Welcome to Our Church
Loving God & Loving Others
A Place of Many Beginnings
The religious heritage of the Beaver Dam Church dates back to December 27, 1822 when Jarvis B. Buxton deeded one acre of land to six trustees including Henry Clark, Joseph Hinton, Timothy Cutler, Samuel Hawkins, & Jarvis Buxton, as long as a framed house devoted to the public worship of Almighty God is kept thereon. It was to be available for all denominations to worship without exclusive rights to any one.
In February 1824 the deed was registered to the trustees of the “Union Church.” The name “Union Church” hints at the non-denominational beginnings of the Beaver Dam Church. Five congregations trace their roots back to the “Union Church” including Zion Episcopal, which in its history written in 1885 states that Jarvis B. Buxton was a lay speaker in the church. Asbury Methodist Church also has in its records that they met at the free church at Beaver Dam. In 1822 Joseph Biggs and Jeremiah Mastin constituted the church as a regular Baptist church and enrolled it with the Bethel Conference of Free Will Baptists in 1829. The conference representatives were Thomas Everett in 1842 and Silas Ange in 1844. A group of primitive Baptists also used the building for a time.
Uniting Disciples as CHRISTIANS ONLY
In 1833 Alexander and Thomas Campbell introduced the Disciples’ movement, an attempt to unify Christianity through the restoration of the New Testament Church, to eastern North Carolina. On one occasion they visited at Tranter’s Creek Baptist Church. One of the converts was Thomas J. Latham, a 37-year-old schoolteacher, and one of the best-trained men in Beaufort County. He later helped lead the Free Will Baptists to merge with the Disciple Movement as Christians only. In 1845 the merger took place with 48 members, and was not distinctly organized as such until April 30, 1856 when Amos Battle, Thomas Latham, and Seth Tyson led in the effort. In 1952 The Daily News reported the congregation as having 450 members and services held on the first and third Sundays of the month.
John B. Respass, Sr. Riley Topping
W.O. Winfield Dearing Manning
Charlie Lee Morris Mounts
John B. Respass, Jr. Bill Evinger
Robert Lee Bob Forester
J.R. Tingle John Waldell
Theodro Yarborough Richard McBride
Malcom Penny Robert Parish
Edgar Harris Ted Davenport
R.V. Hope John Baldwin
Warren Davis Ken Amick
J.W. Lollis Tony Krantz
Molding believers, influencing the world
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