Stoney Creek Baptist, one of oldest churches in Carter County, celebrates 200th anniversary

Published 2:31 pm Thursday, March 17, 2022

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Stoney Creek Baptist Church, the second oldest church in Carter County, will celebrate its 200th anniversary at a special service Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m., with a dinner to follow.
Revival will begin at the church Monday with services at 7 p.m. each evening through Friday. Speakers will be former pastors of the church.
The church is one of many landmarks on Stoney Creek. Located in the Carter community, the church evolved from religious gatherings held at the home of Thomas Even in 1820. It was formally organized March 9, 1822, by members of the Sinking Creek Baptist Church.
The church was a member of the Holston Baptist Associaton from 1822-1868, and one of the original 14 churches organized into the Watauga Baptist Association of Baptists in 1868.
Among the early pastors of the church were two Tennessee pioneer Baptists — the Rev. David Kitzmiller and the Rev. J.H. Hyde.
Preacher Kitzmiller was a pioneer of the mountains, a man of rugged strength of body, mind and character. He was married to Elizabeth Carriger, daughter of T.L. Carriger of Watauga Valley.
Rev. Kitzmiller served 41years in the ministry, witnessed the conversion of some 2,000 souls and baptized about 1,600 persons according to some accounts.
Rev. Hyder, who was affectionately known as “Hamp,” is said to have been instumental in the conversion of some 10,000 souls. Stoney Creek was among the early churches he served.
The first Stoney Creek Baptist Church was a small log building, and was replaced with a frame structure. A fire destroyed the old frame building Nov. 25, 1970.
The congregation built a new education building in 1966, and later a brick sanctuary to replace the burned building.

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