"Brother Graves, A meeting on ten days continuance, with the church at Mt. Gilead, Allen County, Kentucky, Wm. Semans, pastor, closed yesterday.
The church was much revived. Fourteen persons were happily converted. Thirteen of them united with the church. Brother Thomas Seriviner, probably the oldest minister of the gospel in Kentucky (being 83 years of age) but still strong in body and mind, and much stronger in the Baptist doctrine, delivered an able lecture to the young converted on the subjects of baptism; after which the congregation repaired to the water; where twelve of the candidates were ‘buried with Christ in baptism.’
Old Landmarkism predominates in this, as well as most other churches in this section.
Yours in the Gospel Bonds,
Cedar Springs, Ky, December 2, 1856"
[From the Tennessee Baptist newspaper, January 31, 1857; via J.H. Spencer History Society Facebook page, posted by Ben Stratton.
J.H. Spencer was a prominent Baptist pastor, evangelist and historian in Kentucky.
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