Guide to the Churches of Dale Co., AL Wiregrass Church
Documentation Project

Record Group 078

Date Span:  2007 – 2009

Extent: 0.33 cubic feet

Project Historical Sketch:  Recognizing that the church played a significant role in the social and cultural as well as spiritual lives of Wiregrass citizens, Wiregrass Archives director, Dr. Martin T. Olliff, began in 2003 a four-phase project to document churches in a 30-county coverage area.  Phase 1 was a windshield survey of churches in the rural areas of the counties; Phase 2 requires contacting those churches to gather demographic data about their congregations; Phase 3 seeks to locate and collect church records, and Phase 4 will produce or gather histories of churches and archivally arrange and describe church records.
Various entities have supported this work through monetary grants, particularly the Troy State University Dothan Faculty Council, the Troy University Faculty Development Committee, and the Historic Chattahoochee Commission.

Dale Co., AL, Survey Historical Sketch:  The Wiregrass Archives used an Historic Chattahoochee Commission Seed Grant to have Jonathan Cook (Troy University Dothan Campus student) conduct a Phase 1 survey of rural churches in Dale and Houston Counties in Spring 2007.  The WA used a grant from the Troy University Faculty Development Committee to have WA staff member Tina Bernath lead a Phase 2 telephone survey in Spring 2009.

Scope / Content:  Contains information on rural churches in Dale County, Alabama, pursuant to all phases of the project.  Each file contains a measured, hand-drawn site plan, which is the result of Phase 1 fieldwork.  Some folders contain histories, bulletins, and other information gathered per church in Phase 2 (noted per folder).  CD-Roms contain digital photographs taken as part of the Phase 1 windshield survey, organized by the date photographer Jonathan Cook took them (January 12 – March 27, 2007)..  The Wiregrass Archives staff arranged the images per church to compile access copies on four CDs.
Samford University microfilms records of churches in Alabama.  The inventory notes which Wiregrass churches have records at Samford.

Notes:  Photographs and site plans generated by Jonathan Cook in Spring 2007.  Phase 2 surveys conducted by telephone, letter and email by Tina Bernath and Angela K. Smith in Spring 2009.

Organization: Arranged alphabetically by church name.  Folders out of alphabetical order appearing at the end of the accession were added upon discovery of the churches.  One set of seven CDs contain Cook’s original images by date; a second set of four CDs contain access copies arranged alphabetically by church.

Preferred Citation: Wiregrass Church Documentation Project, RG078, Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Access/User Limits?:  Open to qualified researchers.

Inventory:

File I.D.

File Label

# Pix

Samford Record?

078

06-0624

001

001

Photographs - Churches - Dale County

078

06-0624

001

002

Allen Chapel AME

12

078

06-0624

001

003

Antioch Missionary Baptist [Empty]

7

078

06-0624

001

004

Ariton Baptist

14

078

06-0624

001

005

Ariton Church of Christ

12

078

06-0624

001

006

Ariton United Methodist

17

078

06-0624

001

007

Ariton Universalist - includes church history

8

078

06-0624

001

008

Asbury United Methodist

26

078

06-0624

001

009

Baptist Church of Kelly - includes church history

078

06-0624

001

010

Bethel AME - Pinckard

5

078

06-0624

001

011

Bethel Assembly of God

31

078

06-0624

001

012

Bethel Baptist

50

078

06-0624

001

013

Bethel United Methodist

28

078

06-0624

001

014

Browns United Methodist

16

078

06-0624

001

015

Cedar Grove Baptist - includes church history

18

078

06-0624

001

016

Center Ridge Baptist

27

078

06-0624

001

017

Chalkhead Baptist - includes church newsletters

18

078

06-0624

001

018

First Church of the Nazarene - Ozark - includes brochures, handwritten church history

31

078

06-0624

001

019

Clayhatchee Assembly of God

14

078

06-0624

001

020

Clopton Methodist

16

078

06-0624

001

021

Corinth Free Will Baptist

24

078

06-0624

001

022

Ebenezer Baptist

30

078

06-0624

001

023

Echo United Methodist

25

078

06-0624

001

024

Evergreen Free Will Baptist - includes minutes of 2004 Quarterly meeting of the Southeast Association of Free Will Baptist Churches

18

078

06-0624

001

025

Faith Baptist

5

078

06-0624

001

026

Faith Deliverance Tabernacle

12

078

06-0624

001

027

First Assembly of God - Newton

39

078

06-0624

001

028

First Baptist - Level Plains - includes 2005 church history

27

078

06-0624

001

029

First Korean Baptist - includes church bulletin (in Korean)

8

078

06-0624

001

030

Friendship Baptist - Clopton

12

078

06-0624

001

031

Gospel to the Nations Church

11

078

06-0624

001

032

Greater Bethlehem Baptist

10

078

06-0624

001

033

Greater Old Salem Church

15

078

06-0624

001

034

Hillcrest Baptist Mission

16

078

06-0624

001

035

Holiness Church

078

06-0624

001

036

Holy Faith Mission Full Gospel

10

078

06-0624

001

037

Hopeful Primitive Baptist

17

078

06-0624

001

038

Hopewell AME

13

078

06-0624

001

039

Hosanna Church

12

078

06-0624

001

040

Jehovah Jireh Ministries

6

078

06-0624

001

041

Key to Happiness Ministries - Pinckard

19

078

06-0624

001

042

Klondyke Gospel Music Center

27

078

06-0624

001

043

Unused number

078

06-0624

001

044

Living Water Church

11

078

06-0624

001

045

Mabson United Methodist

13

078

06-0624

001

046

Macedonia Baptist  (Coffee County)

