January 19, 1895, Elder W.B. Moore and William Rickerson were called to organize a Freewill Baptist Church at New Hope.
We presented met and elected Elder William Rickerson moderator of the meeting.
Elected Elder clarke of said meeting.
On motion and seconded that the 17 names that presented themselves as members of the Freewill Baptist. The name of the church is New Hope Freewill Baptist Church.
By experience and Baptism motion to receive Sister Minnie Dempsey. By experience motion to receive Sister Effie Baltzell, Brother M.L. Page.
Martha A. Dempsey
History of the New Hope Freewill Baptist Church
In the beginning of the year 1895 there existed a Missionary Baptist Church, the house being located in what is now Hope Cemetery. A division arose over the doctrine of sanctification and those who believed in santification in the second work of grace decided to organize as Freewill Baptists. On January 19, 1895, Elder W.B. Moore and William Richardson were called in to organize the church. Elder Richardson was elected moderator of the meeting. Seventeen members presented themselves and were accepted as charter members. Three others were then received as members.
In the summer of 1911, Rev. W.R. Burton was elected as Pastor. During the following December and January of 1912 he held a revival which resulted in about 40 professions and a great increase in church membership. The next autumn 1912 saw the beginnig of construction of a new church building, the present place of worship, which was completed and dedicated May, 1913. Charlie Cox donated the land for the church and the New Hope School. Bill Cox and Fred Fowler were the main carpenters and many others donated their time and labor. Aaron Drennan donated all the hard lumber from his woods. Some ladies of the church decided on a project to raise money to help pay for the new church. For a price a person could get his or her name embroidered on a "Name Quilt". When the quilt was finished in August of 1913 all the names of the quilt were placed in a raffle and a lucky name was drawn to be the owner of the quilt. Harry and Julie Drennan were the winners and the quilt has been passed down through their family. Hazel Drennan Hale's daughter is the proud owner of the quilt now. The quilt is on display today for this special occasion. Electricity came to the community in 1939. The dedication of a new basement and modern heating system took place in April of 1953. Many improvements have been made over the years.
New classrooms and restrooms had been discussed over the years. With a special thanks to the Howard Adams family for their generosity of the pledge of their daughter Lori's dowry, the classrooms became a reality. It had been a dream of Lori's to have classrooms at New Hope. This sort of got the ball rolling and Jerry Pierce drew the plans for the new rooms. One carpenter, Gene Blood, was hired, then much work was donated by members and friends of the community. Dedication ceremonies were held for the new addition on Homecoming Day, June 5, 1983. The pews were padded in 1986 and air-conditioning installed in 1987.
In the beginning services where held once or twice a month, roll call Sunday was held in September in the beginning then in 1940 it was changed to June. Sunday School was started and stopped several times over the years then in the early 1940's this became a permanent thing. At the Homecoming in June of 1943 two gifts were presented to the church by Bro. Dean and Sis. Dana Atkinson, a communion service and collection plates, these gifts are still being used today.
Twenty-seven men have served as pastor over the years. Many members have come and gone over the years each contributing to the preservation of New Hope Church. Many thanks to each and every one of them.
List of Pastors beginnig in Aug. 1918
W.R. Spurlock -- Aug. 1918
W.R. Burton -- Aug. 1919
W.R. Spurlock -- Aug. 1921
Marshall Jones -- Oct. 1922
W.R. Spurlock -- July 1925
W.R. Burton -- June 1928
C.R. Porter -- July 1929
M.L. Baker -- Sept. 1932
W.R. Spurlock -- July 1935
Lepton Harpole -- July 1937
Oren Kersh -- July 1950
Dwight Dame -- Feb. 1953
Paul Sulcer -- April 1956
Melvin Oathout -- Feb. 1958
Harold Whitzell -- Mar. 1959
Dwight Dame -- Feb. 1960
Jack Ketterman -- Aug. 1965
O.C. McCleren -- Nov. 1966
Harold Whitzell -- Feb. 1967
Dwight Dame -- July 1968
Howard Bass -- May 1972
Jimmy Beaty -- Nov. 1972
Larrie Shaw -- Jan. 1973
Everett Beaty -- Mar. 1978
Deon Walker -- Nov. 1981
George Capps, intermin -- Apr. 1984
Raymond Capps -- June 1984
During the 23 years from 1895 to 1918 the following ministers have pastored at New Hope.
