holly and T.J. Wimberly, and Content Primitive Baptist Church of Content, Runnels County, by her messengers, J.F.H. Guthrie, N.H. Meeks and C.F. Freeman were received into the association.

Elder A.V. Atkins of Little Flock Association attended this session of the association.

The association continued correspondence with Unity and Old Harmony Associations.

The association this year had 10 churches and 203 members; contribution, $15.00.

1905 The association convened this year with Hoards Creek Church at Glen Cove, Coleman County, July 14, 15 and 16. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder William Lagow, who was chosen moderator, and J.E. Casey, clerk.

Borders Chapel Church, of Caps, Taylor County, through her messengers, J.N. McGehee and B.W. Casey; and Village Greek Church, near Wingate, Runnels County, through her messengers, Willie Cooke, J.M. Adams and Walter Whitely were received into the association.

Correspondence was received from Unity Association by minutes; from Old Harmony Association by Elders S.A. Paine, T.A. Dunn and Brother Walter Whitely; from Little Flock by Elder A.V. Atkins.

Elders C.A. Russell, D.W. Russell and J.J. Edwards of Texas, and T.J. Bazemore of Georgia, were in attendance.

Fifteen joined Hoards Creek Church by experience and baptism during the associational meeting.

New Harmony Association was petitioned for correspondence; Elder E.W. Needham and Brother Thomas J. Wimberly to bear the petitionary letter.

The association this year had 12 churches and 220 members; contribution, $13.25.

In 1906, the association had 13 churches, 9 ordained ministers, 317 members; contribution, $21.25.


HOARDS CREEK CHURCH

Hoards Creek Church was constituted November 21, 1880, at Robinson Peak, Coleman County, by Elders John M. Morgan and Moses R. Jackson, with the following members: Elder J.M. Morgan and wife, R.A. Morgan, Elder M.R. Jackson and Francis Jackson, Dr. J.H. Lea and wife, V.A. Lea, G.R. Pearris and M.S. Needham.

Elders Morgan and Jackson served this church jointly for several years.

Elder C.H. Boyett joined the church by letter June 1881, and in June 1887, Elder Boyett was dismissed by letter. Elder I.N. Lewis joined by letter in October 1894, and was dismissed by letter in February 1898.

Gideon Graham was ordained to the ministry in January 1889, by Elders C.H. Boyett, M.R. Jackson and Deacon J.H. Sanders.

E.W. Needham was ordained to the ministry in May 1889, by Elders C.H. Boyett, M.R. Jackson and Deacons J.H. Sanders and A.J. Rosson.

Gid Graham was dismissed by letter in April 1890. Elder J.B. Downing joined the church by letter in April 1905.

A few years ago, this church had some trouble over the extent of predestination, which resulted in the exclusion of something like half of the members.

The church at the time of the trouble met for worship at Silver Valley. Since the time of the trouble, the church moved to Glen Cove, built a house, and has prospered ever since.

The church first joined the Harmony Association, but is now a member of West Providence Association.

This was the first Old Baptist Church in Coleman County. This church is the mother of Little Vine Church (now dissolved) in Runnels County; also Gilead Church in Nolan County, and West Providence in Coke County. Little Vine Church was the first Primitive Baptist Church in Runnels County, Gilead Church was the first in Nolan County; and West Providence the first church in Coke County.


GILEAD CHURCH

Gilead Church was organized in November 1889, at the residence of J.H. Dancer in Coke County, by Elder C.H. Boyett and Deacon J.H. Dancer, with the following members: I. Beeman and wife, M.A. Beeman, S.E. Harris, J.H. and M.J. Dancer.

Elder C.H. Boyerr served the church as pastor until June 1900, when Elder R. Baker was chosen and served until May 1903, when Elder I.N. Lewis was called, and in July following, Elder J.B. Downing was chosen and served until 1904, at which time Elder T.I. Mobley was chosen and served until 1905, when Elder T.A. Dunn was called, who is the present pastor.

This was the first Primitive Baptist Church organized in Nolan County.


