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Bethel Baptist Church of Columbus, Georgia


Organizational Note

Bethel Baptist church was formed on June 29th, 1829 near the Warm Springs and Psalmond roads near Columbus, Georgia. Services were held once or twice a month using the services of part time pastors. Its original name was the Baptist Church of Jesus Christ, Muscogee county, known by the name Bethel. By 1867 there were 102 white members and 74 black members. About 1870 the pastor, C. C. Willis, gave members who were former slaves a parcel of land on which to build their own church. This church, Locust Hill Missionary Baptist Church, still stands, located about 2 miles east of Bethel on Warm Springs Road. In 1947 Bethel Baptist called its first full-time minister, the Reverend Homer Fowler.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of two boxes of minutes and reports, photographs, programs, correspondence and membership information.

1829-2009 2 boxes (2 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Bethel Baptist Church Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Bethel Baptist Church Collection (MC 275)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia

Provenance

Unknown


Box and Folder/Item List

Box 1

Folder 1 – Bethel Baptist Church History 1825-2005

Folder 2 – 100th Anniversary Photographs, 1929

Folder 3 – Photographs, 1956

Folder 4 – Correspondence, 1961-1986

Folder 5 – Registration as a Corporation, 1963

Folder 6 – Directory, 1973

Folder 7 – Directory, 1978

Folder 8 – Columbus Sesquicentennial religious Heritage Worship Service at Bethel Baptist Church, 1978

Folder 9 – Locust Hill Missionary Baptist Church History, 1981

Folder 10 – Bethel Baptist Church Programs, 1986-2005

Folder 11 -- Directory, 1989

Folder 12 – Resignation of Pastor Curtis Flowers, 1991

Folder 13 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1992

Folder 14 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1993

Folder 15 – Contributions to the Steeple Fund, 1993

Folder 16 – Stained Glass Window Fund, 1993-1994

Folder 17 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1994

Folder 18 – Revised Constitution and By-Laws, 1994

Folder 19 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1995

Folder 20 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1996

Folder 21 – Sale of the Bethel Baptist Church Piano, 1996

Folder 22 – Recipes From Bethel's Family, 1996

Folder 23 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1997

Folder 24 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1998

Folder 25 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 1999

Folder 26 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2000

Folder 27 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2001

Folder 28 – Laurel Schmidt Agreement to Serve as Minister to Youth, 2001

Folder 29 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2002

Folder 30 – Resignation of Pastor Gene Richie, 2002

Folder 31 -- Ralph Horne Appointed Pastor of Bethel, 2002

Folder 32 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2003

Folder 33 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2004

Folder 34 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2005

Folder 35 – 180th Anniversary Celebration, 2005

Folder 36 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2006

Folder 37 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2007

Folder 38 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2008

Folder 39 – Church Minutes & Financial Reports, 2009

Folder 40 -- List of Church Members (no date)

Folder 41 – Various Photographs

Folder 42 – Photo of Bethel Baptist Church (no date)


Box 2

Folder 1 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1829-1872

Folder 2 – Bethel Baptist Church Ledger, 1852-1962

Folder 3 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1873-1935

Folder 4 -- Bethel Baptist Church Ledger, 1963-1968

Folder 5 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1968-1986

Folder 6 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1986-1991

Folder 7 – Bethel Baptist Church Scrapbook, 1993