Posted: 9/11/15 at 10:00am.
Alum Spring Baptist Church in Culpeper and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Troutville are both celebrating significant anniversaries this month.
Pleasant Hill Baptist Church is celebrating its 175th anniversary throughout September.
The Botetourt View’s article notes several interesting things about Pleasant Hill’s history, including that for 20 years in the late 19th century, church members worshipped in a local Methodist church, sharing it also with a group of German Baptists.
Additionally, during that time, the church became multi-site with two congregations in different places. The pastor would alternate sermons between the two locations.
Fred Anderson will present a dramatic dialogue their Anniversary Celebration Service September 27 at 11:00am. Read more details.
Alum Spring Baptist Church is marking its 160th anniversary this month.
Members began the church in 1854 after becoming weary of traveling 8 miles to their church in Culpeper County.
These days, Alum Spring is a robust congregation with about 300 members on the roll. It has been extremely active in the mission field. During the Great Depression, however, the church, like many other institutions, barely survived.
“Back in the late 1930s and early 1940s, attendance was real poor,” Apperson recalled in a 1995 interview. “We’d only have 15 or 16 a Sunday in those days.”
One man, Paul Woodard, did all he could to keep Alum Spring alive. He was Sunday School superintendent for 22 years and his family was the backbone of the church during those difficult times.
“Paul Woodard was responsible for keeping the church going back then,” Apperson said.
Alum Spring began to rebuild its congregation in the 1950s under the Rev. Leslie Napier and grew into one of Culpeper County’s strongest rural congregations in the 1970s and ’80s.
The church will hold its celebration service on September 20th where they will also dedicate a new 5,000-square foot Sunday School building.