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1998, October 5
100th year celebration!!
The First Baptist Church of Griffithville celebrated itís 100th year homecoming October 5, 1998. Dr. Derrel Watkins was the guest speaker. Dr. Watkins was the pastor of First Baptist Church for a short period during the 1950ís. The Velvet Ridge Quartet sang in the afternoon after a old fashion dinner on the ground.



1898, October 2
First Baptist Church History - Griffithville, Arkansas
On October 2nd, 1898, a few people met in a boxcar, which was called "The Chapel Car", to organize themselves into a Baptist Church. On October 3, 1898, the first messengers were elected to attend the Association which convened in El Paso, Arkansas. There are still descendents of those first members who attend our church today.
In 1901, the old white frame church was built; it stood where the parsonage now stands. The pastorís salary in 1901 was $10.00 per month. The church continued to move along gaining members all the time. In 1919, Pearl Layrock Guier was baptized into the church. In 1922, Mrs. Eva Gross became a member and has never moved her membership; making her one of our oldest members. She currently resides in the Beverly Health Nursing Home in Searcy, Arkansas. Mary Dell Neaville and Bill LaFerney are also older members now residing in Searcy. Bro. Burnett Guier became a member in 1930 and was ordained a minister by this church. He was called as Pastor in 1947. Time moved on and pastors came and went. In 1949, Bro. Ernest Anderson was called as Pastor. Times were getting better and he was paid $50.00 per month. Under his leadership in 1950, the present Sanctuary was built. It cost approximately $6000.00. John L. Vandiver, currently residing in Heber Springs, was Chairman of the Building Committee at that time. On June 10th, 1956, a bank note burning was held and the building was dedicated. In 1958, the old white frame church was torn down, and the parsonage was built. Bro. Walter Baker was pastor from 1960 to 1964. Under his leadership the educational building was added at the back of the church.
Bro. Ralph Caldwell was pastor from 1965 to 1969. Bro. Delton Hughes was called and served from 1966 until September 1975. Under his leadership the parking lots were purchased, the heating and cooling systems were installed and the auditorium was rebuilt. Bro. Danny Jackson was called as pastor in 1975 and served until December, 1982. Under his leadership, a new ceiling, new light fixtures, new carpet and a new piano were purchased; the sanctuary was enlarged, a church bus was purchased and a new complete sewer system was installed.
In February, 1983, Bro. Jim Wiley was called as pastor. Under his leadership, the class room building was completed, all indebtedness was paid off, and much needed sidewalks were built. The church paid Bro. Wiley's way to the Philippines to start and build a Baptist Church. In January, 1987, Bro Mike Fisher was called as pastor and served until January, 1989. Under his leadership, new rooms were added to the parsonage and many other remodeling jobs were completed on the church building. In June, 1989, Bro. Roger Robbins was called as pastor and served until January, 1990. In May, 1990, Bro. Donnie Smith was called as pastor. Under his leadership, updating of present buildings and much needed maintenance has continued; but more importantly, as under all our pastors and deacons, many souls have been added to the Kingdom.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Griffithville and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.


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