The Tom's Creek Freewill Baptist - Paintsville United Baptist
and Martin's Branch Free Will Baptist Churches
Paintsville United Baptist Church
Tom's Creek Free Will Baptist Church
Then and Now
The first building was built of logs and served as a house
of worship until about 1915.
The first 25 members listed of the Free Will are T.S. Williams, Malissa Williams, E.P. VanHoose, Freelove VanHoose, Jasper Daniels, Rejoina Daniels, Marcum Castle, Catherine Castle, Nancy Castle, Martha Stambaugh, Susan Meadows, Levi Mead, Nancy Mead, Fredrick Scarberry, Henry Scarberry, Sarah Wiley, Lucinda Castle, Lois Ward, William Witten, Mary Daniels, James Dills, Sarah Daniels, Hanah Castle, Mary Castle and John Castle.
Jasper Daniels my great great uncle
The above pictures and information was taken from a book
Johnson County, Kentucky History and Families
FREE WILL BAPTISTS
the years, through dedication and faithfulness to the teachings of the
Holy Bible, the people of this church and community have seen Tom's Creek
grow from a membership of 15 or 20 to a regular attendance of several
hundred. As attendance increased, new buildings were built to accommodate
the growing congregation. The present building was built in 1976 with
the old sanctuary converted to a kitchen and fellowship hall. Classrooms
were added in 1981 and the sanctuary enlarged in 1988.
oldest existing Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky, Tom's Creek has been
instrumental in the establishment of numerous churches throughout the
state. The Tom's Creek FWB Church also played a large role in establishing
the Johnson County, Kentucky State and National Associations of Freewill
Johnson County Quarterly Meeting was organized in about 1879. The churches
joining at that time were Tom's Creek, Hager Hill and Little Blaine (now
Spencer). Tom's Creek hosted the first Kentucky State Association meeting
on May 6, 1939. Rev. Millard VanHoose from Tom's Creek was the first
moderator of the State Association and was a delegate to help organize the
National Association of Free Will Baptists in Nashville, TN at the
Coffers Chapel Church on November 5, 1935.
"Through the years this church has been blessed with faithful, God-fearing, dedicated men and women. Many sacrifices were made by these early pioneers that we might comfortably worship in this church. We thank the Lord that we are able by his mercy and grace to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers and to build on the same foundation with Christ being the chief cornerstone. May we continue to be part of the great commission; offering a living Christ to a dying world."
sources "History of Johnson County" by Mitchel Hall 1926 pages 312 & 315
Martin's Branch Free Will Church located in Floyd County Kentucky-Then and Now
Members of my family on both my Mother's and Father's side attended here - Martins - Castles and VanHooses
The "Then" pic is a picture my Mom took with her camera of her copy of the early painting and how the church looked back then, the "Now" picture is courtesy of Larry VanHoose.
Left Rev. Ray Fannin, Edward Van Hoose, Clifford Castle, Rev. Green Boyd, Rev. Douglas Burkett (m.Gertrude Van Hoose) Rev. Harry Ratliff behind Doug, Jimmy Castle, John Boyd behind
Jimmy, Everett McCloud, Hugh Hinegar behind Everett, Stumbo Patton.This pic was taken in front of the Martin's Branch Freewill Baptist Church in Estill, Ky. They were on their way to a Free Will Baptist Convention.
Edward VanHoose was the grandfather of
Jean's note* Clifford and Jimmy Castle
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