218 – August, 06 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Smith Creek Church

Smith Creek Baptist

A church that has existed for over 250 years

Smith’s Creek Church, a Regular Baptist church, was constituted at New Market, Virginia on August 06, 1756. Smith’s Creek in the beginning was a numerically weak circuit church, meeting only once a month. It is still a full-time active congregation in the valley that has planted many independent Baptist churches in more recent years.

Its original meetinghouse, a small log building where the church assembled near Smith’s Creek, after which it was named, was moved to the campus of Ferrum College, a Methodist school in Southern Virginia. Baptists had lived in the area for at least 11 years prior to the forming of the church. Some of them were from the Philadelphia Association, and at least one from New England. He was John Harrison who wishing to be baptized went as far as Oyster Bay, in Mass. “to obtain that ordinance.”

During this period, four notable preachers came and preached in the area – Samuel Eaton, Benjamin Griffith, John Gano, and John Alderson. Elder Alderson settled there and assumed the pastorate of the church from its organization for the next two years until he moved to Rockbridge County, VA. James Ireland had moved to the area and settled as a school teacher. He soon was converted and called to preach. He preached often at Smith’s Creek Church as well as Mill Creek Church, which was also known as White House.

Anderson Moffett, a fellow prisoner of Ireland in the Culpeper jail, assumed the pastorate and served the church for over 50 years. Moffett, a faithful preacher for 70 years, had suffered much for the gospel. Smith’s Creek became a corresponding church of the Philadelphia Association.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 320-22.

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