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Pastor's Serving Antioch Church

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The role of those who have served as pastors of Antioch Baptist Church since its organization in 1824 is illustrious indeed and varied. Some are lost to memory and others stand out vividly in the memories of those who recall the great deeds and work they performed.

In the days of the eighteen hundreds, the preachers were largely itinerant and were paid for their services in produce that the poor striving congregation had to offer. They were paid very little money
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Rev J Henry Purser
Rev. J. Henry Purser served as pastor three different times and many times during the search for a man to fill the position. He served as a called pastor of the church for thirty years during his life time and many of the fine virtues of this church can be attributed to his leadership and teachings.

Some who preached in the early years were not ordained ministers, but would serve at times when there was no pastor. The story is told of one of the early preachers who left the Baptist Church and went to the Methodist Church.
An Elder, W.F. Green, who was pastor in 1864, served in this church for eight years according to the associational minutes. He had a home in the community and lived there until his wife died in 1889. He sold his place and left the community and there is no one who remembers where he went from there.   The older ones of our community and church who remember well some of the pastors and recall great things about their ministry to God's program and the role they contributed to the building of the work. Some of these who are often mentioned are Rev. S.R. Young, Rev. Jasper Green, Rev. G.W. Farmer, and Rev. E.M. Ferrell

Rev Elmer Howell
Rev. Elmer L. Howell, who is now with the State Brotherhood Department, served as pastor for seven years.

Rev. E. E. Hedgepeth of Monticello also served our church for seven years. It was under his leadership that the present building was erected. He worked many days with the men of the community actually working with hammer, nails and saw on the building and is held in high esteem for what his services meant to the church and community.
Rev Robert L. Bridges
Rev. Robert L. Bridges, who died in summer of 1967 in Alabama as a result of an injury in a car accident
Rev Percy Wheat Rev. Percy Wheat, who was then a student at Mississippi College and is now deceased, served for five years as our pastor. These were five years vividly remembered for great work, ardent interest and dedication.

In 1951, Rev. Delma Cleveland Greer came to pastor our church while a student at Mississippi College and was ordained by the church.   This was and is to date the only preacher to be ordained by this old church.  He served as pastor for two years.
Rev Joe E. Lunceford
Rev. Joe E. Lunceford came to us in 1961 and remained as pastor until 1964 when he entered the seminary in New Orleans. At the present time, he is an Air Force Chaplain and has been sent to Korea. We like to think of him as Antioch's Foreign Missionary. We can but ask ourselves "What greater ministry?"

Rev. J. D. Johnson came to us in 1964 and served one year. He also entered the Seminary in New Orleans and is a graduate of the 1968 class.
Rev Tommy Wood Rev. Tommy Wood served as our pastor from 1964 until September 1967 and he also is studying at the Seminary in New Orleans.
Rev Tommy Randall
Rev. Tommy Randall, a student at Mississippi College, served from October 1967 until 1969.

According to the minutes of the Union Baptist Associational Minutes and the Copiah Associational Minutes records, these are the pastors who have are are serving Antioch Church since its organization in 1824. Some of the records are missing.

Rev. Kenneth Jordan served as our pastor from 1969-1971

Rev. J.C. Cole served from 1971 - 1973

Rev. Randy Turner served as our pastor from 1973 - 1976.   He is currently pastor of First Baptist Church, Laurel, Mississippi
Dr Rory Lee
Dr. Rory Lee served as our pastor from 1976 - 1994. On August 08, 1993, Dr. Lee asked the church to grant him leave of absence as he had been named Interim President of Mississippi College.
He recommended Stewart Moody, as associate pastor, to serve in his absences. The church warmly welcomed Stewart, a student at Mississippi College. On October 17, 1993, Stewart was ordained and licensed to preach at the First Baptist Church in Morton, Mississippi, his home church with many of the congregation of Antioch attending. Stewart also moved his church membership to Antioch on this historical day in his life.
On September 10, 1994, a very emotional day was observed at this dear old church. Dr. Rory Lee tendered his resignation as Senior Pastor after 18 years of dedicated services. We were blessed by his leadership and the church grew in every phase of the work; membership; stewardship, mission work, and Bible Study. Dr. Lee's works in the church for many years to come will be felt and remembered and we thank God for his presence and for his loving family as they served us so well. So many wonderful things were accomplished during his ministry. A reception was given in his honor by the church. He has gone from Interim President of Mississippi College to President of William Carey College of Hattiesburg. At the present time, he is serving as President of Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. On September 18, 1994, Rev Stewart Moody was called as pastor of the church. Upon graduation from the Seminary in New Orleans, he took a job in Statesboro, Georgia. He is now serving in a full time capacity as Minister to College Students at First Baptist Church, Statesboro, Georgia.
Rev Thomas Goza Rev. Thomas Goza is our present pastor.  He came to us in 1997.
Listed below are the pastors who have served Antioch Baptist Church and God's work in Western Copiah County
1827 William Mullens
1852 A. K. Lumm
1856 Solomon Bufkin
1864 W. E. Green
1870 A. K. Lumm
1872 A. L. Tevillion 
1876 J. Henry Purser
1878 R. A. Cooper
1880 J. A. Snyder
1881 John P. Hemby
1882 J. A. Scarborough
1884 S. R. Young
1888 J. Jasper Green
1892 Joseph Buckles
1894 J. Henry Purser
1907 G. W. Farmer
1911 R. E. Weeks
1913 Robert L. Bridges
1917 J. Henry Purser
1932 E. M. Ferrell
1935 Elmer L. Howell
1942 Cecil Jones
1944 E. E. Hedgepeth
1951 Delma Cleveland Greer
1953 Percy Wheat
1958 John R. Daniels
1959 James R. Thompson
1960 Feilding Ray
1961 Joe W. Lunceford
1964 J. D. Johnson
1965 Tommy Wood
1967 J. Thomas Randall
1969 Kenneth Jordan
1971 J. C. Cole
1973 Randy Turner
1976 Rory Lee
1994 Stewart Moody
1997 Thomas Goza

David Ashley Owen Howell 'Jack' Davis
Harold Barlow Paul Davis
Julian Barlow, Sr. Phillip Fortenberry
David Hinds Bishop Dodds Hennington
H. C. Bishop Henry Harrison Hennington
Benjamin Franklin Bufkin Cleveland Newman
Homer Bufkin J. C. Rhymes
Tom Urben Bufkin Vernon Simmons
William Carey Bufkin Booky Thompson
Harold Davis Sidney Thompson
Marshall Davis
CLERKS and TREASURERS      Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.  Romans 12:11

1873 B.B. Day B.B. Day
1882 John F. Conn, Sr. John F. Conn, Sr.
1886 Hiram Sweeney Hiram Sweeny
1897 Albert Gallatin Bishop, Sr. Albert Gallatin Bishop, Sr.
1919 David Hinds Bishop David Hinds Bishop
1937 Mrs. Thomas Urben 'Gertrude' Bufkin Mrs. Thomas Urben 'Gertrude' Bufkin
1943 Henry Harrison Hennington Henry Harrison 'Miriam' Hennington
1946 Mrs. Henry Harrison 'Miriam' Hennington Mrs. Henry Harrison 'Miriam' Hennington
1953 Mrs. Thomas Urben "Gertrude" Bufkin Mrs. H. C. Bishop
1958 Mrs. Lucy E. Thompson Mrs. H. C. Bishop
1960 Mrs. Paul "Elsie" Davis Mrs. H. C. Bishop
1967 Mrs. Bennie 'Jewell' Bland H. C. Bishop
1968 Mrs. Bennie 'Jewell' Bland Mrs. H. C. Bishop
1971 Mrs. Bennie 'Jewell' Bland Mrs. Thomas 'Lillie' Barlow
1973 Mrs. Thompson 'Lillie' Barlow Mrs. DeBerry 'Miriam' Hall
1977 Mrs. Thompson 'Lillie' Barlow Mrs. Sidney "Helen" Thompson
1995 Mrs. Thompson 'Lillie' Barlow Harold Barlow
1997 Mrs. Phillip Fortenberry Harold Barlow

The first record that is now available of Sunday School at Antioch Church is of 1887.  It evidently was not thought to be as important as we know it to be today. In days before 1887, there are records that show it to be in some churches.  In some of the records, it is called "Sabbath School".  There records show the churches to be in villages, but very little is said of any rural churches and our conjecture is that because of distance from the church and because most churches had a pastor who came only once a month to preach Sunday School was not stressed. We are told by those that can recall stories of private day school that the teacher would have a session of Bible teaching on Friday, but because of lost records this cannot be verified as to the Sunday School until the date of 1887. We are aware that a mere mention of elected officers does not describe a Sunday School and the work it can do, and that is vitally related to enlistment of church people, but because of this loss of record we can only list some of the Superintendents that have served and do serve our church.
1887 - 1903 Mr. W. C. Bufkin 1964 - 1965  Mr. Harold L. Davis
1903 - 1907 Mr. Robert W. O'Quin 1965 - 1967 Mr. David C. Ashley
1907 - 1908 Mr. Albert Gallatin Bishop, Sr. 1967 - 1968 Mr. Owen Howell 'Jack' Davis
1908 - 1913 Mr. W. C. Bufkin 1968 - 1970 Mr. David C. Ashley
1913 - 1920 Mr. H. B. Bufkin 1970 - 1971 Mr. Thomas B. Barlow
1920 - 1923 Mr. W. C. Bufkin 1972 - 1973 Mr. David C. Ashley
1923 - 1928 Mrs. Lula Roblin 1973 - 1974 Mr. Owen Howell 'Jack' Davis
1928 -   ---- Mrs. Hattie B. Barlow 1974 - 1976 Mr. David C. Ashley
1934 -   ---- Mr. Thomas Urben Bufkin 1978 - 1977 Mrs. Steve 'Lorilla' Barlow
1940 - 1942 Mr. Boone Bufkin 1977 - 1978 Mr. David C. Ashley
1942 - 1944 Mr. Thomas Urben Bufkin 1978 - 1981 Mr. Bill McBride
1944 - 1947 Mr. Paul E. Davis 1981 - 1983 Mr. David C. Ashley
1947 - 1949 Mr. Owen Howell 'Jack' Davis 1983 - 1984 Mrs. Rubenia Hardin
1949 - 1950 Mr. Paul E. Davis 1984 - 1985 Mrs. Ernest 'Margaret' Simmons
1950 - 1952 Mr. Ernest Simmons 1985 - 1986 Mr. Guy Young
1952 - 1953 Mr. H. C. Bishop 1986 - 1987 Mrs. Ernest 'Margaret' Simmons
1953 - 1954 Mr. Paul E. Davis 1987 - 1989 Mr. Harold Barlow
1954 - 1955 Mr. Marshall Davis 1989 - 1990 Mr. Harold Davis
1955 - 1956 Mr. Thomas Urben Bufkin 1990 - 1991 Mr. Nolan Cheek
1956 - 1957 Mr. Marshall Bufkin 1991 - 1992 Mr. Harold Barlow
1957 - 1958 Mr. Thomas Urben Bufkin 1992 - 1994 Mr. Mark Hennington
1958 - 1959 Mr. G. C. Newman 1994 - 1995 Mr. Phillip Fortenberry
1959 - 1960 Mr. Thomas Urben Bufkin 1995 - 1996 Mr. Harold Barlow
1960 - 1963 Mr. Homer L. Bufkin 1996 - 1997 Mr. Dodds Hennington
1963 - 1964 Mr. Owen Howell 'Jack' Davis 1997 - 1998 Mr. Harold Davis
*** *** 1998-1999 Mr. Harold Davis

Started in 1947, the principals who have served since the beginning are:

Mrs. Harold 'Frances' Barlow
Mrs. Susie Delariva
Mrs. Harold Davis
Mrs. Owen Howell 'Bettie' Davis
Mrs. Paul 'Elsie' Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Fortenberry
Mrs. DeBerry 'Miriam' Hall
Mrs. Karen Reynolds
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Thomas 'Rita' Robbins

