The Newnan Herald, Friday, April 10, 1925
SOME BAPTIST HISTORY---Providence Church
Providence Church was constituted Jan 26, 1835, with 12 members. Ministers present were Rev. Ben Holmes, Rev. Moses Kelly, and Rev. John G Fry. It was first located 5 miles west from Newnan on the Carrollton Road. The second location was on the same road, nearer Newnan, the third location was on Franklin Road, near the Elias Summersís home; and its present location is at Welcome, near the E. M. Grimes home.
Rev. J. G. Fry served as pastor until 1841; Rev James Davis till 1843; Rev. James Banks till 1845. Levi Newton was clerk, and W. Collier and Thos Scroggins were deacons.
Rev. Robert Fleming was pastor 4 years, Rev. John M. Key 11 years, Rev. J. H. Hall 2 years, Rev. R. H. Jackson 7 years, Rev. T. N. Rhodes 2 years, Rev. J. R. T. Brown, 5 years, Rev. W. W. Kelley 1 year, Rev. R. E. Pitman 1 year, Rev. E. B. Barrett 5 years, Rev. J. B. Dodd ? years, Rev. C. W. Hood, 2 years, Rev. W. E. Fuller 6 years, Rev. F. J. Amis 24 years. Sixteen pastors served 90 years. The average increase by baptism per year has been about five.
The church has the distinction of furnishing one foreign missionary worker in the person of Miss Mattie Vie Summer, who since Aug 17, 1920, has been serving as missionary in china.
If practicable I would gladly say a work of each of the splendid men and women who have had and have membership in Providence church. Of those living a word of encouragement to a closer walk with God.
Note---Many years ago, White Oak church enjoyed the services, efficient and constant of Bro Sims, father of Mrs. J. W. Bowers of Newnan. In 1920, Rev. W. E. Yeargan was pastor at Bethlehem and Rev. B. E. Kelley was pastor of Ebenezer church. I hope I will be pardoned for these and other omissions that may occur.
F. J. Amis.
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