First Red Bank Baptist Church – The Church Journey

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October 20, 2020,  http://mynetzone.com/

I had the privilege to visit First Red Bank Baptist Church, which was one of the first primitive Baptist church around 1819. The first building, made of logs, was torn down and rebuilt about 1870. The church and community had a pie supper to raise money to buy the bell, which is located in the new sign that was built in April of 2014. [1]

The church has been reorganized several times. The last time was in the early 1960′s. Land was bought on Newport Highway and a new church was built there. Some members chose not to move with the majority and stayed. On October 15th 1964, a meeting was called to form Old Red Bank Baptist Church. [1]

Reverend Holbert Maples was called as pastor April 4th 1971 until February 25th 1973

During his time as pastor on September 5, 1971, Old Red Bank Baptist Church officially changed its name to First Red Bank Baptist Church, claiming the right to be known as the original body. [1]

Reverend William (Bill) Merritt became the pastor in May 1991. During his leadership the church grew with new memberships, but most importantly grew spiritually. March 4th 2004, ground was broken by Robbie Rainwater Meyers and work began on the new church building. The fellowship hall was completed by December of that year and church members and guest were able to have the first church dinner. Sunday morning April 2nd 2006, church members met at the old church building for the last time and walked from the old church to the new church for their first service. Reverend Bill Merritt went to be with the Lord on April 9th of 2011. [1]

God continues to bless with growth in membership and youth. They are now serving the Lord with the use of the internet website where they are now getting out the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide through our YouTube channel.

In 2016 a devastating fire that spread form the Smoky Mountains into Gatlinburg led to the pastor opening a new mission called THE MIGHTY WINDS OF PENTECOST. The primary purpose was to serve the people that lost everything from the fires giving them food, water, clothes, hygiene products and many other items. The mission continues to serve people in need for our area. [1]

MY JOURNEY:

I met Paul during my visit. Paul was taking pictures of the road he later told me he was concerned about the increased traffic related to a proposal for a new housing development being voted on down the road. Paul has lived in the area for several decades. After our conversation I spent time meditating and in prayer.

The white wooden church, which is now used as the youth building is the old church that is surrounded by an old cemetery.  I couldn’t help to think about how much the area around the church has changed in the last two hundred years. What was once open fields around the church to is now a housing development with multiple houses with small yards build next to each other.

The white wooden church, which is now used as the youth building is the old church that is surrounded by an old cemetery.  I couldn’t help to think about how much the area around the church has changed in the last two hundred years. What was once open fields around the church to is now a housing development with multiple houses with small yards build next to each other.

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

It’s difficult to imagine the changes that has taken place over the last 200 hundred years at the location of this church. Especially for those racing through life with little time for reflection.   One thing that hasn’t changed is the Bible, which was carried to church by the early settlers. The Bible has survived over two thousand years and has been translated in many languages.  The comfort and the hope embodied in the message in the Bible applies the same today as it did the day it was written.  Christians still find it relevant! For us, life is not simply an empty journey, a trip to acquire more toys until eventually it’s all over. From the pages of the Bible we read about our role in God’s design and kingdom, and how our lives are touched with purpose and meaning. If you haven’t spent time reading the Bible, I would encourage you to do so. It provides a perfect road map for living life.

FELLOWSHIP:

With the National emergency for the COVID-19 virus many churches are remaining closed during the week only providing limited capacity openings on Sundays.  At the time of my visit the church was closed, so I spent time outside the church in meditation and prayer. I had the opportunity to talk to Paul a concerned resident about the planned construction for the area.  

DETAILS:   

Church Website: https://www.firstredbankbaptist.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/First-Red-Bank-Baptist-Church-115862415109814

Date Visited: 2020 August 17. 

Location: 2120 Summerfield Ln. Sevierville, Tn.

If you would like to learn more about this church, upcoming events, or listen to a sermon I encourage you to visit the church website listed above.

May our Lord continue to bless this church in Jesus name.

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)

Please Pray for all our churches as they continue to face challenges in the year 2020.

May this find you well and happy, God Bless

PICTURE GALLERY:

REFERENCES:

  1. First Red Baptist Church website, “Church-History” (2020, August 17) Retrieved from https://www.firstredbankbaptist.com/Church-history/

 

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