Historic Markers Across Georgia

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church

Marker ID: GHM 014-8
Location: 1.5 miles south of Ga 122 at Sand Hill (west of Barney)
County: Brooks
Coordinates: N 30° 58.507    W 083° 37.893
  30.975116    -83.63155
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMBWAQ
Bethel Primitive Baptist Church  Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, the second Baptist Church to be organized in the area of old Lowndes County, was constituted September 2, 1826. The organizing Presbytery were: Elders Benjamin Manning. Matthew Albritton and Henry Melton, with Deacon William A. Knight. Charter members of Bethel Church were: Elder Melus Thigpen and his wife, Sarah; Archibald Strickland and his wife, Luander; Henry C. Tucker and his wife, Sarah.

Elder Thigpen served as supply pastor until 1828, when the Rev. Matthew Albritton was called to the charge of Bethel Church.

GHM 014-8 Georgia Historical Commission 1958

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church
Bethel Primitive Baptist Church
Photo by Ken Moser