7978 Highway 269
City Directories and History: Crooked Creek Baptist Church was organized in 1826 and the building itself dates to the mid 1830’s. In many respects, the church is misnamed. Since 1826 it has been Crooked Run Baptist Church. However, when first organized near the present church buildings it was a Lutheran congregation called Bethesda Auf der Moven led by the theologian John Nicholas Martin. Most of these people became members of Crooked Run Baptist Church or moved to nearby Richland and Lexington counties where many Lutheran Churches were organized. [Contribution by J.M. Lyles, III]
Crooked Run Baptist Church is one of the oldest Baptist churches in the county. The old building, which is on the site, is said to be the second oldest Baptist church building in the county. The original building was built in 1836 and was covered in Fairfield County blue granite in 1944. Crooked Run was first mentioned in the minutes of the mother church, Cedar Creek Baptist (25 mile church), in 1824 and gained independence from that church in 1829. The original building held its first meeting on June 18, 1836. Garrett Hendricks provided the land for the church and he had purchased it in 1787 from William McGraw. Some names on the church’s roll during its early years include Turnipseed, Yarborough, Bell, Souter, Lyles, Frazier, Andrews, and McGraw. The congregation constructed a new building for worship in 1976 and the old building was moved to its current location. The original pool for baptizing is located across the road on property owned by descendants of William J. Leitner. Some his children remember learning to swim in the little pool. [Submitted by Ben Hornsby]
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