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Sumner Church over 100 Years Old!


Central Christian Church Bible School November 11, 1918 Photograph presented to the Teacher, Mrs. Scott Gray by the Golden Circle Class

Central Christian Church in Sumner began in 1850 when a revival meeting was held by Evangelist Cornelius Ades. Meetings were held in homes, school houses and out—of- doors until the first frame building was built in 1868 on the northeast corner of Cedar and Walnut St.


The church became known as the East Christian Church for fifty years. Then in 1909, thru the efforts of the Ladies Aid Society who raised over $10,000, a new church was built on the corner of Locust and Christy Ave and dedicated on July 23, 1910 by the noted Evangelist Charles Reign Scoville.


The Lawrenceville Republican, a newspaper published every Thursday by J. B. Stout, Editor, reported on the front page of the July 21, 1910 edition, that the New Christian Church in Sumner was holding the dedication of its new building on Sunday July 24,1910.


Information from Lawrence County Centennial Book and newspaper articles; Photos from Lawrence County Historical Society.


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