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Gregg County Churches G-R

Gladewater Methodist: Formed in 1922 and met in various churches until 1935 when their first chruch was built.

Gum Spring Presbyterian Church (New Danville): There is a historical marker located in Danville Cemetery, just off Danville Rd., 4 mi. north of Kilgore. Named for a nearby spring with gum log curb; organized Oct. 7, 1850, by the Rev. J. M. Becton. The 1850 roll: Mr. and Mrs. Meshack Barber, S. S. Barnett, Mrs. T. C. Barnett, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sloan, Nancy Sloan, Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Templeton. The log church of 1849 burned on Dec. 31, 1857; its present structure, built in 1858, housed the Danville Masonic Lodge No. 101 and (1858-73) Danville Masonic Female Academy, the parent institution of Lon Morris College. Moving in 1874, the congregation became the First Presbyterian Church of Kilgore.

Jerusalem Baptist of Longview: African American Church that was formed by 3 people in 1893 from the Consolidated Brotherhood.

Peatown Christian Church: (History from Texas Disciples by Colby Hall, pg. 101 submitted by Angela Jewell) Nuggett Hill Historical marker location: take IH-20 west for 10 mi., then 4 mi. south on FM 2011. This church traces its history to a Disciples of Christ congregation (Christian Union Church) organized near Cambden in 1852. When that church disbanded during the early 1870s, its members formed new congregations in other places. The Peatown Christian Church was organized in 1871 with twelve charter members. It drew families from the ante bellum settlement of Edwardsville, commonly known as Peatown, and neighboring rural communities. Its members worshiped in the old Christian Union Church building for over 50 years and held baptisms in the nearby spring.

Pilgrim Lutheran of Kilgore: 1948

Pine Tree Cumberland Presbyterian: This is the oldest organized Presbyterain Church in Gregg
Co. It was organized in 1847 and was the first church in Gregg County; one of oldest in Texas in continuous
service. Named for a large pine tree (now removed) under which services were held and where Mrs. A. T.
Castleberry taught the first Sunday School class. Charter members were Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Soloman Awalt; Mr.
and Mrs. A. T. Castleberry, J. T. Echols, Jesse Freeze, Benj. Fuller, John Rodden and Milton Starnes; J. W.
Barnes and James R. White. In 1958 a large octagon-shaped building was dedicated and served as the
church until 1932 when the present brick structure with an auditorium seating 300, nine Sunday School rooms, a
pastors study, a young folks assembly room and a kitchen was completed. An interesting item from the records
of an 1872 session shows a report from members who had been assigned to confer with brethren accused with
disorderly conduct. The records show that two of the accused had "partially agreed to quit dancing." They were
then given more time. A collection in 1894 for the pastors salary came to $3.75. In those days, money went
pretty far, and the pastor was probably given lots of canned goods, fresh meats and vegetables. Other pastors
inclued: S.R. Chadwick, W.M. Allen, W.B. Allen, J.M. Robinson, W.V. McGhee, W.R. Edwards, W.R.
Harber, A.W. Yell, R. S. Garrett, B.E. Bowner, E.C. Cross, A.D. Salisbury & L.M. Driskoll.

Pinewood Chruch of the Christian & Missionary Alliance: In 1948
Red Oak Missionary Baptist Church - History  Founded in the late 1800's and is now located at 2717 South Martin Luther King Blvd, Longview, Texas. The Rev. Homer C. Rockmore Sr. is the present pastor. 

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