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2010-11-25 / General Stories

Knobbs Sprins Baptist Church

On Saturday, November 13, Knobbs Springs Baptist Church unveiled their Texas State Historical Marker which was received from the Texas State Historical Commission with the aid of the Lee County Historical Committee. During the program Sheila Waggoner presented a short history of the church and Ray Edwards shared his experiences as a member of the church including serving on the Building Committee for the Sanctuary in 1979 and working to be sure it was completed in time for his and Terri’s wedding. After the program the maker was unveiled by Mark McBride, pastor, and Geary McManus, pastor emeritus. The unveiling was followed by a very successful and well-attended Harvest Stew which the church hosts annually. The text on the marker reads: On Saturday, November 13, Knobbs Springs Baptist Church unveiled their Texas State Historical Marker which was received from the Texas State Historical Commission with the aid of the Lee County Historical Committee. During the program Sheila Waggoner presented a short history of the church and Ray Edwards shared his experiences as a member of the church including serving on the Building Committee for the Sanctuary in 1979 and working to be sure it was completed in time for his and Terri’s wedding. After the program the maker was unveiled by Mark McBride, pastor, and Geary McManus, pastor emeritus. The unveiling was followed by a very successful and well-attended Harvest Stew which the church hosts annually. The text on the marker reads: KNOBBS SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH

Knobbs Springs Baptist church has served this area since the mid-1800s. Settlers first came here in the 1850s, establishing the community of Knobbs Springs, and in May 1860, 16 charter members formed a church. The congregation’s first building was located across the road from Jeffries Cemetery and was also used as a school. In 1882, Knobbs Springs Baptist church joined nine others in founding the western branch association of Central Texas Baptist Churches.

The church moved to a lot near the lower Knobbs Cemetery and then in 1897 near Meeks Cemetery. By 1911, members started construction on a new sanctuary. In the 1930s, membership began to decline as residents moved to larger cities and towns to find employment, and in 1947, the church tore down their old building and erected a new, smaller one. The congregation persisted, and in 1972 held a revival which helped spur membership growth. To meet the needs of the growing congregation, the Texas Baptist men retirees, under the leadership of Olen Miles, who played a significant role in the development of the church, constructed a new sanctuary which was dedicated in 1979. The group later built an educational building, dedicated in 1988.

Knobbs Springs Baptist Church has historically been a hub for the surrounding community. The congregation has also been involved in area Baptist organizations and in missions on state, national and international levels. Today, the Knobbs Springs Baptist Church congregation continues to be a spiritual leader, reaching out to the local area and the world at large. (2010)

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