History

 
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Barnesville Baptist enjoys a rich legacy of faith inherited from generations past who taught us to love God’s Word, to support missions, and to care for others. We honor our history by preserving our original architecture and exhibiting artifacts in the church library and in displays. The History of BBC article provides decade-by-decade accounts and quotes about BBC from local newspapers, church archives and records, and period publications. The timeline below highlights the major events and personalities over our almost-150-year history.

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Timeline of Major Events in Church History


  • 1869Cornerstone of church laid

  • Sep. 24 1871Regular Baptist Church at Barnesville was dedicated, organized, and set apart to the worship of God

  • Oct. 21 1871“…A majority of all the members then belonging to the Barnesville Baptist Church assembled in the said church. Rev. Joseph H. Jones was called to the pastoral care of the church for one year. Brother R. T. White was elected Deacon and Brother Wm. O. Sellman as Assistant Deacon. Brother Samuel Darby was elected Church Clerk”. Rev. Joseph H. Jones was pastor for two months at the church he called his “monument” until his death.

  • May 8 1872Rev. William M. Davis of Loudoun County, Virginia was declared pastor of the church for one year.

  • Jun. 8 1872Articles of Incorporation signed to create the “The Trustees of the Barnesville Baptist Church in Montgomery County Maryland”.

  • Nov. 1873-1875Rev. John W. Marsh as Pastor

  • Sep. 1878-Sep. 1887Rev. Hillary E. Hatcher as Pastor

  • Oct. 20 1885Joined the Maryland Baptist Union Association, now the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware

  • ca. 1886Joined the Western District Baptist Association

  • Jun. 1887Hosted the Western District Baptist Association Annual Meeting

  • Sep. 1887-Jun. 1888Rev. James H. Wright as Pastor

  • Sep. 1887Barnesville Baptist agreed to pay the pastor $250 a year for two sermons per month on the 2nd and 4th Sundays.

  • Oct. 1889-Dec. 1892Rev. L. R. Milbourne as Pastor

  • Jun. 12 1892Barnesville Baptist appointed four delegates and three alternates to the Western District Baptist Association to be held June 14 at Upper Seneca Baptist Church.

  • Apr. 1893-Sep. 1900Rev. S. R. White as Pastor

  • Oct. 1896Barnesville Baptist voted to give $10 to the association, $10 to foreign missions, and $5 to home missions. The women gave $3 to foreign missions and $3 to home missions.

  • Oct. 1900-Dec. 1900Rev. Lewis Jones as Pastor

  • May 1901-Feb. 1902Rev. J. L. Lodge as Pastor

  • Sep. 1902-1903Rev. R. S. Owens as Pastor

  • Jun. 1904-Dec. 1907Rev. R. A. Smith as Pastor

  • Jun. 1904Hosted the Western District Baptist Association Annual Meeting

  • 1909-Jun. 1913Rev. F. B. Cowell as Pastor

  • 1914Rev. Jones as Pastor

  • 1916 Rev. E. C. Burke as Pastor

  • 1916 MayChurch bell purchased

  • 1917Rev. P. Rowland Wagner as Pastor

  • 1920-1922Rev. J. C. McFadden as Pastor

  • 1923Rev. Dr. Flynn as Pastor

  • 1924-Sep. 1928Rev. S. A. Shaver as Pastor

  • 1928Rev. James M. Coleman as Pastor

  • Oct. 14 1928First Homecoming Celebration

  • Feb. 1929-May 1931Rev. H. H. Nicol as Pastor

  • Apr. 20 1930Electric lights first used

  • Sep. 1931-Jun. 1933Rev. H. M. Hall as Pastor

  • Jul. 1933-Sep. 1936Rev. H. Marvin Flinn as Pastor

  • 1936Inaugural member of the Seneca Baptist Association, now the Montgomery Baptist Association

  • 1937Rev. Herbert Cooper of Rockville preached

  • Jul. 1939-Aug. 1939Mr. Gordon Conklin, Washington, DC seminary student, preached

  • 1942-1943Rev. James P. Daniel as Pastor

  • Jul. 1946-Dec. 1946Rev. William Herman Lewis as Pastor

  • Jan. 1947-Jan. 1949Rev. Thomas A. Fleming as Pastor

  • 1950-Aug. 1952Rev. William F. Shoup as Pastor

  • Aug. 1953-Oct. 1969Rev. Horace DuBois as Pastor

  • Apr. 25 1954Groundbreaking service for Sunday School addition held

  • Apr. 1 1956Sunday School wing finished in time for use on Easter Sunday

  • Nov. 1969-1994Rev. Jeddie DeFries as Pastor

  • May 31 1972Church constitution written

  • 1994-1995Rev. James Painter as Interim Pastor

  • Jul. 1995-Jul. 2000Rev. Dr. Blaine Welker as Pastor

  • Sep. 22 1996125th Anniversary Celebration

  • Jun. 2001-Sep. 2011Rev. Joe Ivey as Pastor, Rev. Randy Gilliam as Associate Pastor

  • Nov. 2001First ordination of a licensed preacher held at BBC: Rev. Randy Gilliam, Associate Pastor

  • Sep. 15 2002New Church Constitution ratified

  • Oct. 2008Hosted the Montgomery Baptist Association Annual Meeting

  • Sep. 2011-Aug. 2015Rev. Randy Gilliam as Pastor

  • Aug. 24 2014Church called Rev. Danny Moore to be Associate Pastor for Evangelism

  • Sep. 1, 2015-PresentRev. Danny Moore as Pastor