A Little History of our Church

Welcome Grove is the result of a wonderful 5 weeks of revival meetings. These were held in a brush arbor behind Lloyd Corn?s house and garage across the road from where our present building is now. On September 6, 1953 at 2:00 p.m. a council of the following ordained ministers and deacons formed for the purpose of organizing the Welcome Grove Baptist Church: Rev. K.B. Robertson, Rev. Floyd O. Owens, Rev. W.T. Craton, Marvin A. Smith, Robert Lee Wilbur, J.D. Clackum, F.J. Holcombe, Lloyd T. Corn, & O.H. Pete Day. Welcome Grove Baptist met this day for the first conference and general business. Rev. H.C. Williams was elected pastor by secret ballot and Bro. Lloyd Corn was elected church clerk.

September 10, 1953 it was voted to use a vacant room at Bro. Wilburn Clarks for prayer meeting services until the church could be closed in. Bro. Virgil Wigley was appointed to serve as Chairman of Building Committee

October 8, 1953 it was voted to build a church building of 30 x 60 with 4 Sunday school rooms (which is now part of our basement) for approximately $1,400.00. First service was held in this building on Thanksgiving Day 1953

Previous Pastors

Bro. Hubert Williams
Bro. Hubert Williams1953 – 1956
J.T. Brown
J.T. Brown1964 – 1971
Carroll Rhodes
Carroll Rhodes1988 – 1988
Franklin Rogers
Franklin Rogers1956 – 1957
Howard Crowe
Howard Crowe1971 – 1972
Vermon Parmer
Vermon Parmer1988 – 1989
Bro. B.W. Allison
Bro. B.W. Allison1957 – 1960
Ralph Foster
Ralph Foster1972 – 1979
Hubert Woodward
Hubert Woodward1990 – 1995
Junior Merritt
Junior Merritt1960 – 1961
Charles Wilbanks
Charles Wilbanks1979 – 1984
Sammy Hall
Sammy Hall1995 – 1999
Lowell White
Lowell White1961 – 1964
Larry Ritch
Larry Ritch1985 – 1988
Brent Tatum
Brent Tatum1999 – 2002

Current Pastor

Jeff Clark
Jeff ClarkPastor