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Double Springs’ Rock Creek Church celebrates 150 yearscomment (0)

December 18, 2008

The Nov. 16 celebration of the 150th anniversary of Rock Creek Baptist Church, Double Springs, in Winston Baptist Association recognized not only the founding of the church, but also the role its early members played in establishing the association.

In 1874, less than 20 years after Rock Creek was founded, what was then Clear Creek Association was formed when 12 messengers met at the church. The association’s name was changed to Winston in 1959.

“The people of that church had a vision and formed the church under a bluff. Years later, when it got time to form an association, they had enough vision to be a part of forming that association and felt strongly enough about it to invite the people to come to their sanctuary to form the association,” Eddie Everett, Rock Creek’s current pastor, said.

Vivian Peak, Rock Creek’s 78-year-old church clerk, noted that the church’s longevity is a result of its Christian legacy. “We’re strong Christians and we love the Lord.”

For the recent anniversary celebration, more than three times the church’s average attendance for Sunday worship gathered to mark Rock Creek’s sesquicentennial. Normal attendance on Sunday mornings is 25; however, Everett estimated that approximately 85 people were at the anniversary service.

Everett Wilson, who served as pastor from 1960 to 1963, gave the opening prayer. Nelson Bullard, pastor from 1999 to 2002, delivered the sermon, using Matthew 6:24 for his remarks on “Looking in Two Directions.” The sermon encouraged members to look back at the past and toward the future with vision, intention, resolution and determination.

In another service that followed the luncheon, Al Hood, director of missions for Winston Association, offered the prayer and Blanton Adair, director of missions for Winston Association from 1978 to 1999, gave the message.

Also during the day, C.R. Hood, who was pastor from 1979 to 1982, was recognized and Allen Jeffreys, a commissioner with Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, made a presentation to the church. Eighty-two-year-old James Peak was commended for being the church’s oldest active member.

Peak’s wife, Vivian, said she and her husband were saved at the church during a revival in August 1949, just two months after they married.

“We’ve been members there ever since and that’s the only church we’ve ever belonged to. We’ve had a lot of strong Baptist men that stood up for the truth and we’ve had pastors who were concerned about lost people,” Vivian Peak said.

The church’s early history has been compiled into “A History of the Clear Creek Baptist Association,” covering the years 1874 to 1957. This history was written by Jerry Burns, who simultaneously served as the church’s pastor from 1951 to 1954 and Clear Creek Association’s director of missions.

According to the history, the church was organized in the home of Charley R. Long either in 1856 or 1858. One of the church’s early pastors, W. Riley Cole, donated the land on which Rock Creek Baptist was built.

The current building is the church’s fourth and all of the buildings have been located within a few yards of each other. Burns notes in the history that the first two buildings were constructed of logs and heated by a large fireplace.

The third building was a frame structure built in 1905. It had a wood stove for heating. A block building followed in 1951 to 1952, offering the church’s first classrooms.

The structure features a sanctuary that seats approximately 100 people, five classrooms and a fellowship hall. Everett said a brick façade was added to it in the early 1970s. (TAB)

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