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County Line Church marks 175 years, publishes bookcomment (0)

June 10, 2010

County Line Baptist Church, Dudleyville, is so proud of its history that it prepared a hardback book chronicling events in the life of the congregation. The book tells of the church’s founding by settlers in the area, the three meeting places and former pastors, among other things.

Current and former members had an opportunity to purchase their own copy as the East Liberty Baptist Association church celebrated its 175th anniversary May 2.

Approximately 200 people attended the anniversary celebration, eclipsing the average of 30 who attend Sunday worship.

“It’s such a joy to see people still interested in the church and who come back to homecoming,” said Dorothy A. Allen, a member of County Line Baptist since 1947.

The service was followed by lunch and the opening of a time capsule buried on the church grounds as part of the 150th anniversary celebration.

The time capsule contained a Bible that belonged to James C. Johnston, who served as pastor from 1973 to 1985; a copy of The LaFayette Sun, the local weekly newspaper in Chambers County; photographs of church members and activities; and Sunday School curriculum.

The church history sold at the anniversary was taken from information written by Johnston covering events from County Line’s founding in 1835 until 1985, with updated information to 2009.

The history notes that one of the church’s founders was Benjamin Lloyd, the great-great-grandfather of current Pastor Wayne Barrett Sr.

Lloyd, along with Francis Calloway and Henry Perkins, met with 10 settlers in Chambers County to organize a Baptist church. The group met May 2, 1835, at one of the settlers’ homes, which was located two miles east of Dudleyville.

The current church building was erected in 1890 at County Road 51. It was placed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on Jan. 14, 1980, and National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 19, 1982.

But Barrett pointed out that the church has always known it had to reach outside those four walls.

“They’re very missions-minded and have been all through the years,” he said. “We have a small Woman’s Missionary Union, but practically the whole church participates in missions studies, offerings and things like that.”     (TAB)

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