NEINDA OR CONCORD CHURCH

Neinda or Concord Church was constituted July 2 1892, about 10 miles west of Anson, in Jones County by Elder J.B. Taylor and Deacon J.M. Morrow, with the following members: W.M. Randolph and wife, Mary Gaither, L.E. Woolley, R.M. Brann and wife, B.F. Sprawling and wife, W.E. Smith and J.M. Morrow.

Elder William Lagow served the church for about ten years in succession. In 1902, S.L. Rives was ordained to the ministry, since which time he has served the church. J.A. Goodwin was also ordained to the ministry by Elders S.L. Rives, William Lagow, W.H. Richards and Deacons J.J. Randolph, F.L. Patterson and T.W. Rowland.

This was the first Old Baptist Church organized in Jones County.

In October 1905, the church changed her name to Concord, built a nice church house, and moved just across the county line into Fisher County.


LITTLE HOPE CHURCH

Little Hope Church was constituted August 17, 1895, near Snyder in Scurry County, by Elder William Lagow and Deacon J.M.V. Bulloch, with the following members: G.H. Barnhart, Elizabeth Barnhart, A.B. Woody, F.A. Bean and J.A. Bean.

Elder William Lagow was called to the pastoral care of the church till December 1896, when J.A. Bean was ordained to the ministry, who served the church till October 1898, when Elder J.A. Bean, while the church was in conference, made a move, which was seconded by J.A. Guthrie, to declare non-fellowship for a conditional time salvation, and all that advocated it. The church excluded Elder Bean and his followers and called Elder J.F. Richardson as pastor, who served till June 1904. In 1905, Elder William Lagow was again called and is still serving the church.

This was the first church organized in Scurry County of our faith.


COMFORT CHURCH

Comfort Church was organized June 2, 1900 near Lawn, Taylor County, by Elders E.W. Needham, J.B. Downing, J.S. Newman and Deacon J.F. Camp, with the following members: W.P. and J.H. Dancer, C.B. and Mary Swindle, J.A. Wilkerson, J.E. Casey and wife, Maud Casey, Elder R. Baker and wife, Mary Baker, J.E. Pruitt and wife, C. Pruitt and W.E. Barnard.

Elders R. Baker, J.B. Downing, J.S. Newman and A.C. McMillan have served this church as pastors.

Elder J.B. Downing joined this church by letter and remained a member for a year or so when he was lettered out.

Elder R. Baker was a member of this church at the time of his death.

Elder A.C. McMillan joined this church by letter.

This church was in the constitution of West Providence Association in July 1901, and is still a member of that body.


CONTENT CHURCH

Content Church was constituted April 25, 1901 at Content, Runnels County, by Elders L.H. Stuckey, I.N. Lewis, E.W. Needham, R. Baker and J.S. Newman, with the following members: T.E. Brown, Elder J.B. Downing and wife, M.J. Downing, J.F. Hand, S.N. Guthrie, C.C. Freeman, N.H. Meeks, Ford Rogers and wife, J.T. Cothern and wife, S.E. Cothern, Lula Cothern and James Kerby.

Elder J.B. Downing was chosen pastor and served until 1904, when Elder Needham was called in connection with Elder Downing. Elder J.B. Downing was lettered out of this church and joined Comfort Church in Taylor County.

Elder A.C. McMillan is the present pastor of the church.


ZION REST CHURCH

Zion Rest Church was constituted on Saturday before the second Sunday in July 1903, in Colorado City, Mitchell County, by Elders William Lagow, J.B. Downing, J.F. Richardson and Deacons G.W. Barnhart and D. Hull, with the following members: H.J. Free, E.N. Free, J.B. Allen, S.H. Hart and A.E. Hart.

The church joined West Providence Association the same year it was constituted.

It now meets at a schoolhouse some sixteen miles north of Colorado City, in Scurry County.

Elder William Lagow was called to the pastoral care of the church at the time it was organized and is still the pastor.


PILGRIM REST CHURCH

Pilgrim Rest Church was organized March 25, 1905, at the Union Schoolhouse, four miles north of Bronte, Coke County, by Elders William Lagow, J.B. Downing, J.F. Richardson, T.I. Mobley, I.N. Lewis and J.S. Newman, with the following members: N.A. May, John McFarland, A.J. Percifull and wife, L.A. Percifull, E.N. Herron, John F. Hickman, Fanny A. Bowman, J.A. Caudle and wife, Mary J. Caudle.

