History of Guthrie Baptist

Guthrie Baptist Church is a direct descendant of the oldest Baptist church west of the Cumberland Mountains, Red River Baptist Church of Adams, Tennessee. It is a story of physical movement across state lines as well as theological movement from the Calvinistic predestination of 1800 to the missionary emphasis of 2000. Some of the Calvinists moved northward across the 1800 barriers of the Red River and the state line to form Drake's Pond Church, only to lose a number of mission-minded members to those of similar persausion meeting at Graysville Inn in the 1820's.


Under the guidance of Elder Ross of Spring Creek Baptist Church, the newly enlightened Graysville Baptists accepted the goodwill of Dr. Charles Meriwether, who offered a worship center on his farm. It was to be known as the "Oikadelphia" Church because of joint occupancy with a group of Alexander Campbell's followers, hence the appropriate name given by Meriwether signifying "brotherly love" between two dramatically opposed theological positions.


By 1850 a vision of expansion beckoned the mission-minded Baptists back to Graysville, near the Graysville Inn. Existence in Graysville was to be relatively brief as the development of new railroads, two miles to the east, at State Line, gave them a reason for another move. By 1875 the Graysville Baptists, with their vision of new frontiers to conquer for Jesus, moved their worship center to Main Street in Guthrie, very near the junction of the MC&L and L&N railroads. Society was changing rapidly on the frontier and by 1900 the new town had moved its boundaries, center of commerce, and population four blocks to the northeast. The Baptists packed up again and moved their new building to the corner of Park and Green Streets where they have served Jesus Christ for over one hundred years!


Pastors have changed, membership has changed, facilities have changed, and ministries have changed, but the purpose of Guthrie Baptist Church has been the same since 1834, to obey the Great Commission. The members are committed to make sure that when history is written in the future, it will show this purpose has been fulfilled.

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217 W Park St

P. O. Box 447

Guthrie, KY 42234

270 483-2533


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Office hours


Monday - Thursday

9 am - 1 pm 




Sunday School

9:45 am


Sunday Morning Worship

11 am


Sunday Evening Worship

6 pm


Wednesday Discipleship

6 pm


Wednesday Bible Study

7 pm

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