A Brief History of Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church
Written By Clifford Gore
On, February nine, Eighteen hundred eighty nine a body of people, who had been meeting to worship and study in a building located at Hecla, Ohio were organized as Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church under the arming procedure of Storms Creek Missionary Baptist Church. They
chose J. Henley Webb as their first pastor. In August of that year they lettered with The Ohio Baptist
Association and are yet today associated with them.
Since that time twenty-six Pastors, including our present Pastor Brother Michael Long, have served the Church.
Their place of worship was destroyed by fire in nineteen hundred twenty one and for the next five years they met to worship in Sugar Creek School House. A tract of land was donated to them by the Hecla Land Company where our present Church is located, and a small one room log Church House was erected. Later it was replaced by a one room frame building. Timber was cut from the land that
had been donated and sent to the mill to be sawed for this building.
This building served the Church until nineteen hundred forty eight when God brought a sweeping revival into their mist that lasted seven days a week for sixteen weeks at which time a great number of souls were saved and one hundred fifty were baptized into the Church. This brought about a need for room and a much larger building with a full basement which had class rooms was built. This was accomplished entirely by volunteer labor. Bro. Homer Click was pastor during this time. Since that
time the Church has been bricked and remodeled to where it is today. Also a fellowship hall has been
added to the grounds and a large cemetery encircles the facilities. A large school building was purchased from Rock Hill School District and on the Fifteenth Day of November, Two Thousand Two it was dedicated to the Lord’s service. This is now the home of Landmark Baptist Bible College and Sugar Creek Christian Academy both of which Sugar Creek Church is the sponsor and overseer.
On Jan. 28, 1954 Sugar Creek Church gave arm and Royersville Missionary Baptist Church was organized. That Church is healthy and strong doing the Lord’s work yet today.
Over the years God has called a number of Gospel Preachers from the ranks of this body. We have no official record of them from the time Sugar Creek was organized up to about nineteen hundred thirty seven but from that time to the present at least nine men have answered the call to preach God’s Word.
We are also associated with The American Baptist Association and the American Baptist Association of Theological Schools.
The Church today enjoys services with Bible School and Worship on Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening Worship, and Wednesday Evening with Adult and Youth Bible Study. Our largest service is Sunday evening. We have an effective youth program with capable leaders and the Church is careful not to forget the shut-ins and those in the rest homes where several services a month are conducted.
God has richly blessed with teachers and an abundance of musical talent and willing workers in all of the ministries of the church.
We covet your prayers as we go forth in this great work.
This is a picture of the original
church. This church was built on the site of Cynthia Web's home at
Hecla. The building burned to the ground. The church then rebuilt on the
present site of Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
This is the building that was built
when the original church burned. This building was torn down after the
present building was completed.
Our current church building.