History of Bethel Church

Gen. 28:19 "And he called the name of that place Bethel...."

The early history of Bethel Church, and the people who went into the constitution of it, is mostly about the family of one man, Jeremiah Jeffrey, who never reached Texas, but died enroute.

In the year of 1819, a church was constituted in the home of Jeremiah Jeffrey, 8 or 9 miles northwest of the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They named this church, Bethel. John Fleming and wife were charter members of this church and later were charter members of this Bethel Church at McMahan. Elder Thomas Baines was one of the Elders in the constitution of The Bethel Church in Alabama. He was the great grand- father of the late Pres. Lyndon Baines Johnson. Richard Cole, who married the daughter of Jeremiah Jeffrey, joined Bethel Church in Alabama and was baptized by Elder Thomas Baines. He and his wife were charter members of this Bethel Church.

The Jeffreys and Coles moved to Tippah County, Miss., about 1842, and Richard Cole and his wife put their letters in a Primitive Baptist Church named Hopzibah, and were members of that church until they left for Texas. Richard Cole, in his writings, said "The first sermon I heard preached in Caldwell County, Texas, was by Elder R. W. Ellis in the log cabin on high ground just east of Plum Creek, some 20 or 30 steps north of the Lockhart and La Grange road, near where the iron bridge now spans the creek. The road has not been changed at that place from then till now, and I think the Plum Creek Church at that time held her monthly meetings in the log cabin above mentioned. The above-named meeting at which I hear Elder Ellis was in the early part of 1852. The Plum Creek Church, at that time, had several members living on Tinneys Creek, and when I and other Baptists, holding letters of dismissal, moved to Texas and stopped there, the Plum Creek members on Tinneys Creek drew their letters from the Plum Creek Church and to- gether with myself and wife, Sarah; John B. Jeffrey and wife, Elender; Robert McFeron and wife, Sarah; James Jeffrey and wife, Mary Ann; John M. Fleming and wife, Abigail; on Sat. before the 3rd Sunday in June 1852, were constituted "Bethel Church" in the residence of John M. Fleming. <Continued>


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  • 1st Sunday: 10:30 AM
  • Daniel Montgomery
  • 2nd - 4th Sunday: 10:30 AM
  • Elder Sonny Huckaby
  • 5th Sunday:
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  • Saturday before the 3rd Sunday: 10:30 AM
  • Elder Sonny Huckaby


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