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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.
Indices to CDs [Jonathan Cook]
Antioch Assembly of God
Antioch Baptist - Madrid
Antioch Baptist - Ashford
Ashford United Methodist - includes history, newsletter, bulletin
Bay Springs Baptist - includes history & brochure
The Beginning Sanctuary of Deliverance Faith Temple
Beth Haven Community
Bethlehem Assembly of God Church - Pansey - includes brief history
Big Creek United Methodist
Bluff Springs Baptist
Cedar Springs Baptist
Cherry ST. AME, Dothan [Empty]
Christian Home Church of Christ
Church of Christ [Pansey]
Restoration Church of God by Faith - Ashford [Empty]
Clayton Church [Abandoned]
Columbia First Baptist - includes brief history
Columbia Presbyterian - Columbia - includes photo from the internet
Columbia United Methodist
Cottonwood First Baptist
Cottonwood United Methodist
Country Line Missionary Baptist - Wicksburg
Cowarts Assembly of God
Cowarts Baptist - includes 1 page church history
Cowarts Creek Freewill Baptist
Elizabeth Church [Abandoned] - includes news article
Enon Church of Christ - Cowarts - includes church bulletin & church newsletter
Faith Baptist - Cowarts
Family Harvest Church
Family with a Heart Christian Church, A
First Assembly of God - Ashford
First Assembly of God - Cottonwood
First Baptist - Ashford - includes website information
First Baptist - Gordon
First Apostolic - Rehobeth
First Missionary Baptist - Columbia
Friendship Assembly of God
Friendship United Methodist
Frith Hill Church
Good Shepherd Catholic - Columbia - closed by diocese in 2003
Goodwater Freewill Baptist
Gordon New Testament Holiness [Abandoned]
Gordon United Methodist - includes website information
Grant Chapel AME - includes church info from internet
Greater Antioch Baptist - Gordon
Greater Union Missionary Baptist
Harper's Joy Assembly of God - includes a brief history
Hickory Grove Baptist
Howard Grove Freewill Baptist Church
Jerusalem Community Church - Gordon [a.k.a. Jerusalem Methodist Church]
Kinsey United Methodist - includes church bulletin
Liberty Baptist - Pansey
Love Hill Assembly of God
Madrid Assembly of God
Mercy Ministries at Granthem
Mount Enon Baptist
Mt. Ararat Baptist
Mt. Calvary Apostolic
Mt. Carmel Baptist
Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist - includes cemetery/church history from internet
Mt. Nebo Baptist
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist
Mt. Zion Independent Baptist
Mt. Zion United Methodist
New Beginning Church
New Freedom Church - Webb - includes church history
New Harmony Freewill Baptist
New Hope Church
New Life Church
New Providence Baptist
Oaky Grove Missionary Baptist
Old Ashford Baptist
Old Friendship Primitive Baptist
Pentecostal Deliverance Faith Temple #2 - Cottonwood
Philadelphia Missionary Baptist
Pilgrim Home Baptist
Pilgrims Rest Baptist East - Grangerberg
Pilgrim's Rest Baptist West - includes church history & photo
Pilgrims Rest Missionary Baptist
Piney Grove Missionary Baptist
Piney Grove Assembly of God
Piney Grove United Methodist - includes information on church website
Pleasant Grove Baptist - Webb
Pleasant Hill Baptist
Pleasant Plains Baptist
Poplar Springs Baptist
Ramah Primitive Baptist
Rocky Creek United Methodist
Sanctuary Faith Temple
Shady Grove Church
Shiloh Freewill Baptist
Smithville Missionary Baptist
Springhill Freewill Baptist
Spring Hill Missionary Baptist
St. John's Missionary Baptist
St. Mary's Methodist - Cottonwood
St. Paul Baptist
St. Paul Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
St. Peter Church
St. Peter Missionary Baptist
St. Phillip AME
St. Stephen 's Methodist
Tabernacle United Methodist - includes bulletin, newsletter
Taylor Assembly of God
Taylor United Methodist Church - includes deed, history
Triumph Church of God in Christ
Union Hill Baptist
Union Spring Freewill Baptist
Webb United Methodist
Wicksburg Assembly of God - includes photograph
Williams Chapel AME - Grangerberg
Winslette Church UMC
Memphis Baptist - includes church bulletin & newsletter
Pleasant Grove Baptist - Ashford
St. Mary's Baptist
Tabernacle Baptist Church
N.B.: Photographer Jonathan Cook provided CD-Roms of these photographs to The Wiregrass Archives, and organized them by church.
Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 1
Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 2
Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 3
Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 4
Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches 5
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.
Digital Images, Houston Co. Churches [DVD Access Copy]