First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Reidsville, North Carolina
According to the best sources available, the history of First Christian Church of Reidsville, NC dates back to the late 19th Century, almost 117 years ago. Under the leadership of Rev. Robert L. Peters (pictured on left), our Church was organized by a group of dedicated families in a small “storehouse” located on Church St. The storehouse was owned by some of our own members, the Pannell Family.
Shortly thereafter, the first Church building was erected on Branch St. The corner stone was laid by the Odd Fellows Lodge on August 7, 1893. Needless to say, all of the Charter Members have passed on into the great beyond but we are so grateful for their vision and perseverance. Once can only imagine the many obstacles they faced before, during, and following the building of this Church during those difficult post Civil War years.
Fourteen ministers have served at First Christian Church since our founding Pastor, Rev. Peters was called to other fields of labor.
Rev. J.R. Lauderback was called to serve for a number of years. For one year Rev. Hollis accepted the pastorate of the Church. Following him, we continued to grow under the leadership of Rev. Marcellus C. Walker who lived in northwest Reidsville, NC. He was a minister and also a grocery store owner. His wife Lillie L. Mullins Walker was a seamstress. Rev. Walker (pictured on left) served for Eighteen Years before resigning and accepting the position of Field Evangelist for the Piedmont Tri-State Convention.
As the Church grew under Rev. Walker’s leadership, a larger place of worship was needed. A lot was purchased on Holderby St. as plans were made to build a new Church with God’s help. During the time of the construction of the new Church, members worshipped in the Old True Reformers Lodge Hall on Market St. Consequently, on April 20, 1908 members moved into their first frame structure. The corner stone was laid on August 20, 1908.
Following Rev. Walker was Rev. I. H. Smith from Chatham, VA. He served only a short time and was followed by Rev. I.H. Thompson of Bluefield, West Virginia, Rev. Obie Zollar of Big Sandy, Texas and Rev. Hill who was a native of Texas as well.