CHURCHES OF BAKER COUNTY


1861 BAKER COUNTY CENTENNIAL 1961

We believe that it is fitting that our history close on a religious note. Surely nothing plays a bigger part in the lives of most people than their religious faith. Though we are tempted to give A full account of the many churches in the county, space will not permit the listing of the churches that we know of. No doubt some will be missed. For this we express our deepest regrets but we have been dependent upon others to help us collect this information.

Dates listed indicate the time when the churches were noted in some official document or record.

Here is the list prepared by Mrs. Asa Coleman for information given her or discovered through her many years of research on history of Baker County.

The first church deed recorded was on Feb. 22, 1882 from Marcella C. and F. J. Pons to Methodist Episcopal Church in Sanderson.

The oldest church that we have record of in the county is the Bethel Baptist Church (located near Woodlawn Cemetery) in 1877. This church dissolved in 1887 and united with the First Baptist Church in Macclenny, which was organized in May 1883.

Mrs. Frank Rowe states that her grandfather was married in the Mt. Olive Methodist Church (which was located at Manntown) in 1848 or 1849, although deed to this property was not recorded until 5-14-1896.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Episcopal Church at Margaretta was organized in 1878.

The dates are when the church was constituted or in case no record was available the date the deed was recorded.

1877 Bethel Baptist Church, Macclenny.
1878 Episcopal, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Margaretta.
1878 North Prong Primitive Baptist Church N. Sanderson.
1880 Episcopal, St. Mary's Cedar Creek, Glen St. Mary.
1881 Pine Grove New Congregational Methodist Church Taylor.
1882 Methodist Episcopal Church, Sanderson.
1883 First Baptist Church, Macclenny.
1884 Macclenny Methodist Church, Macclenny.
1887 Olustee Baptist Church, Olustee.
1889 Macedonia Methodist Church, Macclenny.
1889 Methodist Church (near Lon Dugger place).
1892 Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
1893 Glen St. Mary Methodist Church.
1896 Mount Carmuel Primitive Baptist Church.
1896 Mount Olive Methodist Church, Glen St Mary.
1898 Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Sanderson.
1905 Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Sanderson.
1906 First Congregational Church, Glen.
1907 Macclenny Church of Christ, Macclenny.
1907 Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church. (Bethelehem meeting house is mentioned in the minutes of the Board of County Commissioners 11-5-1877 at this same location.)
1908 Dinkins New Congregational Methodist Church.
1911 Cypress Grove New Congregational Methodist Church.
1912 Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church
1915 Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Olustee.
1916 Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Glen St Mary.
1918 Congregational Methodist Church near Steel bridge.
1917 Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church.
1919 Oak Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Manning.
1919 Glen St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church.
1921 Cuiler Church of God.
1927 Pine Level New Congregational Methodist Church.
1927 Olustee Church of God.
1929 Macclenny Church of God.
1929 Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints.
1931 Mt. Calvary New Congregational Methodist Church.
1935 Mt. Olive Holiness Congregational Methodist church.
1936 Taylor Holiness Cong.
1936 Sanderson Congregational Holiness Church.
1940 Pleasant Rock Congregational Holiness Church.
1948 Mt. Zion Neu Congregational Methodist Church.
1950 Raiford Road Church of Christ.
1950 Faith Baptist Church.
1950 Macclenny Primitive Baptist Church.
1951 Baxter Church of God.
1959 Catholic Church, Macclenny.


History of the organization and development of Macedonia Methodist Church


In the year 1889, Rev. J. B. Wilkins and Rev. R. C. Bramlet members of the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church were invited by the people of the Garrett, now known as the Macedonia Community, to come over from Georgia and Preach in their Community. Which invitation these brothern accepted and held a protracted meeting of a few days, which resulted in the conversion of several souls to Christ and the organizing of these new converts with others who had previously professed faith in Christ, into a Methodist Church membership, but with no church to worship in.

In the latter part of the year 1890, the writer, Rev. E.F. Dean was sent by the Georgia Conference to serve this people as pastor. And soon after my going the proposition to build a church house began to be agetated and after the question of location was settled, a board of trustees was appointed and approved by the first Quarterly conference for the new organization, consisting of J. R. Barnes, W. A. Hodges, G. W. Garrett, W. E. Phillips, and S. M. Lyons. The track of land selected for the Church Lot, consisting of two and one half acres, on which the church now stands. At that time there had been three men buried in what is now the Cemetery. They had been killed by the Indians. Two of them were buried in the same box which was removed from an ox cart and used for a coffin. Today there are nearly two hundred graves in this well fenced and well kept Cemetery. The lot was bought from C. B. Macclenny and a deed was made January 12, 1892 to this board of trustees in trust for the Methodist Episcopal Church. An application for a donation of $100.00 and a loan of $100.00 more was made to the board of church extension of the M.E. Church Philadelphia, Pa. which was granted. The lumber and other necessary material for the building of the church was paid for with this money leaving but little to pay for labor and other necessary expenses. But the writer being a carpenter and with help of the community, the church as it stands, was built with the exception of Re-Roofing with metal roofing. replacing the old shingle roofing which went into decay. The church was painted a few years after it was built. My recollection serves me that I received $ 1.00 per day and community board for four weeks service. Later the section of land in which the church lot stands, was sold without any reservation of the church lot. Which involved the necessity of procuring a new deed for church lot, which was done and an additional two and one half acres was procured making the Church lot, as it now stands five acres. the deed to which is on record.

From the time the church was built and several years following, Macedonia had remarkable success. Congregations filled the house on ordinary meeting days. Many precious souls found peace with God and many were added to the church and a large membership was enrolled. But death and removals have reduced the membership to a small few who still hold the old home place sacred, because of precious memories and having loving ones buried there. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and friends whom they hope to meet in Heaven. At the invitation of the present pastor, Rev. H.T. Foley, the writer went back to this church this past fifth Sunday in January 1944, and preached morning and afternoon. We had a real home coming and a great day. At night I preached for Brother Foley in Macclenny church. I just passed my 91st birthday January 5th.

Very Respectfully
E. F. Dean
Former Pastor
February 24, 1944

(Brother Dean passed to his eternal reward March 16, 1946)

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