Homecoming at East Fork Baptist Church

East Fork Baptist Church
13175 Cruso Road
Jan O'Neil
Sep 08, 2013
10:00 AM

East Fork Baptist Church will be celebrating its 139th Homecoming services beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, with Kevin and Jennifer Steele as we worship in song.

We are blessed to have and welcome our new pastor Chan Chandler with his wife, Melody, and children Selah, Sam, Neva and Ridge, serving alongside the church congregation. We invite all members, former members, family and friends to share in this special day in the life of East Fork Baptist.

Rev. Charles Dean, a former pastor will be the 11 a.m. worship speaker. He served from 1961-63 in the church.  He shared the first message in the current brick sanctuary in May of 1964, praising God for His blessing of a new and beautiful place of worship.

Our humble beginning was in 1874, when 13 members from the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church assembled to begin a church in the upper Cruso community, calling this new church East Fork Baptist. They met in a one-room log schoolhouse and the small group struggled to stay together, but with the help of God they started to grow. They drew up a covenant, articles of faith, rules of order and called the Rev. J.V. Reece as the first pastor.

By 1895, the members decided a true home for the church was necessary. A white plank church was then built. The simple plank church building lasted until 1942 when a building of native river rock replaced the small plank church.

Again by the late 1950s, the church had once again outgrown its home. Just down the road from the rock church, across from the Cruso School, the current brick sanctuary and educational building were built and the first services were held there in 1964.

Since the turn of the last century East Fork has made great strides toward advancing the kingdom of God.

ln the years since 1874, we have prospered and grown as a church. Pastors and members have come and gone. Babies continue to be born and our precious members leave us in death. So today and always as we remain strong, may our prayer be that this body of God's people stay together in love to do God's will.

Everyone is welcome to attend the homecoming. The church is located in the Cruso Community at 13175 Cruso Road, Hwy 276 South of Waynesville across from the Cruso Community Center.