Emmaus Baptist Church Photos

    Contributed by Stewart Barnes

    These photos were taken around 1960 of members at Emmaus Church

    Women's Class
    Back row, L-R: Ruth Mozingo, Callie Jernigan, Hepsie Potts, unknown, Mary Tyler Robinson Middle row, L-R: Ethel Wilson, Glennie Hollowell Moore, Ruby Coats, unknown, Pauline Daniels Wiggins Front row: L-R: Sudie Brock, Cleo Barber, Lillian Potts

    Men's Class
    Back row, L-R: Norman Price, Barney Price, unknown, David Potts, Oliver Griffin Middle row, L-R: Harry Baker, Sam Casey, Edward Potts Front row: L-R: Unknown, Robert Brock, Ed Lee Mozingo

    Younger Class
    Back row, L-R: Pauline Barnes, Lois Casey, Lee Wilson, Catherine Mozinto, Kathy Wilson Front row, L-R: Neal Casey, Guy Potts, H.F. Anderson, Wendell Griffin, unknown, Betty Wilson Emmaus Baptist Church 100th Anniversary 1890-1990 Two Locations Have Served This Church Emmaus Church has been located in two places during its 74 year history. The church was originally built about a mile from its present location on the spot where Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brock now live; and it has been at the present location since 1923 or 1924. A severe storm on Tuesday, March 13, 1923, wrecked the church at the original site; and after some weeks the members voted to relocate the church at its present site. The reason for the removal of the church was that an elementary school, Hillcrest by name, had been built diagonally across the highway from the present site, and members felt that this was nearer the center of the community as a large number of its members lived in the "mash" below Cobb Hill, at that time. The school had been located because of the central position, too. Old timbers of the church were brought and used in the auditorium part of the present church. The Hillcrest school only operated a short while and was consolidated with the Brogden School. Members debated for awhile about buying a school building for rebuilding, but the records are not clear as to whether that was the old Casey school or the Hillcrest school. At any rate the decision was not to buy. In the rebuilding of the church it was made slightly narrower and maybe a bit shorter than the old building, thus making sure that the old timber would be sufficient to replace the building. During the interim between the wrecking of the church and its rebuilding, services were held twice at the Casey school, which stood where Mrs. Willie Moore's home is, and then moved to the Robert's school, where services were held until the building could be erected. Records show that Rev. Herbert Strickland preached at the Casey school on March 25, following the wrecking of the building on the 13th. On April 1, Rev. J. W. Bell, then the pastor, preached at the Casey school and after that services were removed to Robert's school, a location nearer to most of the members. The building stood very much as it was rebuilt until the late 1940s when improvements and additions were undertaken. The old section of the building was straightened - it had been blown askew by a storm - underpinned, and soon thereafter new memorial windows were added, and then new ceiling put in. The new material was war-surplus plywood, and this remained until after a fire a few years ago when it was removed and the present interior arranged. Observe 75th Anniversary Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the organization of Emmaus Church. It would be fine if the members of the church would start planning now to observe this anniversary at its regular homecoming services in 1965. Plans could make this the most elaborate homecoming the church has ever held. It would be an event worth planning and by starting now with the appointment of proper committees it could be assured that this would be an important landmark at the three-quarter-century point in the history of the church. If the church should decide to celebrate in a worthy way the 75th anniversary, it could early appoint a committee to make a thorough study of the church and have a brochure prepared giving a more detailed history of the church than has ever been attempted. This would be a difficult job, as no records seem to be available locally of the history of the church prior to its removal to its present site. Older records must have been destroyed or misplaced with the destruction of the building at the old site. However, a more complete history than has been written could be compiled from a thorough study of associational minutes in the Wake Forest College Library and from a study of all local records that are available. If it should be thought wise to observe their 75th anniversary, plans should be gotten underway at once. This is only a suggestion. Deep Well Members and friends of Emmaus are happy that the church now has a water supply ample for foreseeable needs. Following the church's removal to its present site around 1923-1924 efforts were made from time to time to secure water on the grounds, but without satisfactory results. While the J. A. Straders owned the adjoining property, they gave the church permission to run a water line to their deep well at the home place and provide free of charge for the church's use; and after Mr. Strader disposed of the property, Mr. Victor Worrell, owner, permitted the church to continue the arrangement for getting water and even agreed that if the well needed extra work done on it to provide the water that he would gladly do that work. The church, realizing, however, that it ought to have a water supply of its own, put down a four-inch deep well a few years ago and now has an adequate supply for the church, and for a parsonage when the church sees fit to build one. The present well is 185 feet deep. Cemetery Is Laid Out In recent years, the cemetery has been surveyed and plotted into four and eight grave lots. However, any number of graves may be purchased. Special contracts have been drawn and lots are available to members and their families at $15 per grave and to others at $30 per grave. Land is available for the foreseeable future, as almost one and one-half acres are yet to be laid out for use. Friends Give Real Estate Real estate holdings of Emmaus have more than doubled in recent years. Four special gifts of land have increased the original two-acre site to almost five acres. Before disposing of his farm which surrounded the church on three sides, Mr. J. A. Strader and Mrs. Strader deeded to the church several grave lots at the western edge of the church property. Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Ellis purchased the Strader property and before selling it sometime later, they gave the church one-half acre to the west side of the church cemetery to enlarge the burial area. Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Mitchell later purchased the lands formerly owned by Mr. Strader and Mr. Ellis and a few months ago they deeded to the church two tracts of land. The wooded area to the east of the church and as deep as the original church - almost an acre - while directly to the rear of the cemetery and church they gave slightly more than an acre, thus bringing their gift to almost two acres. The most recent gift of land was by Mrs. L. L. Wilson, Sr. and Mr. L. L. Wilson, Jr. They gave a 100 x 200 foot building site just across the highway from the church grounds, it being lot number three in the property in front of the church. Mrs. Wilson and her son and Mrs. Ellis are members of Emmaus Church, but it is to be noted that Mr. and Mrs. Strader and Mr. and Mrs. Mitchel, while not members of the church, loved it and its work enough to make these fine contributions for which the church is grateful. Rotation Used For Deacons Emmaus uses the rotation system for the selection of its deacons. This system has been in use for several years; and only just recently within about the past year, the church has voted to allow women to serve on the board. Under the rotating system, one-third of the members go off the board each year and are replaced by members who serve for three years and then they rotate off. Those who have served have to wait for at least one year before they can be re-elected; that is, no board member can succeed himself immediately after serving his three year term. This system insures that experienced people are on the board at all times, and it at the same time gives the church a chance to use more of its qualified people in this important position. For several years, too, it has been the custom of the church to name to life "deacon-ship" a few people who have served the church faithfully over a long number of years. At the present time David Potts is a life deacon; and other members of the regular nine-member board are: Mrs. Edward Potts, Mrs. Oliver Griffin, Mrs. S. C. Casey, Sr., Hubert Anderson, Lester Anderson, Johnny Sasser, Jack Smith, Johnny Howell and Jesse Fields. The new members who came on the board this year are Johnny Sasser, Lester Anderson, and Mrs. Casey. Members, Friends Are Loyal Growth has been noted in every department of Emmaus Church life in the past 20 years. Church services are held four times each month - every Sunday morning, instead of once a month. Minutes in 1947 show a membership of 58 active people, while the present membership is listed at 138; Sunday school attendance is about eight times as large as in 1945; church attendance is around five times as large as in 1945; gifts through the Sunday school and church are more than 12 times as large as in 1945. BTU has been organized and the attendance now is more than 30 per Sunday. Peak attendance in Sunday school was in 1962 when the average for the year was 103.8 while the average gifts had reached $55.05 through the Sunday school. This compares to an average attendance of 9.7 in 1945, and an average per Sunday gift of 81.7 cents. Attendance is some smaller now than in the peak year, but plans are underway by Sunday school officials to start a visitation program and pull the attendance at all services nearer to what it ought to be considering the possibilities in the community. Emmaus has been blessed with many loyal members and friends during the years. Evidence of this may be seen in the special gifts to the church as well as the continued support of many. A glance at the name plates on the windows, on the pews and in the hymnals will indicate some of the special gifts, as well as the name plate on the pulpit furniture. But there are many gifts not indicated by plates. E. R. Casey, Jr. gave the screens for all the windows in the building. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Roberts gave the storm doors at the front. Ace Maugham gave an electric refrigerator and an electric stove. Mrs. L. L. Wilson, Sr. gave a gas stove, several whose names cannot be recalled gave the gas space heaters for the building. Mr. A. C. Hilburn of Goldsboro has printed the bulletins for many years, and many have given generously of time and money for special work. One of the most valuable gifts to the church was the electric organ given following the fire some few years ago by Mrs. Georgia B. Garris. Last year, a total of $1,236 extra was paid on the church debt and this was given in amounts ranging from $1 to $200. A similar drive is under way now and there will be many gifts to this cause. When the first addition was made to the church, groups ranging from five to thirty came out for about 16 consecutive Saturdays and gave their time and a number of people in the community gave logs to be sawed to furnish the lumber. 