18

078

06-0624

001

047

Magnolia Free Will Baptist

14

078

06-0624

001

048

Middle Jerusalem Anointed Ministry  (Coffee County) - includes photograph and website information

1

078

06-0624

001

049

Midland City Baptist

24

Yes

078

06-0624

001

050

Midland City Community Church

20

078

06-0624

001

051

Midland City United Methodist

14

078

06-0624

001

052

Midway Baptist - includes church history and a photocopy of the land transfer deed to the church

26

078

06-0624

001

053

Moores Chapel Assembly of God

25

078

06-0624

001

054

Morgan Baptist

15

078

06-0624

001

055

Mt. Carmel Methodist

15

078

06-0624

001

056

Mt. Enon Baptist

10

078

06-0624

001

057

Mount Hebron United Methodist - includes church bulletin

62

078

06-0624

001

058

Mt. Olive Baptist

43

078

06-0624

001

059

Mt. Pisgah Baptist

9

078

06-0624

001

060

New Beginning Fellowship

5

078

06-0624

001

061

New Covenant Church

16

078

06-0624

001

062

New Hope Baptist

18

078

06-0624

001

063

New Hope Free Will Baptist

18

078

06-0624

001

064

New Testament Out Reach Mission [Empty]

2

078

06-0624

001

065

Newton Baptist

34

078

06-0624

001

066

Newton United Methodist

24

078

06-0624

001

067

Omega Holiness

10

078

06-0624

001

068

Out Reach Mission

078

06-0624

001

069

Peniel Baptist

15

078

06-0624

001

070

Pilgrim's Rest Baptist

078

06-0624

001

071

Pinckard Baptist

21

078

06-0624

001

072

Pinckard Methodist

30

078

06-0624

001

073

Pleasant Ridge Baptist

13

078

06-0624

001

074

Pleasant Ridge United Methodist

21

078

06-0624

001

075

Providence Baptist - includes church history (3rd edition, 1999)

111

Yes

078

06-0624

001

076

Redeeming Love Church

13

078

06-0624

001

077

Rocky Head Baptist

23

078

06-0624

001

078

Rocky Mount Baptist

15

078

06-0624

001

079

St. Mark AME - Newton

11

078

06-0624

001

080

St. Paul Missionary Baptist

9

078

06-0624

001

081

St. Rose Church - Skipperville

15

078

06-0624

001

082

Salem Baptist

21

078

06-0624

001

083

Sanctuary of Praise

9

078

06-0624

001

084

Shady Grove Missionary Baptist

26

078

06-0624

001

085

Shiloh Missionary Baptist - Clayhatchee

32

078

06-0624

001

086

Skipperville United Methodist

30

078

06-0624

001

087

Smyrna Korean Presbyterian - includes church bulletins

9

078

06-0624

001

088

Solid Rock United Pentecostal Church International

19

078

06-0624

001

089

Straight Path Independent Baptist - Level Plains - includes a brief history

11

078

06-0624

001

090

Sylvan Grove United Methodist

29

078

06-0624

001

091

True Light Church of Jesus Christ [Empty]

11

078

06-0624

001

092

Union Missionary Baptist

12

078

06-0624

001

093

Union Presbyterian

19

078

06-0624

001

094

Union Primitive Baptist [Empty]

6

Yes

078

06-0624

001

095

Wesley Chapel Community Church

11

078

06-0624

001

096

Bethlehem Baptist

078

06-0624

001

097

Edwin United Methodist

078

06-0624

001

098

Ewell Bible Baptist

078

06-0624

001

099

Gospel Lighthouse

078

06-0624

001

100

Grimes United Methodist - includes church bulletin (mailed)  and church history (from website)

078

06-0624

001

101

Holy Ground [governed by Grimes UMC] - includes church history from website

078

06-0624

001

102

Mt. Pleasant Baptist

8

078

06-0624

001

103

Napier [Field] Baptist

5

078

06-0624

001

104

Napier Field United Methodist

6

078

06-0624

001

105

Pleasant Grove Baptist - Ozark

078

06-0624

001

106

Post Oak United Methodist

078

06-0624

001

107

Shiloh Missionary Baptist - Midland City

7

N.B.: Photographer Jonathan Cook provided CD-Roms of these photographs to The Wiregrass Archives, but he organized them only by the date he shot them (January 12 – March 27, 2007). 

File I.D.

 

File Label

078

06-0624

CD

001

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Jan 12, 18, 19, 2007]

078

06-0624

CD

002

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Feb 4, 5, 6, 2007]

078

06-0624

CD

003

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Feb 7, 8, 2007]

078

06-0624

CD

004

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Feb 9, Mar 20, 21, 2007]

078

06-0624

CD

005

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Mar 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 2007]

078

06-0624

CD

006

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Mar 21, 2007]

078

06-0624

CD

007

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Mar 28, 29, 30, 2007 & Church Inventory: MS Access Db]

N.B.: The Wiregrass Archives staff compiled the images provided by Johnathan Cook into folders listed alphabetically by church, making them available on access copy CDs.

File I.D.

 

File Label

078

06-0624

CD

008

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Access Copy - Allen Chapel AME -Gospel Nation]

078

06-0624

CD

009

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Access Copy - Greater Bethlehem Baptist -Mt. Olive Baptist]

078

06-0624

CD

010

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Access Copy - Mt. Pisgah Baptist - Sanctuary of Praise]

078

06-0624

CD

011

 

Digital images, Dale County Churches  
[Access Copy - Shady Grove Missionary Baptist - Wesley Chapel]

Last Updated: 10/24/2016

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