Old Union History

Events

1795 - Church organized as Trammel's Fork of Drake's Creek

Approx. 1795

1798 - Elder John Hightower organizes Sulphur Spring Church in Allen County

Approx. 1798

1801 - Elder John Hightower organizes Upper Difficult (Bethlehem) Church in Allen County

Approx. 1801

Around 1805 Church moved to current location and renamed Union

Approx. 1805

1829 -1838 - Sometime during this period, the church ceased to meet

Approx. 1829 - 1838

1831 - Additional land deeded to Union Meeting House, with trustees from Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Cumberland Presbyterians

Approx. 1831

1831 - 1838 - During this time frame, a brick meeting house was built

Approx. 1831 - 1838

1839 - Church reorganized by Elder O.H. Morrow

Approx. 1839

1840 - First known use of "Old Union" by the Cumberland Presbyterians meeting at Union

Approx. 1840

1844 - Harmony Church in Allen County organized by Elder Joseph Skaggs, a member of Union

Approx. 1844

1852 - Protracted meeting continued 23 days with 75 professions

Approx. 1852

1866-1867 - A new frame building was constructed. This is the current sanctuary.

Approx. 1866 - 1867

1897 - Church reorganized after split with Plano Baptist Church over meeting location

Approx. 1897

1921 - Revival services began in tobacco warehouse in Bowling Green that started Fifth Street Mission

Approx. 1921

1921 - Sunday School Organized

Approx. 1921

1924 - Fifth Street (now Fairview Memorial) Church organized out of Old Union

Approx. 1924

1930 - 41 baptized by Elder L.A. Stewart at Massey's Mill

Approx. 1930

1935 - Voted to exchange the organ for a piano

Approx. 1935

1939 - Electric lights installed

Approx. 1939

1946 - Half time services began

Approx. 1946

1955 - Grace Church in Detroit, Michigan organized out of Old Union

Approx. 1955

1956 - Sunday School rooms built (basement and first floor)

Approx. 1956

1957 - Full time services began

Approx. 1957

1958 - Revival services resulted in 36 professions, with 19 in Monday night service

Approx. 1958

1960 - Vestibule and restrooms built

Approx. 1960

1966 - "History of Old Union Missionary Baptist Church" written by Elder H.C. Vanderpool

Approx. 1966

1967 - Calvary Church in Carthage, Tennessee organized out of Old Union

Approx. 1967

1968 - Air conditioning installed

Approx. 1968

1968 - 2nd story of Sunday School rooms built including 3 classrooms and a library

Approx. 1968

1970 - Church voted to move to closed communion (members only)

Approx. 1970

1973 - First session of Old Union Baptist Ministers School

Approx. 1973

1975 - First Vacation Bible School held at Old Union

Approx. 1975

1982 - First destroyed piano and left much smoke damage

Approx. 1982

1987 - Fellowship Hall, kitchen, and new restrooms built

Approx. 1987

1988 - First Youth Retreat at Gasper River held

Approx. 1988

1988 - First session of Old Union Missions Conference

Approx. 1988

1989 - Organ was donated to church

Approx. 1989

1990 - Old Union Ministers School Library started with large donation of books from Elder Darrell Hicks

Approx. 1990

1990 - North Star Church in Eagle River, Alaska organized out of Old Union

Approx. 1990

1993 - Old Union School board formed by church

Approx. 1993

1993 - Church voted to replace windows in sanctuary with stained glass

Approx. 1993

1995 - The Student Fellowship of Old Time Baptists, sponsored by Old Union, officially recognized as a student organization at WKU

Approx. 1995

1996 - Classes began at Old Union School

Approx. 1996

1996 - Church joined other area churches in writing and printing VBS literature

Approx. 1996

1998 - Baptistery added to the back of the Fellowship Hall

Approx. 1998

2000 - Front porch added

Approx. 2000

2003 - Old Union handbell set purchased with donations from the Sunday School classes

Approx. 2003

2009 - Kitchen remodeled and new rooms added to the Fellowship Hall

Approx. 2009

2015 - Church buries time capsule to be opened in 2095

Approx. September 20, 2015

2095 - Time Capsule to be opened on Old Union's 300th Anniversary

Approx. 2095

Pastors

John Hightower - (1795-?)

1795 - Approx. 1813

Richard Owings (years uncertain)

Approx. 1813 - Approx. 1829

Orson Holland Morrow (1839-1842)

1839 - 1842

Joseph Skaggs (1843-1844)

1843 - 1844

Orson Holland Morrow (1845-1880)

1845 - 1880

Vernon K. Witt (1880-1886)

1880 - 1886

Mordecai F. Ham (1886-1890)

1886 - 1890

John Bass Shelton (1891-1892)

1891 - 1892

Lewis H. Voyles (1892-1894)

1892 - 1894

Alexander N. Whittinghill (1895-1896)

1895 - 1896

Raleigh Wright (1897-1900)

1897 - 1900

Tobias J. Ham (1900-1908)

1900 - 1908

John W. McQueen (1909-1912)

1909 - 1912

C.B. Massey (1913-1926)

1913 - 1926

Luther A. Stewart (1927-1945)

1927 - 1945

William R. Overton (1946-1951)

1946 - 1951

H. C. Vanderpool (1951-1960)

1951 - 1960

William R. Overton (1960-1962)

1960 - 1962

H. C. Vanderpool (1963-1971)

1963 - 1971

Kenneth Massey (1971-1977)

1971 - 1977

Paul Bryson (1977-1984)

1977 - 1984

Jerry Reynolds (1984-1995)

1984 - 1995

H. C. Vanderpool (1996-2000)

1996 - 2000

Stephen Skinner (2001--2009)

2001 - 2009

Brad Wheeler (2010-2013)

2010 - 2013

David Swindle (2013-today)

2013 - 2016

Associations

Green River (1800-1811)

1800 - 1811

Gasper River (1812-1819)

1812 - 1819

Drakes Creek (1820-1829)

1820 - Approx. 1829

Bethel (1841-1858)

1841 - 1858

Bays Fork (1859-1889)

1859 - 1889

Warren (1890-1946)

1890 - 1946

Wiseman (1947-1951)

1947 - 1951

Siloam (1952-today)

1952 - Approx. 2016