Missionary Baptist Church of Christ in Pottsville
was organized in 7 July, 1879, with twenty charter members--(male charter
members) Edmund T. Goggin, T. F. May, J. E. Smith, C. C. Collett, J. P.
Robinson, W. T. Wenson, C. P. May, W. W. Potts ; (female charter
members) Eliza Potts, E. Fyke, M. C. Potts, M. O. Lovelace, A. J.
Wenson, M. E. Bratton, S. C. Phillips, L. E. Robinson, M. R. May, S. C.
Smith, Jane Collett, and Jodia May.
On 25 July, 1879, the
Cow House Missionary Baptist Church was admitted to the Hamilton
County Baptist Association. This congregation met in the Pottsville
School until 1903 when the Bratton family gave land to be used
for a church building which was constructed shortly thereafter.
The name of this church continuously
fluctuated between Cow House Baptist Church and Pottsville Baptist Church
Baptist Church became part of the Hamilton County Baptist
Association on 25 August, 1920, and this church was known at Pottsville
Baptist Church in 1920, 1921, and 1935.
On 2 August, 1945, Cow
House Baptist Church was admitted to the Hamilton County Baptist
Association. In the mid 1940's plans were made for a new building
which was built by church members as funds were available. By 1947 the new
brick building was completed and the name of the church was officially
changed to Pottsville Baptist Church; however, since 1945 this
church has been continuously referred to as Pottsville Baptist Church in
the minutes of the Hamilton Baptist Association.
Early pastors of this church included:
Joseph Alexander Land,
J. E. McCurdy,
D. I. Haralson,
W. N. Leak,
W. N. Leake,
W. J. Hicks,
C. C. McCurdy, 1896
Early church clerks included:
J. E. Smith,
W. T. Walton,
J. C. Simmons,
L. S. Bratton,
A. P. Moore,
H. P. Moore, 1896
Early messengers to the annual
1879--J. E. Smith, D. F. May, W. H.
Walton, J. E. Smith
1882--J. E. Smith, W. T. Walton, B.
Haralson, W. N. Leak
1885--D. I. Haralson, L. S.
Bratton, W. N. Leake
Haralson, B. F. Wheeler
Bratton, T. S. Vaughan, I. G. Abney
Bratton, J. C. Simmons, T. S. Vaughn
Wheeler, O. C. Collett, T. S. Vaughn
Bratton, J. B. Smith, J. C. Simmons
Gooch, T. S. Vaughn, J. C. Simmons
Boler, A. A. Gooch, J. A. Redell
Simmons, Jere Wagner
Simmons, W. J. Boler
Nichols, L. S. Bratton
Bratton, B. F. Wheeler, J. C. Simmons
1898--R. Norris, T. F. Nichols
Bratton, A. P. Moore, Sister Emma Bratton