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The History Of
MULDRAUGH HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
(October, 1974--October, 1984)
Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church celebrated its Centennial Anniversary with
a week-long revival from Oct. 21-Oct. 27, 1974. The speakers for each night were
At the close of his message on Sunday morning (November 17, 1974), Bro. Bruce
Hullette read his letter of resignation to the Church. The resignation was
effective Dec. 8, 1974. He had accepted a call to Surgoinsville Baptist Church
in Surgoinsville, Tennessee, where he had been pastor previously and where he is
pastor at this time.
- Monday (Bro. L.D. Kennedy)
- Tuesday (Bro. W.R. Beard, a former pastor)
- Wednesday (Bro. Hicks Shelton)
- Thursday (Bro. Paul Payne, ordained by this church)
- Friday (Bro. E.V. Carrier, a former pastor)
- Saturday (Bro. J.W. Wall, a former pastor)
This was old-fashioned night with old-fashioned dress and lanterns and lamps
lighting the sanctuary)
- Sunday-Bro. Richard M. Shields a former pastor
Sunday morning services were followed by "dinner on the grounds" at
noon and entertainment that afternoon by the Journeymen Quartet and
a closing message delivered by Bro J.C. Raikes, who was ordained by
513 people signed the guest register that week and there were
probably several that attended services and failed to sign the
Bro. Gene Hall served as interim pastor, substituted once by Bro. Carrier and
once by Bro. Ken Forman (father of our Music Director, Dave Forman)
Following the Sunday morning services on April 13, 1975, the church was called
to order for the business of voting, by secret ballot, on
Bro. Earl Pike as Pastor. The results were 159
for and 16 opposed. A unanimous standing vote was also given in favor of Bro.
Pike and an announcement was made at the evening services that he had accepted..
The Pike family moved to the pastorium on Monday, May 5, 1975 and he assumed the
pastorate on June 1, 1975.
On June 8, 1975, our Music Director, David Forman, submitted his resignation to
become effective June-15, 1975.
In a special called business meeting on Sunday morning (June 22, 1975), the
church voted to install air condition in the church building.
On August 6, 1975, at regular business meeting, a committee composed of Mary
C. Begley, Ruth Farmer, Carroll Taylor, Albert Smothers,
and Theresa Feather were appointed to draw up a constitution and by-laws.
A copy of the complete document was distributed to each church family on Sunday,
Sept. 27, 1975.
On Sept.28, 1975, at a called business meeting, the church voted, upon the
recommendation of the music committee, to call Larry Brandenburg as our
full time Music Director.
At the conclusion of this church year (October, 1974--Sept., 1975), the number
of new members added were 6 (by letter) and the following members were recorded
On Nov. 12, 1975, at regular business meeting, the church voted to hire
Gloria Mattingly as church secretary for one day per week. On this date it
was also decided to install aluminum siding and guttering at a cost of $1261.00
instead of painting the church's exterior trim.
- Leonard Moberley (Nov. 1, 1974)
- Mrs. Harlan "Christine" Farmer (Feb. 1.5, 1975)
- H.G. Disney (July 6, 1975)
- Leonard Sapp (September, 1975)
- Ezra Colvin (Sept. 4, 1975)
- James. H. Smith (Sept. 210, 1975)
On April 7, 1976, the church voted to purchase a small tract of land containing
approximately 3 acres from Mrs.Theresa Feather and Felix Cooper at
a cost of $4300.00.
On April 21, 1976, at a called business meeting, the church voted to purchase a
tract of land containing approximately one and one-half to one and three-fourths
acre from Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Livers at a cost of $5000.00. Earl Brockman,
Lester Farmer and Marion Payne cleared this newly acquired land for a
aerial view of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church and the parsonage.
On May 30, 1976, we had a Homecoming celebration and note-burning, which ended
indebtedness on the parsonage.
An Evangelistic Crusade was held from Aug. 22-29, 1976, composed of 27 churches
of different denominations from Marion and Washington Counties. It was held at
the Marion County High School Football Stadium each night at 8 o'clock. Bro.
Wayne Bristow of Lubbock, Texas was the evangelist.
At the conclusion of the church year (October, 1975-September, 1976), the
Deceased members recorded were:
On Oct. 6, 1976, it was noted that the Church Secretary, Gloria Mattingly,
has secured fulltime employment elsewhere and could no longer hold the position
of secretary. Debbie Farris was hired for this position, which she now
- Harlan Farmer (Feb. 8, 1976)
On April 10, 1977, Larry Brandenburg tendered his resignation as Music
Director to accept a similar position at Hodgensville Baptist Church.
