Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Oldest Babtist Church in Texas

On Tuesday, we were able to visit the historical site of the oldest Baptist church in Texas.

Note the spelling of Baptist.

This building was again repaired in 1996.


The first Baptist church in Texas was organized in Illinois by Elder Daniel Parker. Parker visited Texas in 1832 and concluded that the Mexican laws clearly prohibited organizing a church in Texas. He also decided the immigration of an organized church into the state would not violate the colonization laws. To this end, he and several others constituted a church in Illinois, then traveled to Texas by wagon train, arriving in Austin Colony January 20, 1834. Parker held a strict predestinarian theology, as well as his controversial Two-Seed theology. Like those travellers, the church was named Pilgrim. This church, and those churches of like faith that followed, remained aloof from the majority of Baptists in Texas. Pilgrim church is the oldest Baptist church in Texas and survives today as a Primitive Baptist church.

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