The Newnan Herald, Friday, January 2, 1925
SOME BAPTIST HISTORY—New Hope Church
New Hope Church, 8 miles southwest from Newnan, on the Corinth Road, was constituted Oct. 6, 1829, at the home of Thos McLendon, with seven members, viz: Richard Wooten, Thomas McLendon, Frances McLendon, Enoch McLendon, Sarah McLendon, Charles Lyle, Nancy Lyle. The presbytery was composed of Rev. James Reeves, Rev. Jos. Bankston, and Rev. John G. Fry. Thomas McLendon was deacon; Enoch McLendon was clerk. The church was located on land lot No 10, containing 8 acres, in the Third District.
The pastors were Rev. Joseph Bankston, 1830-32; Rev. John Wood, 2 years, Rev. James Reeves, 1; Rev. J. Davis, 9; Rev. Jesse Wood, 1; Rev. Humphrey Posey, 1; Rev. T. K. Reese, 9; Rev. Tousten Phillips 7. From October 1863, to July 1865, there was no pastor and no conference. I am told that Bro. Asa Huggins met with the sisters in prayer meetings during this interval. Rev. R. W. Hambrick, 9, Rev. W. W. Kelly, 1; Rev E. Cullpepper, 1; Rev. V. A. Ham, 6; Rev. J. M. D. Stallings, 1; Rev. F. J. Amis, 8; Rev V. A. Ham, 5; Rev. J. C. Sims, 1; Rev. R. B. McGluty, 2; Rev. J. T. Harris, 3; Rev. F. J. Amis, 1920-1924, and still continues.
In 1832 Bros. Asa Huggins and James Watkins were received as deacons. In 1872 J. S. Plant and J. H. Chandler were ordained deacons. There were others who served as deacons. C. W. Talley, D. Harris and Thos. O’Neal are severing at present.
For fifty years New Hope was prosperous, receiving by baptism on a average per year the members. From 1880 to 1916 the Church was in good condition, and the Sunday School under the superintendency of Bros. M. T. Hambrick and J. T. Kirby Sr was active. Since then the church community has undergone great changes, by removal and death; there are fewer resident land owners and more colored people on the larger farms. No Sunday School. Much of present membership live nearer other churches, but the faithful few are not yet willing to disband.
F. J. Amis
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