On April 17, 1977, Bro. Pike addressed the congregation after morning
worship services regarding his desire to acquire a church bus. Pledges were
called for and more than enough money was realized to purchase the used bus. The
initial cost of the bus was $700.00 plus the additional costs of license, title,
tires, painting, and insurance amounted to $1600.00. The bus is still in service
and has covered many, many miles since the time of purchase.
On May 4, 1977, the decision was made to pave the parking area of the church
grounds (3,537 sq. yd at $2.65.per sq. yd.) totaling $9,373.05 plus the cost of
preparation for paving (filling in with rock). The paving was completed by July
13, 1977. It was also decided at this meeting to erect a plank fence surrounding
the church grounds. It was also reported at this meeting that .3 acre of ground
had been given to the church to complete the recreational area.
At the conclusion of this church year (Oct. 1, 1976--Sept., 1977), the number of
new members added were 8 (by baptism) and 8 (by letter). The members recorded as
According to the minutes of monthly business meeting in October, 1977, no
attendance record was listed for Training Union, so we assume that as of
October, 1977, Training Union was discontinued.
- Winnie S. Martin
- Frank Caulk (Jan. 23, 1977)
- Matra Raikes (Feb. 15, 1977)
- Clarence Hardesty (March 6, 1977)
- Arthur,Sanders (April 3, 1977)
- Porter Benningfield (May, 1977)
- Coy Sapp (Sept. 9, 1977)
During the week of June 23-July 2, 1978, The Stalneckers conducted
revival services here with their music, preaching, and activities for the youth.
They traveled in a bus which furnished their living quarters. The group included
Ed and Bette Stalnecker, their 2 sons and wives, and 1 grandchi1d. At that time,
they had traveled to over 600 Southern Baptist Churches from First Baptist
Church in Key West, Fla. to First Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska.
A special called business meeting was held on July 2, 1978 in which the church
decided to purchase the organ (which we now use) from the Stalneckers at a cost
On July 12, 1978, the church voted to amend by-laws, Article VI, Section 3
concerning the selection and rotation system of deacons.
At the conclusion of this church year (October, 1977-Sept., 1978), the number of
new members added were 14 (by baptism) and 10 (by letter). Those members
recorded as deceased were:
On Oct. 4, 1978, Gary Vidito was called as Minister of Music
- Arthur "Jip" Hardesty (Oct. 19, 1977)
- Annie Bright (March 3, 1978)
- Omer Wise (May 28, 1978)
- Leslie Brockman (July 12, 1978)
A special business meeting was called for Jan. 17, 1979, at which time the
decision was made to renovate the parsonage by enclosing the garage to make a
den, adding a fireplace and carport.
At the conclusion of this church year (October, 1978--Sept., 1979), the number
of new members added were 6 (by baptism) and 15 (by letter). The members
recorded as deceased were:
On July 6, 1980, Bro. Pike submitted his resignation and Sunday, July 20,
1980 was Bro. Pike's last sermon here as pastor.
- Mrs. Omer "Lizzie" Wise (Dec. 23, 1978)
- Charlie Wise (Jan. 20, 1979)
- John Taylor
- Sherman Wise
- Mrs. Pete "Ethel" Hardesty
- Ira Taylor
- Cordie Horton
Bro. Charles VanZant, who was a member of our church, served as interim
At the conclusion of this church year (October, 1979--Sept., 1980), the number
of new members added were 12 (by baptism). Those members recorded as deceased
On Oct. 5, 1980, Bro. Victor Stansbury came for a trial sermon.
- Frank D. Jacobs (Sept, 23, 1979)
- Leona Watson (March, 1980)
- Shelby Wise (Aug., 1980)
On Oct. 8, 1980, the pulpit committee made a recommendation to the church to
call Bro. Stansbury as pastor. On Sunday, Oct. 12,
1980 the congregation voted by secret ballot of 150 "yes" and 3 "no" votes to
call him as our pastor. His first sermon as our pastor was Nov. 30, 1980.
On April 26, 1981, Gary Vidito submitted his resignation as Music
Director effective May 24, 1981.
