Center City Baptist Church

Center City Baptist Church (HM1OUF)

Location: Goldthwaite, TX 76844 Mills County
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N 31° 28.254', W 98° 24.528'

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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 a 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.
Marker Number17851
Year Placed2015
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 556160 N 3481942
Decimal Degrees31.47090000, -98.40880000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 28.254', W 98° 24.528'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 28' 15.24" N, 98° 24' 31.68" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Farm to Market Rd Rd 250, Goldthwaite TX 76844, US
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