Main at Locust
Ronceverte, West Virginia
David Harper, Pastor
809 Pocahontas Avenue
PHONE: MI 7-4765
CHURCH PHONE: MI 7-4290
HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE CHURCH
The Ronceverte Baptist Church was organized in the first school building in Ronceverte through the efforts of Rev. Thomas Givens and Rev. J. P. Campbell. There were eleven charter members when the church was organized on May 24, 1877. Those who were charter members: J. M. Ayres, Mrs. Bell Ayres, William Foglesong, H. E. Beckner, Mrs. Callie Beckner, Thomas Jamison, Mrs. Katie Jamison, William G. Perry, Mrs. Caroline Perry and L. W. Bowers. All of these charter members are now deceased.
The Rev. J. P. Campbell was called to be the first pastor of the church. A few years after the organization of the church, a small chapel was built. The present Sunday School room was the Sanctuary in that day. The present Sanctuary was was built in 1914 during the ministry of Rev. E. T. Billups.
On May 28th of this year (1959) we will have the privilege of celebrating the 82nd birthday of the church. During these years many have been won to the Lord. Heaven will be brighter because of the toil and labor of all who have heard His call and answered it by a definite commitment to Him. During these years twenty one men have served as pastors of the church. The are listed as follows:
Rev. J. P. Campbell 1877-1878 Rev. Sweeney 1878-1881 Rev. W. P. Hank 1881-1886 Rev. B. H. Phillips 1888-1890 Rev. C. T. Kirtner 1890-1892 Rev. J. W. Crawford 1897- Rev. G. W. Parker 1898-1904 Rev. A. A. McClellan 1904-1909 Rev. L. R. Wilson 1909-1911 Rev. Morris 1912 Rev. E. T. Billups 1913-1915 Rev. H. B. Stoneham 1916-1918 Rev. T. H. Binford (supply) 1918-1920 Rev. L. J. Priestley 1920-1923 Rev. J. C. Maxim 1923 Rev. Russell Asbury 1925-1926 Rev. H. B. Ferrell 1926-1930 Rev. L. D. Chandler (supply) 1931 Rev. J. R. Gillespie 1932-1945 Rev. H. B. Fisher 1945-1947 Rev. David A. Harper 1947-(present)
So far as is known, only seven of these men who have served the church are living. In a future day we expect to meet those who are not living around God's Holy Throne.
Special thanks to William H. Johnson, Jr. for sharing this history with us!