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

Record Group 078

Date Span: 2007 – 2009

Extent: 0.75 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.

Houston 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 Houston 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 church by photographer Jonathan Cook.  The Wiregrass Archives staff compiled the images on an access copy DVD.
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.
Union Hill Baptist Church bulletin and 125th anniversary manuscript donated by Mr. Scottie Kirkland 23 Jan 2012.  Mr. Kirkland is the author of the anniversary manuscript. [TB]

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.

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

07-0625

001

001

 

Indices to CDs [Jonathan Cook]

078

07-0625

001

002

 

Agape Powerhouse

9

078

07-0625

001

003

 

Antioch Assembly of God

28

078

07-0625

001

004

 

Antioch Baptist - Madrid

22

078

07-0625

001

005

 

Antioch Baptist - Ashford

25

078

07-0625

001

006

 

Ashford United Methodist - includes history, newsletter, bulletin

33

078

07-0625

001

007

 

Bay Springs Baptist - includes history & brochure

25

078

07-0625

001

008

 

The Beginning Sanctuary of Deliverance Faith Temple

078

07-0625

001

009

 

Beth Haven Community

9

078

07-0625

001

010

 

Bethlehem Assembly of God Church - Pansey - includes brief history

21

078

07-0625

001

011

 

Big Creek United Methodist

36

078

07-0625

001

012

 

Bluff Springs Baptist

27

078

07-0625

001

013

 

Calvary Baptist

18

078

07-0625

001

014

 

Cedar Springs Baptist

15

078

07-0625

001

015

 

Center Baptist

27

078

07-0625

001

016

 

Cherry ST. AME, Dothan [Empty]

078

07-0625

001

017

 

Christian Home Church of Christ

16

078

07-0625

001

018

 

Church of Christ [Pansey]

14

078

07-0625

001

019

 

Restoration Church of God by Faith - Ashford [Empty]

12

078

07-0625

001

020

 

Clayton Church [Abandoned]

8

078

07-0625

001

021

 

Columbia First Baptist  - includes brief history

31

078

07-0625

001

022

 

Columbia Presbyterian - Columbia - includes photo from the internet

078

07-0625

001

023

 

Columbia United Methodist

9

078

07-0625

001

024

 

Cottonwood First Baptist

20

078

07-0625

001

025

 

Cottonwood United Methodist

9

078

07-0625

001

026

 

Country Line Missionary Baptist - Wicksburg

078

07-0625

001

027

 

Cowarts Assembly of God

13

078

07-0625

001

028

 

Cowarts Baptist - includes 1 page church history

24

Yes

078

07-0625

001

029

 

Cowarts Creek Freewill Baptist

23

078

07-0625

001

030

 

Ebenezer Baptist

24

078

07-0625

001

031

 

Elizabeth Church [Abandoned] - includes news article

9

078

07-0625

001

032

 

Enon Church of Christ - Cowarts - includes church bulletin & church newsletter

21

078

07-0625

001

033

 

Enterprise Baptist

21

078

07-0625

001

034

 

Faith Baptist - Cowarts

24

078

07-0625

001

035

 

Family Harvest Church

11

078

07-0625

001

036

 

Family with a Heart Christian Church, A

078

07-0625

001

037

 

First Assembly of God - Ashford

7

078

07-0625

001

038

 

First Assembly of God - Cottonwood

9

078

07-0625

001

039

 

First Baptist - Ashford - includes website information

23

078

07-0625

001

040

 

First Baptist - Gordon

18

078

07-0625

001

041

 

First Apostolic - Rehobeth

8

078

07-0625

001

042

 

First Missionary Baptist - Columbia

3

078

07-0625

001

043

 

Friendship Assembly of God

6

078

07-0625

001

044

 

Friendship United Methodist

25

078

07-0625

001

045

 

Frith Hill Church

12

078

07-0625

001

046

 

Good Shepherd Catholic - Columbia - closed by diocese in 2003

078

07-0625

001

047

 

Goodwater Freewill Baptist

8

078

07-0625

001

048

 

Gordon New Testament Holiness [Abandoned]

2

078

07-0625

001

049

 

Gordon United Methodist - includes website information

7

078

07-0625

001

050

 

Grant Chapel AME - includes church info from internet

18

078

07-0625

001

051

 

Greater Antioch Baptist - Gordon

6

078

07-0625

001

052

 

Greater Union Missionary Baptist

7

078

07-0625

001

053

 

Harper's Joy Assembly of God - includes a brief history

40

078

07-0625

001

054

 

Hickory Grove Baptist

18

078

07-0625

001

055

 

Hodgesville Baptist

27

Yes

078

07-0625

001

056

 

Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church

21

078

07-0625

001

057

 

Jerusalem Community Church - Gordon [a.k.a. Jerusalem Methodist Church]

24

078

07-0625

001

058

 

Kinsey Baptist

32

078

07-0625

001

059

 

Kinsey United Methodist - includes church bulletin

13

078

07-0625

001

060

 

Liberty Baptist - Pansey

23

078

07-0625

001

061

 

Love Hill Assembly of God

18

078

07-0625

001

062

 

Macedonia Church

10

078

07-0625

001

063

 

Madrid Assembly of God

12

078

07-0625

001

064

 

Madrid Baptist

33

078

07-0625

001

065

 

Madrid Methodist

9

078

07-0625

001

066

 

Mercy Ministries at Granthem

11

078

07-0625

001

067

 