Elder William Lagow was called to the pastoral care of the church.

The following resolution was presented by Brother J.A. Caudle and unanimously adopted by the church: "Whereas there has been a division among the Primitive Baptist of Texas in the past two or three years, on the doctrine of predestination of all things that come to pass. We, as a church, desire to state our position in reference to the predestination of God and let every Baptist know where we stand in regard to the same: 1st We believe that God predestinated the salvation of his people from sin, and all the means necessary thereto. 2nd We don't believe that God predestinated the transgression of Adam, and the wickedness and disobedience of men and we will not knowingly allow it preached in our pulpit, or suffer our members to advocate the same."

Elder T.I. Mobley and J.F. Richardson are serving the church jointly at present.


VALLEY CREEK CHURCH

Valley Creek Church was organized April 25, 1905, at the residence of J.M. Adams, five miles south of Wingate, Runnels County, by Elders William Lagow, J.S. Newman and W.Y. Norman, with the following members: C.J. Shafer and wife, E.F. shafer, W.G. Cook, A.L. Smith, A.I. Smith, A.F. Rogers, Sula Rogers, J.M. Adams, Linie Adams, Ada Kendrix, Walter Whiteley and wife, M.A. Whiteley.

The church chose Elder J.S. Newman as pastor Elder T.I. Mobley also served the church for a short while.

Elder T.A. Dunn joined the church by letter from Clear Creek Church, Coryell County, and is serving the church as pastor.

The church is a member of West Providence Primitive Baptist Association.

Little Vine Church now dissolved, was the first Primitive Baptist Church constituted in Runnels County, and this church was the second.


BORDERS CHAPEL CHURCH

Borders Chapel Church was organized April 29, 1905, at Caps in Taylor County, by Elders William Lagow, J.S. Newman, J.M. Creel, E.W. Needham and J.A. Goodwin, with the following members: Ida McGehee, J.P. Keith and wife, E. Keith, Mrs. A.J. Herring, E.C. Martin, J.O. Keith, B.W. Casey, Mrs. Uriah F. Casey, A.C. Casey, Mrs. B.F. Casey, J.N. McGehee and wife, H.L. McGehee and Martha Ashby.

Elder J.S. Newman was called to the pastoral care of the church and remained pastor of the church until January 1906, when Elder J.A. Goodwin was called and still serves in that capacity.

The church joined West Providence Association in 1905 and is still a member of said body.


EL BETHEL CHURCH

E1 Bethel Church was constituted October 21, 1905, at Sam Burr Schoolhouse, near Hodges, Taylor County, by Elders William Lagow, J.A. Goodwin, J.S. Newman and Deacons J.S. Dodgerst and R.E. Guthrie, with the following members from Concord Church, Fisher County: W.A. Mayfield and wife, Carrie Mayfield, Thomas M. Burns, Mollie Newton, F.L. Patterson, L.A. Patterson, Florence Patterson, Jennie Patterson, Bertha Patterson, T.L. McCoy, Julia McCoy, Sister D.T. Langford, J.A. McCoy and wife, Viola McCoy, and Sister Eller Pair.

Elder J.S. Newman was chosen pastor of the church at the time it was organized, but on account of the distance returned only once after being called.

Elder J.A. Goodwin is the present pastor.

The church joined West Providence in 1906.


SIGNAL MOUNT CHURCH

Signal Mount Church was organized May 12, 1906, near Coahoma, Howard County, by Elders J.B. Downing, W.H. Bodine, and Deacon G.H. Barnhart, with the following members: J.C. Hale and wife, Lizzie Hale, D.S. Satterwhite and wife, M.J. Satterwhite, J.A. McCoy and wife, Viola McCoy, and Mary Adams.

Elder W.H. Bodine was chosen pastor.

This was the first Primitive Baptist Church constituted in Howard County. The church joined the West Providence Association in 1906.

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