When a church has been around for over 155 years, it can a bit daunting to concisely tell its history. Here are a few key and interesting dates in our church’s history...
1861 - As the Civil War begins, believers gather together to pray and decide to begin a church. They begin meeting in a blacksmith's shop owned by Billie and Charlotte Shelnutt. Philip F. Lamar travels from Augusta, GA and leads a revival meeting. This revival kickstarts the church. Billie and Charlotte Shelnutt donate the blacksmith shop and land for a future church building and cemetery. This is the same land that Corinth Christian Church resides on today.
1864 - The first church building is erected, and Philip Lamar serves as its first minister.
1870 - Corinth begins a school to help educate children in the community
1891 - Erastus Shellnut, the first “Timothy” from Corinth graduates from Bible college in Kentucky. Erastus goes on to plant 28 churches in Georgia.
1933 - Duke Jones holds a 3 week revival at Corinth and 107 people are baptized in the outdoor baptistery. This outdoor baptistery is still on site and is now known as "New Beginnings."
1966 - Don Hardison, a young preacher from North Carolina and a recent Atlanta Christian College graduate, comes to Corinth and begins his faithful and committed ministry that continues even today.
1969 - Corinth builds a new sanctuary. Corinth still uses this sanctuary to host our 8:30am traditional worship service.
1974 - Corinth builds a gymnasium or multi-purpose building that now hosts our contemporary worship services.
1977 - Lester Waters is hired as an associate minister to families with children and teenagers.
1995 - Corinth builds an adult education wing to better house growing Sunday school classes and Teen ministries.
2005 - Corinth hires Adam Turner as youth minister.
2009 - Don Hardison moves to a half-time shepherding role, and Adam Turner becomes the senior minister. Josh Moore is hired to assume the youth ministry roles.
2010 - Corinth constructs a new nursery and early childhood wing as well as a commons area for welcoming guests on Sunday mornings.
2017 - Corinth begins to make improvements in new hallways, welcome areas and parking as a part of its For Generations campaign.
God has been very good to Corinth over the past 150 plus years, and we are excited to see what He has in store for our future!