by Steve Hale
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” ( Hebrews 12:1, NKJV).
According to the late brother Johnny McCulloch, the church was planted in Mt. Juliet about 1891 (“History of The Church of Christ At Mt. Juliet, TN”, p.7). Brethren from the nearby Scobey’s Chapel church decided to relocate in Mt. Juliet, since most lived there. Jesse and Annie Gleaves gave a little thicket (a half acre in front of our current building) near the creek for the church.
Sparks from a nearby saw mill caused the original building to burn in 1908. The brethren rebuilt a block building with metal shingles. In 1910, acreage was added to the south and west of the current facility. The first Sunday School rooms were added in 1927. In 1958, a nursery, baptistery, restrooms, and another classroom was added.
In the 60’s, it became apparent the church would soon outgrow the old facilities. In September of 1967, the current auditorium was constructed by Aneo Structures. The first service in the new building was held May 5, 1968, and though 425 were present that day, the membership was something less than 200 at that time.
In 1979, the elders saw the need for more room for Bible classes, and so the annex was constructed with the first two floors completed. The Third floor was completed just four years ago.
Shortly after this, the church purchased two acres of property to the west of our building for future parking. This past summer, we bought the adjacent lot to the north of our building, formerly owned by Wilson County.
It’s obvious that this church has a rich heritage of far-sighted pioneers and champions of the faith. I’m convinced many of those who’ve gone to be with the Lord are cheering us on even now ( Hebrews 12: 1).
Historic dates have been shared with you in this article, thanks in large measure to the history written by the late brother Johnny McCulloch. 1891, 1908, 1910, 1927, 1958, 1967, 1979, 1991, 1992, 1995. What will be written of June, 1995? The Lord willing, we are about to write that bit of history.
Shall we have the faith of those who preceded us? Will we launch out as they did, and build for the future? Denominations are springing-up all around us. How shall we respond? Will we, with faith and determination, tackle the task at hand?
Individually, the task set before us is impossible. Collectively, and with the help of our God, nothing is impossible ( Philippians 4:13). Together, we can do it!