Millstone Baptist Church will celebrate its 157th anniversary on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be served after the morning service.
Known for serving the community for many years, Millstone was founded when a new church was built from old demolished materials and logs moved to the present site, where it now stands. The foundation of the church was made of stones taken from an old mill, which was no longer used to grind cornmeal.
The stones provided to complete the foundation were so large that they had to be rolled down the road to the current site. The name of the road, Millstone Road, is the name of the church. Eventually the road would become Highway 501 and now LP Bailey Memorial Highway.
The following ancestors helped build the first church: David Adams, Presley Miller, Isreal Lacy, Joel Logan, Robert Logan, Ben Hendrick, Will Millie and Alex Thornton.
This story of how the church began was told to Sydnor J. Jennings when he was a boy.
Millstone Baptist Church is one of the oldest black churches in Halifax County. He had 15 pastors to serve over the years.
Under the leadership of the seventh pastor, JJ Hendricks Sr., ordained a deacon in 1918, the church was remodeled in 1923. The 11th pastor, Reverend Dr. HL Brooks of Clover, served for 48 years until his death, and the church was again remodeled under his direction.
These records were kept and passed on by JJ Hendricks Sr. and Lucy Jennings Easley Coleman, who served as the church mother for many years until her death.
After the Brooks’ deaths, Millstone was blessed with Reverend EF Harvey, Reverend Johnny Stone and Reverend Chester Spruill. Through this leadership many additions have been made and many souls have been saved.
Under the leadership of current pastor, Reverend Paul O. Crews, the challenge is to maintain Millstone as a spiritual center for members, continuing to bring souls to Christ.
Church members are planning a celebration of thanksgiving for the many years the Lord has blessed and kept the Saints of Millstone Baptist Church.