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Baptist Church arrived in Alabama after the Revolutionary War

The early Baptist Church in Alabama1


S. W. Wilson

The settlement of the first Baptist in Alabama is believed to have been in the latter part of the Eighteenth Century just following the Revolutionary War. We do know that a group of Baptists settled over on the Mississippi River in 1780 and there was a licensed preacher by the name of Richard Curtis among them.

First Baptist Church was in North Alabama

The first church in the present confines of Alabama was constituted in North Alabama and known as the Flint River Baptist Church on October 2, 1808. About this same time there appeared a licensed preacher, William Cochrane, from Georgia, in Washington and adjoining counties.

Flint River Baptist Huntsville, Alabama – historic marker  (The Examiner)

Elder James Courtney constituted Bassett’s Creek Church which was the first Baptist Church in South Alabama on March 31, 1810, in Clarke County. The second Baptist church in South Alabama was west of the Tombigbee River and within the present confines of Choctaw County. It was Oaktuppa Baptist Church constituted by Elders Joseph McGee and Jacob Parker in 1810.

Bassett Creek Baptist Church, 1810 (Alabama Baptist Historical Commission) 

Earliest land grants 1808

The writer believes that this church was in South Choctaw which was settled about this time with the earliest land grants being made in 1808, 1809, 1810. The northern part of Choctaw County was not settled until after 1830 at which time the Choctaw Indians were moved across the Mississippi River.

The first land was sold and entered on the tract book in this immediate vicinity of Concord Baptist Church on November 25, 1834 by David Daniels in E 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 33 of Township 15, Range 4 West. It was not until eleven years later, or November 29, 1845, that the Concord Baptist Church was constituted.

During that time the people probably went to church at either Mt. Zion in Mississippi, or Harmony (now Zion in Sumter County), these churches having been constituted in the 1830’s. Those who constituted the presbytery of the founding of Concord Baptist were Elders Nathan Slay, Thomas H. Clyatt, and H. P. Brunson.

Nothing more is known of Thomas H. Clyatt except that he was the first pastor of the church. H. P. Brunson lived within the vicinity of Zion Church. Nathan Slay was the second pastor of which more will be said than about the others because we know more about him

1Excerpt from an article on the Concord Baptist Church in Choctaw County written by Mr. S. W. Wilson of Butler He states in his letters that the first Baptist Church in South Alabama was organized in Clarke County, in 1810, and the second in the same year, located in what was then Washington County but now Choctaw. That church was the Oakatuppa, which disbanded in 1824. Hurricane Baptist Church came out of the old Oakatuppa Church. (Excerpt transcribed from The Alabama Historical Quarterly, Vol. 08, No. 01, Spring Issue 1946)

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  1. Ron Childress

    I am a descendant of elder James Courtney

  2. I have served as Pastor of Flint River for the past decade. Thank you for sharing a portion of her history! Here is a page with some further reading about the history:

    Interestingly enough, I had the privilege of visiting the Sandy Creek Church grounds in NC a couple of weeks ago. It’s the mother church to over 1000 congregations in the Southeast, and Flint River is a “grandchild” to her. Sandy Creek was founded in 1755!! I shot some video while I was there and posted it to our church Facebook page and to Youtube. You will DEFINITELY find it interesting. Their building from 1809 remains to this day.

    Thanks again!

  3. I have been told that my G-G-Grandfather, James Edwin Scott, founded Rock Springs Baptist Church on Scott Mountain in Choctaw County in the early decades of the 1800s. J.E. Scott is buried in the Scott Cemetery atop Scott Mountain a few miles from the cemetery and across the road from the initial site of the old Rock Springs Church.
    Thank you for your good and scholarly work documenting and memorializing our regional history.
    My brother, David Giles Scott (83), (Cuba & Mobile) and I still own our parents’ farm site, now a tree-farm, south of Hinton, AL, on West Mountain above Okatuppa Creek, about a mile east of the Mississippi line.

  4. JA Mills

    Still attend there today!

  5. Our church is Cahaba Valley Baptist Church in Bibb county Alabama it was Est. in June of 1817(as Carlton Hill) this June we are having our 200th Bicentennial Homecoming. We still use the same one-room church as our Sanctuary though it has been built around on three sides. The doors of this church have never been closed we are down to a few people and 1 service a week(and are praying for more) but the word of God still flows and the spirit is still strong. We would love to have you visit any Sunday Morning or on homecoming.

    1. Please send directions and dates for June. I would love to attend.

  6. Bart Jones

    Little further south, my 4x great grandfather and proof this apple rolled a little further from the proverbial tree.

  7. Bob Alverson

    The oldest Missionary Baptist Church in Alabama was organized June 3, 1809 as the West Fork of Flint River Church in Madison County. It was first named Enon Baptist Church. Later moved to Huntsville and became First Baptist Church.

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