The Baptist Training Union work in our church began in 1936 with Mr. T. U. Bufkin as director at that time.  There were many young people in the church, but as the years passed they grew into manhood and womanhood.  Many of these young people were married and moved into other areas and others moved away to school.  Some moved their memberships to their new home churches, and there was a time there were so few young people, most of them merely babies, that the adults became interested in the work and saw the purpose of this organization in training Christians in the work of the church and an adult class was started.  By 1946, the babies had grown to teenagers and the B.T.U. was revived until 1971 -- At the present time, we do not have Training Union, instead we have Bible Drill for the children.
These are the directors who have served since its beginning:

1936 -   ___ Mr. Thomas Urben Bufkin 1962 - 1963 Mrs. Homer L. Bufkin
1946 - 1952 Mrs. W. W. Thurmond 1963 - 1964 Mr. Bennie Bland
1952 - 1953 Mr. Paul Davis 1964 - 1967 Mrs. Owen Howell 'Bettie' Davis
1953 - 1954 Mr. Ernest Simmons 1967 - 1968 Mrs. Paul 'Elsie' Davis
1954 - 1955 Mrs. W. W. Thurmond 1968 - 1969 Mr. Bennie Bland
1955 - 1960 Mrs. Julian 'Stella' Barlow 1969 - 1970 Mrs. Paul 'Elsie' Davis
1960 - 1962 Mrs. DeBerry 'Miriam' Hall 1970 - 1971 Mr. Ernest Simmons

'The Ladies Aid Society', as it was called in 1890, was started at Antioch by the pastor's wife.  Mrs. Jasper Green helped to organize the mission work and was elected to lead the women in their endeavor to help and learn of the great need of the missionary work as to what part they could have in helping to carry on this work at home and abroad. The women gathered together many things that were asked for by the different places where the need was great, such as food, clothing, quilts, blankets, and sent them to various places. The women began to look in their own community for those who needed help and in times of sickness and sorrow were always ready to do a part to lessen the load of the families who were stricken.  Many occasions could be related as to the times when help was given when the mother was unable to carry on her work and some of these women would care for the family, bring cooked food, do a big laundry or other things that were necessary for the need of those that were not able to carry on. In after years when the work was better organized the name was changed to Woman's Missionary Union as we know it now. Like man other organizations it did not function regularly as a union, but the good women did not forget its worth.  From 1897 until 1925 there is no record in the associational minutes of the organization.  Since 1925, each year the women have tried to magnify the purpose of the work and through their prayer life to show the power and privilege of being a part of this union. In years past, we have had the privilege to help in the memorials for some who spent many ears in the W.M.U. work and who had dedicated their lives to the cause.  One of the memorials was a room furnished at Baptist Hospital in memory of Miss Margaret Lackey who was corresponding Secretary for the state department from 1912- 1930.  We also had a part of building of Camp Garaywa. We know prayer is a prerequisite to all work for the Kingdom as the coupling with the power of God to our helplessness makes the impossible attainable.  We observe four seasons of prayer each year with an offering to State, Home, and Foreign Missions, and W.M.U. Specials which is used to help educate children of the missionaries.  Each year we set our goal a little higher and strive to exceed this goal.  There are two meeting held each month and programs from the adopted magazine, Royal Service, are used which stimulate the consciousness of the world's needed for Christian witness.
These women have served as presidents through the years -

1890 - 1891 Mrs. J. Jasper Green 1953 - 1960 Mrs. Owen Howell 'Bettie' Davis
1891 - 1894 Mrs. Margaret Douglass 1960 - 1961 Mrs. Harold L. Davis
1894 -   --- Miss M. Conn 1961 - 1964 Mrs. Owen Howell 'Bettie' Davis
1925 - 1933 Mrs. Dora Bufkin 1964 - 1968 Mrs. Harold Davis
1933 - 1941 Mrs. Lula Roblin 1968 - 1969 Mrs. Harold Davis
1941 - 1945 Mrs. W.D. 'Annie' Thompson 1970 - 1971 Mrs. Owen Howell 'Bettie' Davis
1946 - 1948 Mrs. Miriam Hennington Hall 1971 - 1972 Mrs. Harold Davis
1948 - 1953 Mrs. H. C. Bishop 1972 - 1973 Mrs. DeBerry 'Miriam' Hall
Note, there is no record from 1894 to 1925

At the present time, we do not have a WMU
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