The Richmond Register

April 1, 2013

Campbell movement drew many Baptists

Detailed history

By Fred Engle
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — Tates Creek Baptist Church has been written up often. I shall not get into the issue of the original founding date (1783 or 1786) as this has been covered adequately.

To read a detailed history of this church go to “How Firm A Foundation” by Brewer, Johnson and Roberts (pp. 164-166). They extensively quote from a history of the church by D.A. Chenault.

The same can be said of Union City Baptist. Its history is also found in “How Firm a Foundation.” pp. 166-172. This section of the book is an exact copy of a history printed by the Boones Creek Association.

The Alexander Campbell controversy in the second quarter of the 19th century played a large role in the history of the Union City church.

Entire Baptist churches left the old faith and became Campbellites, Christian (Disciples) or Church of Christ.

In Union City, the Campbellites withdrew, leaving a much-splintered Baptist group.

Presbyterians and other denominations spit too, but it was mainly a Baptist loss.

Fighting the new group led to the Landmark Baptist movement — with the doctrines of closed communion and rebaptizing which prevailed in early 20th century Baptist churches of the region.

I always thought Rosedale Baptist was a mission of First Baptist Church of Richmond, but Charles Hay says it was a joint venture including First Baptist, Broadway Baptist, Calvary Baptist and Gilead.

Hay compiled a history of Rosedale which I shall not attempt to duplicate. This church’s interesting history may be found on pp. 152-162 of “How Firm a Foundation”.  

I do remember that Broadway Baptist started in a tobacco warehouse and Rosedale Baptist in a tent. The church met for a while in the beautiful and historic Black House.

The name most often associated with the early church is the Rev. Eldred Taylor.  He conducted the early tent services and was the first pastor.  Rosedale has grown into one of the most vibrant churches in the community.

The 200-year-old Silver Creek Baptist Church was originally called the Church of Christ at Silver Creek, although it was always Baptist in doctrine and belonged to the Cedar Creek Association.

For a complete history of this important church, see the history written by Anne Dean, church clerk, in 2000.

Quoting from her eloquent summary of Silver Creek services: “We no longer keep a record of what each one contributes to the collection plate each week. We do not address each other as brother or sister. We do not meet on Saturday all day and then again on Sunday. But, we continue to be reverent in worship and dedicated to serving our Lord, just as our friends and family of the past have in the last 200 years.”

PUBLICATION NOTE:  Dr. Fred Engle passed away March 8 at age 83. He had already written a number of Madison’s Heritage columns that his family is making available for publication.

Readers are reminded that a compilation of some 60 Richmond Register articles from over the last 40 years by Dr. Engle and Dr. Robert Grise is available in the paperback book, “Madison’s Heritage Rediscovered.”

Combined with relevant photographs selected from Eastern’s Archives by Dr. Engle’s granddaughter, Kathryn Engle, who edited the volume, the book is available for $19.99 plus tax.

Autographed copies may be found at the Richmond Tourism Office (Irvinton) on Lancaster Avenue, ClearSight Optometry and Baldwin CPAs, on 713 W. Main Street, in Richmond.

Autographed copies  also are available by calling Kathryn Engle at 859-893-0947 or 623-1150.

These books make excellent birthday presents for family or friends. Keep in touch with out-of-town family and friends by sharing this gift of home.