This may or may not be a complete list as we have no records before 1918
Over the years the following men have served as Deacon
Charley Pierce -- Melvin Adams
Bruce Drennan -- Mach Duncan
W.F. Cockrum -- Robert Drennan
W.D. Saddler -- Glenn Duncan
Evan Adams -- Curtis W. Fowler
Jack Cockrum -- Gale Capps
Over the years the following people have served as Trustee
W.R. Webb -- Howard Neal
L.S. Duncan -- Curtis Cockrum
Martha Slamans -- Kenneth Jones
Mary Duncan -- Howard Adams
A.E. Odle -- Byford Drennan
Walter Fowler -- Fred Gale Fowler
Will Slamans -- Curtis W. Fowler
A.E. Drennan -- Russell Payne
Plummer Payne -- Darrell Fowler
Over the years the following people have served as Church Clerk
W.J. Blackwell -- LaVerhe Adams Bernard
W.R. Webb -- Ina Payne
Mack Duncan -- Justine Cockrum
A.E. Odle - Grace Fowler
Watler Fowler - Nellie Adams
Julia Drennan -- Dorothy Webb
Juandola Drennan --Brenda Fowler
The following is a list of all the people who have been members of New Hope Free Will Baptist Church over the past 100 years. We are not sure this is a complete or accurate list as we have no records dating before 1918.
*Members as of this date. E. Skinner J.T Dempsey W.J. Blackwell W.B. Saddler T. Patterson J.B. Blackwell Mary McKinney Magg Moss Saida Monroe Lina Blackwell Martha A. Dempsey M.L Page Minnie Dempsey Tyler Effie Baltzell Stafford Spurlock S. Baltzell W.M. Drew J.G. Powell Irene Patterson J.M. McKinney John Murphy Minnie Tucker Drennan McKinney J.M. Drennan W.B. Thurmond Nan Thurmond Mattie Webb Delia Webb Rev. A.D. Clinton Jessie Duncan L.S. Duncan Mary M. Duncan Wm. Slamans Elizabeth Duncan Rebecca Barnett Ed Odle Addie Odle Edward Blackwell Martha Slamans W.R. Webb Parille Webb W.F. Cockrum Cora Cockrum Elmer Tyler Ruby Fowler Nannie Dempsey Taylor Joseph Fowler Sam Williams Nettie Clinton Scarborough Jane Williams Lula Johnson Mable Ing C.A. Cox Anna Cockrum Strickland Nora Cockrum A.E. Drennan Lassira Drennan Lena Drennan H.C Drennan Julia Drennan W.A. Drennan Kate Drennan Iva Drennan Tom Pace Pearl Pace Charlie Pearce Flora Pearce Fred Campbell Sadie Campbell Anna Gifford Slamans Agnes McKinney Mary Sexton Lavern Blackwell Mack Duncan Ella Fowler Pettypool Alva Fowler Rosa Fowler Rosa Cockrum DeLong Martha Kelly Local Kelly Ola Kelly Hayse Nellie Blackwell Waters Rosetta Cox Alice Cox Dehlia Clinton Edna Page J.R. Neal Elsie Neal Lillie Harris Daisy Harris Williamson Clyde Alexander Charles Webb Mrs. Clyde Alexander Harriet Campbell Olive Monroe Lena Neal Kiefer Nellie Webb Settle Arthur Owens *Hazel Drennan Hale *Ora Cockrum Baker Helen Owens Ina Fowler Payne Estyle Cockrum Spencer Byford Drennan Dolly Odle Welsey Odle Harry Duncan Vol Rachel Elora Rachel Harry Fowler *Nijel Cockrum Fowler Lucy Dempsey Orran Furlow Maggie Furlow Clyde Adams Florence Adams Maggie Page Williams Rev. W.R. Spurlock Troy Adams Byford Spurlock Stella Spurlock Ione Casey Nellie Kirk Adams Ivan Casey Claude Smith Bessie Smith Randall Story Madge Story H.A. Whitlatch Eva Whitlatch Arthur Odle