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Cumberland River Association of Baptist Churches (KY)
A Short History

      The Philadelphia Association, constituted in 1707, was the first cooperative Baptist body in America. The association had much influence upon the churches in Virginia and North Carolina, which pioneered the Baptist faith in Kentucky.

      The Tate's Creek Association was formed in 1783, the fourth constituted in Kentucky, and the first under the style of "United Baptist."

      The Cumberland River Association was formed in October, 1809, when Tates Creek Association met at the White Oak Pond Church, Madison County, KY. The Tates Creek Association dismissed six churches to form the new association. They were: Double Springs, in Lincoln County, White Oak, Sinking Creek (First Baptist Church, Somerset), Forks of the Cumberland, (Tateville) and Union in Pulaski County, and Big Sinking in Wayne County, Kentucky.

      In 1861, the association was divided over how mission work was to be done, not if mission work was to be done. Some wanted to support the Baptist board of foreign missions and some wanted to do mission work the Bible way. The moderator, Bro. Richard Collier, stayed with the original Cumberland River Association and the Bible way of mission work. The association has never affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention at any time, and has never ceased to function as a medium of the churches since its formation in 1809.


[From Cumberland River Association of Baptist Churches website.]

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