Details for Center City Baptist Church (Atlas Number 5507017851)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507017851

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Marker Number 17851
Atlas Number 5507017851
Marker Title Center City Baptist Church
Index Entry Center City Baptist Church
Address CR 249 and CR 250
City Center City
County Mills
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 556161
UTM Northing 3481943
Subject Codes churches; Baptist denomination
Marker Year 2014
Designations
Marker Location Northeast corner of CR 249 and CR 250
Marker Size 27" x 42" with post
Marker Text In 1875, Reverend Noah Turner Byars, a former blacksmith who served with Sam Houston during the Texas Revolution, founded this church and served as interim minister. Rev. Byars ordained David Isaac Haralson, the first permanent pastor. Byars also led the Bennett Creek Baptist Church, as it was known then, to be part of his newly-formed Hamilton County Association of Baptist Churches. In 1887, when the area was formed as Mills County, the church was one of the oldest in the county. It was called Center City Baptist Church in the 1901 deed and, soon after, a permanent structure was built in the newly-established community by that name. However, summer revivals were held under a brush arbor as late as 1940. In 1946, high wind destroyed the original wood frame church building and a new building was erected that included an auditorium and classrooms. The church was a cooperative member of the community from the beginning, sharing its building and resources with other denominations. Revivals were part of the mission of the church from the early years. The tradition continues with special revival nights in the cooler months and longer summer revivals. Over the years, Center City Baptist Church ordained many deacons and ministers who went on to serve much larger churches in the area. In addition, the church has been very active not only in the community but worldwide through the service and support of missionaries, including missionaries to Alaska in the 1960s and 1970s. For well over a century, Center City Baptist Church has been a beacon for the surrounding area.