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Gregg County Churches S-Z
Sherman Chapel Baptist Church, near Longview, Texas, was organized in 1872, by Rev. Daniel Sherman. The records give the church these names as pastors, viz.: Revs. Daniel Sherman, S. Brown, Green Jones, Saul Jones, J. H. Baptist, M. J. Walker, William Nix, A. B. Davis, J. W. Williams, H. W. Williams, John Crow. The Sunday School was organized in 1889 by Rev. Saul Jones. The following deacons has served the church: Will, Jamison, Pompie Jones, James Phillips, A. W. Walker, Dan Johnson, and John Williams. A. People and Green Jones were ordained as ministers. (Taken from records of The Texas Louisiana Baptist Association publication(1932) Thanks to Charles Newhouse for this information.

Shiloh Baptist Church: White Oak - The Historical Marker Location: 3.5 mi. north of White Oak on FM 3272 to Jamerson Rd., .5 mi. north to church. According to local tradition former slave Butcher Christian, and noted post-Civil War church organizer the Rev. John Baptist established this church in 1871. Services began in a log sanctuary located on 3 acres donated by Butcher Christian. A school for African Americans operated there until about the 1890s. An adjacent cemetery, with marked graves dating to 1882, is still active. revenues from oil discovered on church land were used to build a new sanctuary here in 1936. Shiloh Baptist serves the community with a variety of programs.

Spring Hill Baptist Chruch: July 27, 1932

St. Anthony's Catholic -  Longview: 1883

St. Luke's United Methodist Church -  Kilgore: The Kilgore Methodist Society was organized in 1873 after many residents of New Danville (4 mi. NE) moved to Kilgore, founded in 1872 after the railroad arrived in 1871. They erected a school building in 1873 at Martin and North streets (1 blk. N) for the Rev. Isaac Alexander (1832-1919), who transferred his New Danville Masonic Female Academy to Kilgore, renaming it Alexander Institute. He also conducted Sunday services there until 1883. In that year the neighboring Methodist congregations of Kilgore, Crossroads, Danville, and Pirtle formed the Kilgore Methodist Circuit, with the Rev. F. J. Browning as first pastor. In 1894 the Institute (later renamed Lon Morris College) moved to Jacksonville. Kilgore Methodists continued to meet in the Institute chapel. In 1904 the chapel was moved one block southwest (across Martin Street from this site). It was replaced there in 1915 with a frame sanctuary which was burned by arson in 1931 during the Kilgore oil boom. This fieldstone sanctuary and the annex were built in 1932, and the 109-member Kilgore congregation became St. Luke's Methodist Episcopal Church, South, with the Rev. Bob L. Pool as the first full-time pastor. The Tudor Gothic buildings were designed by Paris, Texas architects Smith & Praeger. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1985

St Marks Christian Methodist Episcopal Church: This was the first to be built in Longview for African Americans. It was built between 1876 and 1880. First known as St. Mark Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, this congregation was organized by former slaves about 1867. Worship services were held in a brush arbor built at the present site of Magrill Park. The Rev.
Robert A. Hagler served as first pastor, and under his leadership a two-story sanctuary was built in 1876-77. It was replaced by a new frame building in 1893. In 1954 the church name was changed to St. Mark Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. this site was acquired in 1972. Descendants of founding members still attend the church.

St Theresa Catholic -  Gladewater: After WWI the first church was built in 1936 at O'Byrne Mill.

Temple Baptist of Longview: 1951

Trinity Episcopal -  Longview: 1894

Unitarian Fellowship - Longview

Wesley Methodist -  Longview: 1935

Winterfield Methodist Church -  Longview: This church traces its origin to Methodist camp meetings held here in the farm community of Winterfield as early as the 1870s. The site of the camp meetings, which drew settlers from Gregg, Upshur, and Harrison counties, was set aside in the early 1880s for worship purposes. Two small 1880s church buildings, sanctuaries erected here in 1929 and 1957, and other facilities including an education building have served the church. The congregation sponsors a number of outreach programs and activities and continues to provide civic and religious leadership for the community.

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