Main Street Baptist to celebrate 110 years

By Dr. Richard Sargent - Special to the Register

POINT PLEASANT — A century and a decade. One hundred-ten years.

That is how long the Main Street Baptist Church in Point Pleasant has been serving in the community, and the church will celebrate its anniversary this Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m.

During its 110-year history, the church has seen many changes. The initial building was replaced in 1925 by the building at the corner of Eleventh and Main Streets, which currently serves as the church’s fellowship hall and youth ministry center. In 1950, the building behind the 1925 structure was purchased by the church and added as an educational wing. In 1991, the current sanctuary and offices were added.

During its 110 years of ministry and service, the church has been served by 21 different senior pastors. The current senior pastor, Dr. Richard Sargent, has served since December of 2001 and will be stepping down as pastor of the church at the end of the year.

A presentation of the church’s history will take place in the sanctuary during the Sunday School hour at 9:30 a.m. Prepared by Carolyn Chambers, Anna Handley, and Robin Jones, the historical presentation will feature a PowerPoint presentation of historical photos which will be narrated by Rick Handley.

Much beloved former pastor, Dr. Jim Stinespring, will be the guest speaker during morning worship which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Stinespring recently retired as associate professor of religion at Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi. Prior to his teaching at Alderson-Broaddus, Dr. Stinespring served as pastor at three churches in West Virginia: Main Street Baptist Church in Point Pleasant, Weirton Heights Baptist Church in Weirton, and First Baptist Church in Morgantown. Jim and his wife, Susan, have two grown children, Jason and Sarah, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Emily.

Following morning worship, an anniversary dinner will be held in the fellowship hall of the church. At the conclusion of the dinner, there will be the judging of a pie-baking contest, for which all ladies are invited to submit their best pie. A dessert of pies and ice cream will then be enjoyed by all, according to church members.

Weather permitting, dessert will be eaten outdoors, where there will also be old-fashioned games like sack races and marbles. While outdoors, special music will be provided by Bluegrass Harmony, and hay rides will also be available. In the case of inclement weather, dessert, music and games will be moved indoors.

Bluegrass Harmony was formed in 2002, and consists of Dr. Tom Griffith on guitar, Terry Beach on banjo, Darin White on mandolin, and Jane Lothes on bass fiddle, with all four members sharing the vocals. Based out of St. Albans, Bluegrass Harmony plays traditional and gospel bluegrass at fairs, reunions, churches, community centers, and many other venues. Bluegrass Harmony have been guests on the public radio show, Music from the Mountains, and have played at the Mountaineer Opry House in Milton and at the Purple Fiddle in Thomas. The group has recorded three CDs, some of which will be available at the event.

Questions may be directed to the church at 304-675-4061 or via email at

By Dr. Richard Sargent

Special to the Register

Dr. Richard Sargent is the pastor at Main Street Baptist Church.

Dr. Richard Sargent is the pastor at Main Street Baptist Church.