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Archer's Chapel Methodist

Photo by Natalie Huntley, March 2001

During a multi-denominational revival held in a grove of beech trees in 1911, ninety-two conversions were made and it was decided by the leaders of the community that a church building was needed; however no one denomination could afford to build one. A meeting was called in order that a solution to the problem might be found; those attending were George F. Heath, a local Methodist minister; Charlie B. Baker, a Missionary Baptist; James E. Archer, a Freewill Baptist; W. T. Gilliland, a member of the Christian Church; and N. L. Archer, who had been converted but had not joined any church. When it appeared that a stalemate had been reached, that it would not be possible to have a church at all because the representative of each denomination wanted the church to be of his own persuasion, all five men finally decided that it would be better to have a church of any denomination than none at all. Bro. Heath was requested by the others to select a man to organize the church. Bro. Heath said "If I select a man, he will be a Methodist, it will be a Methodist church and will go into the Methodist Conference." To that they all agreed, and Archer's Chapel Methodist Church was organized and built on the site formerly occupied by the Moore Schoolhouse.

This article was contributed, with permission of the Crockett County Historical Society, by Natalie Huntley.

This information was taken from an article on the community of Frog Jump, which was compiled and written by Maxine Mayo, and published in the book Crockett County Courthouse Centennial, 1874 - 1974, prepared by the Crockett County Historical Society.