15 Pastors Serve Total of 17 Pastorates A total of 15 pastors have served 17 pastorates at Emmaus since the church's organization in 1890, according to the best information available. Two ministers have served two pastorates each, the records indicate. Other pastorates have extended from one year to 19 years. Minutes of the Neuse Association, and earlier the Neuse-Atlantic Association, indicate the pastor serving at the time reports were made to the association, but do not show the exact dates of the beginning and ending of pastorates. For this reason it is not possible to tell the exact terms of ministers. On the other hand, some reports were included in minutes with no pastor listed, and it would be reasonable to think that no pastor was serving at such times. Then too, there are a few years when no reports were recorded for the church, and it seems logical to think that no pastor was serving during these years. Records indicate the church was organized in 1890, and minutes of the Neuse-Atlantic Association show that Emmaus, along with the churches at Seven Springs and Eureka (Mt. Nelson), were admitted to the association in 1891 while sessions were being held at Beaufort on the 13th and 14th of October; and the messengers from Emmaus petitioning for admission were Newman Potts, Major Lewis and Dr. Ezzell. Beginning with that year the names of the pastors will be listed, together with the dates so listed. J. H. Edwards was listed as pastor from 1890-1892; and G. L. Finch, Goldsboro, was listed for 1893. Although minutes contain records, no pastor was listed from 1894 through 1896. It appears that J. W. Rose, LaGrange, was pastor from 1897-1900; and J. B. Jackson was listed from 1901 to 1904. Rev. T. J. Hood, of the Falling Creek community, was listed as pastor for 1909 and no one was listed for 1910; so it is a question as to whether Mr. Hood served one or two years. No one was listed from 1904 to 1909 - between Jackson and Hood, so it is assumed that the church was without a pastor at that time. Hood was one of two pastors who served the church twice; so his name will appear again at a later date. C. E. Stevens, also from the Falling Creek community, served the church from 1911 to 1913; and records show that 28 persons were baptized into the church in 1912, marking one of the more successful years in the history of the church, judging from the number of baptisms. (Note: the present pastor of the church was one of the 28 baptized in 1912 on a cold Sunday in August, Mr. E. L. Roberts.) L. B. Boney was pastor from 1914 to 1915; and then A. I. Caudle served for one year, or possibly two; however there is no listing for 1917. Only the 1916 minutes list Caudle. Rev. Howard Pipkin, the only man besides T. J. Hood to serve the church twice, was pastor from 1918-1920; and he was followed by T. J. Hood, who served in 1921, and records do not list anyone for 1922; so it is not known whether Mr. Hood was still serving or whether there was no pastor at this time. Rev. J. W. Bell from the Faison area was listed as the pastor from 1923 to 1925. Next pastor was Rev. Howard Pipkin, who had served from 1918-1920, and this time he served from 1926 to 1935, making his the longest pastorate prior to the present pastorate of the church. (E. L. Roberts Sr.) Rev. Millard M. Johnson served in 1936 and he was succeeded by H. C. Bowers, who served one year, 1937. Rev. T. Threat followed Mr. Bowers and Mr. Threat served from 1938 to 1942, when he was succeeded by Rev. T. N. Cooper who is listed as pastor in 1943 and 1944. The present pastorate began in 1945, making this by far the longest pastorate in the history of the church. No minutes were published in 1945 and the 1946 minutes list Mr. Roberts as pastor, and evidence indicates he began his pastorate in August 1945. A Brief Addendum to the 1964 History of Emmaus Baptist Church By Rev. E. L. Roberts, Sr. - Pastor Emmaus is a Southern Baptist Church located on the Emmaus Church Road at Route 2, Box 135, Dudley, NC. Organized in 1890 and admitted to the Neuse-Atlantic Baptist Association in 1891, Emmaus is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The chart that follows shows some of the numerical statistics of the Church for the past 26 years. It can be seen from these figures that the Church has grown in some areas, but has not fared quite as well in others. Our 100th year was, by far, the best financially. 1978 and 1990 showed the greatest number of baptisms. The peak years in Sunday School attendance were 1966-1967. Hopefully there has been much spiritual growth on the part of the members of the church. This kind of growth can not be shown on a chart. The greatest building project, by far, in the last 25 years was the construction of the new Sanctuary which doubled the square footage of the building and enabled the former Sanctuary to be converted into a much needed Fellowship Hall. Praise to our Heavenly Father and special thanks are due to all who helped to bring this project into reality. Services at Emmaus Church originally were held once a month and later increased to twice a month, then to every Sunday. Presently Emmaus Church offers Sunday morning and evening services, Sunday School, Wednesday evening Prayer and Bible Study, WMU Organizations for the women and girls and Brotherhood Organizations for the men and boys. Additional Information In addition to the two ministers mentioned by Bro. Roberts as having gone out from Emmaus Church, two others have also gone forth. They are Rev. Gerald Garris and Rev. Johnny Sasser who is the current pastor of the church. Rev. Willard A. Brown, Jr. 1966-1967 Rev. William Martin 1968-1970 Rev. Murray D. Craft 1971-1974 Rev. Andrew B. Moon 1975-1976 Rev. John White 1977-1979 Rev. Elliott Hill 1980-1984 Rev. Johnny Sasser 1985-present A sad moment for us, but a glorious one for him, was the death and home-going of Rev. E. L. Roberts, Sr. on December 20, 1985. Bro. Roberts was pastor of this church for 20 years and was greatly loved and highly respected by all. Before his death, he was named Pastor Emeritus of the church and the E. L. Roberts Sunday School class was named in his honor. With a total membership of 375, Emmaus Church is humbly and eternally grateful to the men, women and youth who labored patiently and faithfully over these 100 years, to our Lord Jesus Christ, on whom the true Church is built, to our Heavenly Father, without whose blessings there would be no Emmaus Church, and to its members who, in love, carry on the tradition that has made Emmaus Church a blessing to many people. To God be the Glory, Amen. The new Church Pictorial Directory which we hope to have in just a few days will bring us closer to those with whom we labor, and as it does, will also bring us closer to our Heavenly Father for whom we labor and serve.

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