For where two or more are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them
Believing this verse from the Bible in May 1911, several families in the Pleasant Grove Community south of Henderson decided they needed a Baptist church. Three men from the community were elected to serve on a committee to organize the church. They were Nick Dudley, George Simmons, and Issac Seagroves. They began meeting in the old school once a month. It was known as the community church because the Methodist held their meetings there also. They had two preachers that came when they could…
Bro. J.R. Welch and Bro. Sparks. They often spent the night with Mr. Simmons who was the church clerk. (George Simmons was the father of Myrtle Acker a former active member of Sardis and church clerk for many years.) There were not very many families in the first church but they had big families. In 1921 they built their first church on land donated by Rufus Allen. It was a frame building with most of the work done by members. That same year Mr. Simmons’ home caught fire and burned down. All early records of the church were in his home at the time and were destroyed. The records from 1921-1930 were also lost in a fire in the home of May McKnight who was the church clerk. Most of the information we have today came first hand from the memory of Myrtle Acker which at 91 years of age seems to be very good! On the first Sunday of January 1959 the members held their first service in what is our church building today. The dedication was held on July 12, 1959 with Bro. Husser as guest speaker. The old church building was sold for $500. In 1960 new pews were bought for $400 and the old ones sold for $95. In 1970 the parsonage was remodeled and bricked, and in 1971 the church added a choir loft. In 1977 central heat and air was added. We have a large fellowship hall. The first members of Sardis would have been happy to see how much their small church has grown spiritually and physically.
We owe a great deal to these first members who decided that this community needed a Baptist church. Despite the fact they did not have much money they had faith and determination and a great love of the Lord and His Word.