An unknown author once said, you can't know where you
are going until you know where you have been.
It is with this in mind that i tell you some of the history of
the Saint Paul First Baptist Church.
One hundred twenty nine years ago 1885 the Saint Paul Baptist
Church was organized in Jefferson, GA. Jackson
County on Mahaffey Sreet under the leadership of the late
rev. Green Hunter, the first pastor.
Twenty years later in the year of 1905 the second building
was erected on Oak Street on a plat of land donated by the
family. The congregation used the building on Oak
for several years.
Our late beloved pastor Rev. VS Hughey became pastor in
1956. In 1958 the congregation under the leadership of Rev.
VS Hughey sought and found the present site of 2 acres
owned by Mr. YD Maddox.
The task of negotiating to purchase the 2 acres we stand
on today from Mr. Maddox was given to deacons John Johnson,
Thomas Martin, L.C. Martin and Robert Sims, who were
trustees of the St. Paul Church.
on January 30,1959
they were able to purchase the 2 acres from Mr. Y.D. Maddox
for $3,000. Mr. Maddox then donated the sum of $1,000 to the St.
Paul Church making the actual cost for the 2 acres the
total of $2000.
The land was bought, but funding was needed to erect a
building. And, during that time funding was difficult for African
Americans to obtain from banks to build churches.
The pastor and congregation gave the task to Deacon Thomas
Martin and Deacon Kidd to find funding to build.
They were able to get help from Mr. Morris M. Bryan, Jr.
Bryan was a great and generous benefactor.
He secured the architectural firm and the company to build
Bryan had all of the wood in the
sanctuary, the ceiling and columns shipped from Europe.
Ground breaking was held on June 26,1966
The First Baptist Church of Jefferson shared in the
groundbreaking ceremonies with St Paul and gave a
generous donation toward the building.
It was at that time Rev. Hughey, officers and members
decided to change the name of the church to St. Paul First Baptist.
Construction began September 2,1966 and was completed March
The members and pastor needed help to purchase the pews
and pulpit furniture. The church had part of the money but
not all of it. A loan was given to the church by Rev. Roger
and Sister Lucille Cooper to help purchase the pews and
Dedication services were held on June 18, 1967.
Rev. Hughey retired in 1994 after serving for 38 years. He
served as pastor emeritus until his death.
A search committee was selected to find a pastor. Rev.
Kenneth Kidd was selected to serve in the interim with
assistance from Rev. Luther Durham.
Rev. VS Hughey and members, some of whom are no longer with us,
worked hard to build what we are enjoying today.
Rev. Hughey bought ST. Paul's first bus, the yellow school
bus, that we have used to travel to many places. Before his
Hughey had plans for the fellowship hall and classrooms.
Rev. Marvin Simmons was elected the pastor of St. Paul in
Under Rev. Simmons leadership the fellowship hall and
classrooms were completed.
The bus ministry was upgraded with the purchase of a bus
and a van.
A pavilion and barbeque pit were erected.
On July 15, 2008, the T.V. ministry airing the morning services
at St. Paul was started on Windstream cable. The services
airs each Sunday night at 8:30pm on channel 15.
With the help of Deacon C.D. Kidd, III and the City of Jefferson,
in 2005 the church was able to purchase an
additional 4 acres of land on
the side and in back of the church.
New ministries were organized, the youth choir had 21
members and had their first anniversary wearing their new
robes on March 21, 1999.
Rev. Simmons resigned December 2013.
New carpet and pew seats were installed in December, 2013, and
January, 2014. A new
roof on the church was completed in May
On February 8, 2014, a search committee was selected by
the church to begin the search for a new pastor.
To lead us in the interim we are blessed to have Rev. Dr. Anthony
Grandberry as Pastor and Rev. McDuffie, Associate Minister.