Sitting just on the other side of Logan-Todd county line is Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in Allensville.
Both the town and the church have a long history and Mt. Gilead will be commemorating its past this weekend as the congregation celebrates a milestone – the church’s 200th anniversary.
Like Allensville, the church isn’t as big as it once was. Once boasting a membership of over 100, most Sundays nowadays sees around 30 or 40 attend for morning service.
Longtime member Mary Ann Downing said that the church has mirrored the community in many ways over the years.
“When I was small, there was more businesses in Allensville,” Downing said. “There was banks and stores and dances on Saturday nights. You lose a lot of members when the town loses that many people.”
But that hasn’t stopped the current members from planning a big celebration this weekend. Downing said that the church will be cooking for a crowd between 100-125.
“We have a couple flying in from Texas, who were members here years ago,” Downing said. “We also have people coming in from Florida and California.”
A former pastor, Bro. Mark Pointer, will be bringing the message at 11 a.m. Lunch and fellowship will follow with special music from Three for Thee planned at 2 p.m.
Mt. Gilead was formed in 1815 after several members from Union Baptist Church (now known as New Union) decided to start a church of their own in their own community of Allensville. In addition to Mt. Gilead, several other churches also started from former members of Union Baptist.
The members were dismissed from Union Baptist on Dec. 2, 1815, with the charge of starting their own church. The original building was located near the present junctions of US 79 and KY 102.
In the early days, the church was made up of both white and black members. In 1855, the minutes state that they member of the church stood at 126 and was made up of 70 white members and 56 black members.
The church moved to its present location at 8972 Allensville Road in 1875 and a brick edifice was erected at a cost of about $8,000.
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