Meridian Church Founded in 1856

The Gazette
October 5, 1939

The Meridian Baptist Church was organized October 1, 1856, however the church did not elect any officers until the first Sunday in March 1857, with the Rev. J. P. Everett named as its first pastor.

J. W. Hopkins was elected as the first clerk and John Anders, deacon. Other deacons were elected later on.

Among the first members of the church were: L. B. Findley, Nancy Findley, J. L. J. Farrar, John Anders, Agnes Terry, Matilda Cooper and servants of various families.

In the past few years, the membership in the church has decreased until today there are only 29 active members.

The Rev. W. C. Smith is the present pastor with W. H. Kenley serving as church clerk and Mrs. C. D. Oliver as treasurer.


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