Loveda Drennan Bailey Veneta Tyler Kohut Ada Odle Lela Taylor Kirk Leota Taylor Sweetin Floyd Hughey Alden Hughey Curtis Cockrum Clyde Malin Ben Saddler Clydie Williams Louise Williams Lois Williams Smith Clyde Casey Gayle Casey *Leslie Casey Dora Casey Lawrence Page Gladys Page Dora Baltzell Will Baltzell Mrs. Ben Saddler Ernest Strattan Lucille Harris Venita Cockrum Dale *Clyde Fowler Watler Fowler Duard Baltzell Lester Baltzell Lester Baltzell *Kenneth Jones *Glenn Drennan Irvin Odle Justine Odle Cockrum Betty Jane Cox George Malin Verdine Drennan Slamans Luda Malin Eugene Pickett Sylvia Pickett Prowell Loretta Fowler Murphy *Samuel Fowler *Dana Bevis Evan Adams Reba Adams Oscar Dobbs Maud Dobbs Nelson Slamans Eva Lena Webb Weeks Ella Duncan Alma Bevis Hearl Knowles Ina Knowles Glen Crawford Zola Crawford Wayland Albert Adams Bernice Adams Evelyn Adams Droll Irene Adams Jones Dorothy Adams Marcille Willis Fay Slamans Harvel Elsie Jones *Dorothy Fowler Webb Chloe Fowler Bevis Ray Baltzell Mae Baltzell Wilburn Bevis Ethel Page Stanley (John) Slamans Dean Atkinson Dana Atkinson Kenneth Bevis Carl Willis Beulah Mae Page Talmadge Page Sherman Page *Juandola Drennan Pauline Neal Clayborn Bevis June Bevis Spencer Jeraldine Ward *Nolan Adams Plummer Payne Melvin Adams *Lavern Adams Bernard Rayburn Tittle Marie Blackwell Tittle Nellie Fowler Adams *Paul Fowler Donald Bevis Floyd Payne Dwane Fowler *Howard Eugene Adams *Nelma Cockrum Loren Duncan Jack Cockrum Nancy Duncan Eddie Leo Adams Bennie Lee Adams Betty Marie Adams Eidson Lois Alene Adams Page Arthur Schlag Maurice Jones Marie Jones *Hugh Dale Fowler Keith Fowler *Fred Gale Fowler *Curtis Wayne Fowler Don Wilson Gay Wilson Bernard *Robert Drennan Julius Wilson Carol Drennan Boyd Geraldine Wilson Raymond Davis Lola Mae Wilson Adams Herbert Piercee Pansy Pierce Joyce Pierce Knight JoAnn Pierce Anderson Donna Payne Jerry Dan Pierce Dean Murphy Russell Payne Richard Sweetin Henry Lempke *Minnie Neal Howard Neal Carleen neal Pierce Charles Webb Fredia Webb Jim Murphy Jean Murphy James Murphy Jr. Dale Murphy Glenn Duncan *Sandra Webb Beal *Maxine Duncan *Afton Jones Don Neal Joyce Cockrum Walker Melvin Oathout Geraldine Oathout Jimmie Oathout Lindell Oathout Grace Folwer Neal *Gladys Fowler *Evelyn Drennan Richard Adams *Betty Askew Thatcher *Donnie Dame *Wesley Thatcher Juanita Dame Linda Neal *Rev. Dwight Dame Sharon Fowler Marie Hughes *Chyrle Adams Arens *Gay Adams Cathy Fowler Stone Minnie Lou Neal Dollar Rev. Jimmie Beaty Sue Beaty *Brenda Fowler *Steve Adams *Roy Fowler *Darrell Fowler Mark Drennan Rev. Larrie Shaw Donna Shaw Debbie Adams Joy Fowler Schroeder Anne Drennan Hale *Karen Fowler Droll *Wayne Fowler *Martha Payne *Rev. Raymond Capps *Jackie Capps *Gale Capps *Karen Capps Pool *Lisa Capps DeVore *Lisa Fowler *Elayna Fowler *Angie Capps *Barbara Bernard *Loraine Cockrane *Rhonda Newell *James Duncan *Murrell Bernard *Murrell Bernard *Eddie Ray Newell *Ray Newell *Doris Newell
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