On July 8, 1981, the church voted for the construction of a ramp and the
renovation of the front steps to be done by Bradley Hoosier at a cost of
On July 26, 1981, Bro. Stansbury was pleasantly surprised upon arriving home
from vacation to find 2 new air conditioners installed in the parsonage at a
cost of $1030.00.
On Sept.9, 1981, the church voted to call Nick Szymansky as Music and
Youth Director. Shortly thereafter, Marty Szymansky, wife of our Music
and Youth Director, started Mission Friends for the preschoolers of our
church. Mission Friends are still meeting on Sunday nights during worship
At the conclusion of the church year (October, 1980--Sept., 1981), the number of
new members added were 3 (by baptism) and 9 (by letter). Those members recorded
as deceased were:
March 18-21, 1982---World Missions Conference preceeded by study course each
night. Speakers included:
- Winfred "Tink" Brockman (Jan. 1. 1981)
- Gilbert Brockman
At the conclusion of the church year (Oct., 1981--Sept., 1982), the number of
new members added were 3 (by baptism) and 7 (by letter). Those members recorded
as deceased were:
- Thursday (Nasby Cecil Mills)--State Missions serving in the Upper Cumberland
- Friday (Donald Wayne Dyer)--Home Missions serving as pastor of Main Street
Baptist Church, Brunswick, Maine
- Saturday (Mike Greer)--foreign.missionary to Israel
- Sunday morning (Jim C. Dillard)--foreign missionery to Nyeri, Kenya Sunday
evening-H. Fay Hughes-home missionary serving in Illinois
On Oct. 6, 1982, the church voted to buy the piano, which is presently being
used in the basement, from Wanda Buckler at a cost of $400.00.
- Hall,Newcomb (March, 1982)
- Mrs. Buddy "Helen" Moore (August, 1982)
- Mrs. Ed "Annabelle" Moore (September, 1982)
On November, 1982, Nick Szymansky, our Minister of Music and Youth,
In a special called business meeting on August 7, 1983, it was decided to call
Jerry Noble as Minister of Music and Youth.
At the conclusion of the church year (October, 1982--Sept., 1983), the number of
members added to the church were 3 (by baptism) and 9 (by letter). Those members
recorded as deceased were:
In May, 1984, Jerry Noble resigned as Minister of Music and Youth.
- Mrs.Frank "Margaret" O'Gorman (Dec. 13, 1982)
- Ella Yates (July, 1983)
- Sudie Sapp (July, 1983)
On July 1, 1984, the church voted to call Don Hamlin as Minister of Music
and Youth. During the times that we were without a Minister of Music, J.E.
Settles served as the Music Director and Danny England worked with
the youth when the Youth Directors resigned.
At the conclusion of the church year (October, 1983---Sept., 1984), the number
of new members added to the church were 7 (by baptism) and 5 (by letter). Those
members recorded as deceased were:
The main source of material for this summary of the last 10 years was the
minutes of the business meetings recorded for those years. Many other events and
activities were accomplished that were not mentioned in the minutes, but due to
lack of time, the History Committee was unable to research the dates of these
- Edward Wise (Qct.1,1983)
- Deward Cox (Oct. 5, 1983)
- Elsie Disney (Dec. 5, 1983)
- William Lee "Bill" Moore (Jan. 1, 1984)
- Teresa Cooper Feather (June 26, 1984)
- Lillie Newcomb (Aug. 23, 1984)
- Samuel Watson (Sept. 25, 1984)
Some things recalled by the Committee were:
- Renovation of the church kitchen
- A new copy machine for the church office which is now paid for in full as of
- New Communion Chairs, given by an anonymous donor and made by Tommy
Buckler, a church member.
- Published a monthly church newsletter, the Sunday School Gazette,
along with a monthly calendar of birthdays and anniversaries
- Recreation Committee was formed to plan activities and trips for the church
- Annual Maundy Thursday services on the Thursday before Easter fellowship
meal followed by candlelight services and observance of the Lord's Supper
- Christmas caroling to the shut-ins
- Annual Christmas Eve Services
On Oct. 14, 1984, the church will have its 110th anniversary
celebration with old-fashioned dress and a meal served after morning worship
service. The youth of the church plan to bury a time capsule behind the
church containing items that are relevent to our church and community today.
Films of past church functions will be shown in the afternoon.
The History Committee plans, within the next few weeks to compile a more
detailed account of the past 10 years, which will be available in booklet
form for each church family.
The History Committee: