Details for First Baptist Church of Stockdale (Atlas Number 5493001678)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493001678


Marker Number 1678
Atlas Number 5493001678
Marker Title First Baptist Church of Stockdale
Index Entry First Baptist Church of Stockdale
Address South 7th St.
City Stockdale
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 600816
UTM Northing 3234388
Subject Codes Baptist denomination; churches
Marker Year 1974
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location On Seventh Street, 2 blocks south of Main Street, Stockdale.
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Stockdale Baptists organized their church in 1874 in a picket building. They met there or in a mill house or schoolhouse for years. The Rev. L. S. Cox was the first pastor. In 1885, under Pastor E. Norwood. The congregation erected its first church building, but this soon (1886) was damaged in a storm. Services were held in a cotton warehouse while the church was being rebuilt. In 1910, while The Rev. J. A. Morse was pastor, present site was bought and the third sanctuary built. Under leadership of The Rev. Charles Bowes, the present building was completed in 1953. The Rev. Charles Young was pastor (1966) when current parsonage was erected on site of the 1885 church. Stewardship and enrolment have grown during the century. The congregation began in 1916 to sponsor a Mexican mission, erecting a mission hall in 1919. Present mission church was built in 1964, during the pastorate of The Rev. Kenneth Wellman. The congregation has ordained several ministers: The Rev. Marshall Smith (1918), the Rev. Celestino Grasciotti (1924), the Rev. Bryan Teague (1928), the Rev. Jesse Jasso (in the mission, 1962), the Rev. Antonio Del Carmen (1970), and the Rev. Crus Casarez (1973). The Rev. John Hallum is the present pastor. (1974)