History

Organized in 1803 on an old Indian campground, Crooked Creek is one of the oldest churches in the Athens area.  Visitors may explore the old church site, adjacent to the church cemetery several hundred yards south of the present structure, where the stone church foundations can still be seen as well as the “dinner on the grounds” tables.  The more adventurous may find the old outdoor baptismal pool partially hidden in the undergrowth between the tables and the creek.  This baptismal pool, an interesting reminder of the past, had to be hand filled with buckets of water from the creek.  One surprising item of historical trivia is that church minutes from 1850 list the names of 17 slaves who were voting members of the church at the time.

During the church’s bicentennial celebration in 2003, a large granite pulpit was erected at the old church site acknowledging God’s faithfulness to that original small church in the Georgia wilderness.  The inscription on the pulpit speaks for itself:

The Baptist Church of Jesus Christ at Crooked Creek

Founded on this site July 23, 1803, this small church appeared to have little chance of survival.  Two hundred years later, she remains because of Christ’s faithfulness to His promise “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” Matthew 16:18b.

May future generations of her people remain steadfast to this rock of the Gospel: that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again for the redemption of mankind.

This 20th day of July, 2003

During CCBC’s bicentennial year of 2003, a history of the church was prepared for the celebration.  This history includes a list of pastors as well as a listing of the graves located in the old church cemetery.  The booklet can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right (large file – to save on computer, right click on photo and select “save as”).