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Bethel Baptist Church of Columbus, Georgia (MC 275)


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 List

Box 1 -- Minutes

The minutes might contain reports of various committees, progress reports, correspondence, financial records, baptisms, proposed church calendars, staff directories, changes to the constitution and bylaws, etc.  A few include handwritten drafts.

Folder 1 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1829-1872

Folder 2 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1873-1935

Folder 3 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1936-1963

Folder 4 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1963-1968

Folder 5 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, October 16, 1968-1971

Folder 6 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1972-1974

Folder 7 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1975-1977

Box 2

Folder 1 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1978-1981

Folder 2 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1982-1985

Folder 3 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1986-1987

Folder 4 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1988-1991

Folder 5 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1992

Folder 6 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1993

Folder 7 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1994

Folder 8 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1995

Folder 9 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1996

Folder 10 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 1997-1999

Folder 11 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 2000-2002

Folder 12 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 2003-2006

Folder 13 – Bethel Baptist Church Minutes, 2007-2009

Folder 14 – Bulletins (scattered), 19980s-1990s, 2005

Folder 15 – Columbus Sesquicentennial Religious Heritage Worship Service, May 7, 1978

Folder 16 – Constitution and By-laws (revised), 1994

Folder 17 – Cookbook-"Bethel's Family Recipes", 2005

Folder 18 – Correspondence, 1961-1986, 1991
     This folder contains information ranging church furniture and stained glass windows to the resignations and selection of pastors.

Folder 19 – Directories, 1973, 1978, 1989 and nd

Folder 20 – History of Bethel Church, 1825-1905
     This folder also contains a history of the Greater Locust Grove Baptist Church.

Folder 21 – Incorporation-Annual Registration, 1963

Folder 22 – Photographs-100th Anniversary, 1929

Folder 23 – Photographs, 1950s-1970s

Folder 24 – Photographs-180th Anniversary, 2005

Folder 25 – Steeple-Fundraising and Photos, 1993