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Choctaw’s Black Creek Baptist Church celebrates 175 yearscomment (0)

July 22, 2004

By Dee Ann Campbell


 

Stagecoaches still ran the Lone Star Trail, en route to the faraway lands of Texas or Georgia. Alabama was only 10 years old, the nation only 50.

The year was 1829 when New Prospect Baptist Church opened its doors in a little log house in Washington County. Its name changed to Black Creek in 1850.

On June 27, Black Creek Baptist Church in Choctaw Baptist Assoc­iation celebrated its 175th anniversary.

Among those present were descendants of those whose names were listed among its members more than a century ago.

Black Creek began as a missionary outreach of the old Spring Bank Church. A pastor and seven members were credited with its organization.

When Choctaw County was established in 1847, Black Creek Church had been there in the Lord’s ministry more than 18 years.

“I’ve been here all my life,” said Black Creek member Kay Scurlock. “I remember weddings, WMU meetings, funerals and revivals. I remember times when the church was filled with people every Sunday and times when there were very few.”

Following the retirement of Pastor Mason McGrew in 1997, Tommy Campbell came to the pulpit with his family of six.

Attendance had dwindled, and on the day of his first sermon only six members attended.

But Campbell’s family took the total to 12. Within four years, membership quadrupled.

Children’s Sunday School classes were re-established, along with a nursery.

Although they had been having services only every other Sunday, the congregation voted to move toward full-time services in July 1999. Wednesday night Bible study was also added in 2001, an event that had not been held at the church since the 1950s.

That same year, the church voted to call its first children’s minister, Mickey Bryant, who remains active in that role today.

Black Creek is one of only five active churches in the state to have reached its 175th birthday.

Although they have marked a milestone in the life of their church, members of Black Creek say there is still much to look forward to. 

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