Pleasant Grove Turns 170 Years Old
The Pleasant Grove church of Christ of Trion is now 170 years old.
The congregation had its beginning in Walker County on May 8, 1848 in the Waterville community. The congregation was actually called the church of Christ at Philadelphia.
The original church record states, “On the 8th day of May in the year of our Lord 1848 the church of Christ at Philadelphia in Walker County, Georgia was constituted on the Bible alone as the rule of faith and practice.”
Reece Jones, of Cleveland, Tenn., was the first minister at Philadelphia. The membership at Philadelphia grew to nearly 200 members before the congregation moved to the present site in Chattooga County. The land was deeded on Sept. 26, 1884.
The congregation is now called Pleasant Grove church of Christ. The building is located at 2070 Old Highway 27, approximately two miles north of Trion.
The Pleasant Grove church of Christ strives to maintain the original pattern of sound words as the apostle Paul charged the young evangelist Timothy, “Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:13). On the night of his betrayal, our Lord Jesus Christ prayed for the unity of all who would believe in him. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou Father art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:20, 21).
The Pleasant Grove church of Christ is organized after the New Testament pattern with elders as overseers; deacons as servants and evangelists proclaiming the original gospel.
On May 13, the Pleasant Grove church of Christ celebrated its homecoming.