Mount Enon Baptist

13

078

07-0625

001

068

 

Mt. Ararat Baptist

18

Yes

078

07-0625

001

069

 

Mt. Calvary Apostolic

5

078

07-0625

001

070

 

Mt. Carmel Baptist

15

078

07-0625

001

071

 

Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist - includes cemetery/church history from internet

078

07-0625

001

072

 

Mt. Nebo Baptist

12

078

07-0625

001

073

 

Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist

8

078

07-0625

001

074

 

Mt. Zion Independent Baptist

16

078

07-0625

001

075

 

Mt. Zion United Methodist

14

078

07-0625

001

076

 

New Beginning Church

11

078

07-0625

001

077

 

New Freedom Church - Webb - includes church history

17

078

07-0625

001

078

 

New Harmony Freewill Baptist

19

078

07-0625

001

079

 

New Hope Church

13

078

07-0625

001

080

 

New Life Church

5

078

07-0625

001

081

 

New Providence Baptist

24

078

07-0625

001

082

 

Oaky Grove Missionary Baptist

12

078

07-0625

001

083

 

Old Ashford Baptist

11

078

07-0625

001

084

 

Old Friendship Primitive Baptist

14

078

07-0625

001

085

 

Pentecostal Deliverance Faith Temple #2 - Cottonwood

4

078

07-0625

001

086

 

Philadelphia Missionary Baptist

16

078

07-0625

001

087

 

Pilgrim Home Baptist

26

Yes

078

07-0625

001

088

 

Pilgrims Rest Baptist East - Grangerberg

18

078

07-0625

001

089

 

Pilgrim's Rest Baptist West - includes church history & photo

10

078

07-0625

001

090

 

Pilgrims Rest Missionary Baptist

4

078

07-0625

001

091

 

Piney Grove Missionary Baptist

14

078

07-0625

001

092

 

Piney Grove Assembly of God

7

078

07-0625

001

093

 

Piney Grove United Methodist - includes information on church website

7

078

07-0625

001

094

 

Pleasant Grove Baptist - Webb

29

078

07-0625

001

095

 

Pleasant Hill Baptist

21

078

07-0625

001

096

 

Pleasant Plains Baptist

26

078

07-0625

001

097

 

Poplar Springs Baptist

19

078

07-0625

001

098

 

Ramah Primitive Baptist

29

078

07-0625

001

099

 

Rehobeth Baptist

18

078

07-0625

001

100

 

Rocky Creek United Methodist

25

078

07-0625

001

101

 

Sanctuary Faith Temple

4

078

07-0625

001

102

 

Sardis Baptist

14

078

07-0625

001

103

 

Shady Grove Church

18

078

07-0625

001

104

 

Shiloh Freewill Baptist

20

078

07-0625

001

105

 

Smithville Missionary Baptist

7

078

07-0625

001

106

 

Springhill Freewill Baptist

16

078

07-0625

001

107

 

Spring Hill Missionary Baptist

19

078

07-0625

001

108

 

St. John's Missionary Baptist

20

078

07-0625

001

109

 

St. Mary's Methodist - Cottonwood

4

078

07-0625

001

110

 

St. Paul Baptist

8

078

07-0625

001

111

 

St. Paul Church of God in Christ (COGIC)

12

078

07-0625

001

112

 

St. Peter Church

13

078

07-0625

001

113

 

St. Peter Missionary Baptist

10

078

07-0625

001

114

 

St. Phillip AME

8

078

07-0625

001

115

 

St. Stephen 's Methodist

6

078

07-0625

001

116

 

Tabernacle United Methodist - includes bulletin, newsletter

13

078

07-0625

001

117

 

Taylor Assembly of God

8

078

07-0625

001

118

 

Taylor Baptist

8

078

07-0625

001

119

 

Taylor United Methodist Church - includes deed, history

4

078

07-0625

002

120

 

Triumph Church of God in Christ

10

078

07-0625

002

121

 

Union Hill Baptist

29

078

07-0625

002

122

 

Union Spring Freewill Baptist

17

078

07-0625

002

123

 

Wayside Baptist

27

Yes

078

07-0625

002

124

 

Webb Baptist

17

078

07-0625

002

125

 

Webb United Methodist

14

078

07-0625

002

126

 

Wicksburg Assembly of God - includes photograph

9

078

07-0625

002

127

 

Williams Chapel AME - Grangerberg

14

078

07-0625

002

128

 

Winslette Church UMC

10

078

07-0625

002

129

 

Memphis Baptist - includes church bulletin & newsletter

078

07-0625

002

130

 

Pleasant Grove Baptist - Ashford

29

078

07-0625

002

131

 

St. Mary's Baptist

9

078

07-0625

002

132

 

Tabernacle Baptist Church

N.B.: Photographer Jonathan Cook provided CD-Roms of these photographs to The Wiregrass Archives, and organized them by church.

File I.D.

 

File Label

078

07-0625

CD1

001

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 1

078

07-0625

CD1

002

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 2

078

07-0625

CD1

003

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 3

078

07-0625

CD1

004

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 4

078

07-0625

CD1

005

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 5

078

07-0625

CD1

006

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 6

N.B.: The Wiregrass Archives staff compiled the images provided by Johnathan Cook, making them available on an access copy DVD.

File I.D.

 

File Label

078

07-0625

CD1

007

 

Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches [DVD Access Copy]

Last Updated: 10/24/2016

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