Baptist Churches

                  in Kinmundy, Illinois


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The Baptists are one of the earliest sects in the county. The Liberty Baptist church was a log house 4 miles northwest of Kinmundy. Elder Dickens, a pioneer in this county, probably organized this church before 1826. According to the History of Marion and Clinton Counties they were still holding church in the log house in 1881.

Harmony Baptist church was located about 1½ miles southwest of Kinmundy and was named, by the settlers who came from Mason County, Virginia, for their church back home. This group of See, Shelton and Martin families met in the See schoolhouse on March 13, 1852 and organized, and later built a church on a lot donated by R.E. Shelton. This church was damaged by a tornado about 1902. It was dismantled and rebuilt in Alma later that year. When the congregation grew too small to support a church they sold the building to the Primitive Baptists who now use it.

In 1866, 8 members organized a church in Kinmundy but it was dissolved in 1873 and several reunited with Harmony. On April 9, 1904 the Trustees of the First Baptist church bought a lot on south Fremont street from W.B. Ross and wife. There a church building was erected. After using it for several years it proved to be too far from the congregation and they moved to the Southern Methodist building on, Adams Street to hold their services. In 1922 the building was sold to T.M. Smith. In the last year the building was torn down and a dwelling building on its foundation. There is no congregation now in Kinmundy.

  "Kinmundy Centennial Booklet; "Kinmundy"; Railway to Thruway; 1857 - 1957"


Built in 1904 at 512 Freemont St.  This was purchased by Raymond Atkins.  They made home, and Pola (Bailey) Atkins Doolen lives there now.


Baptist Church in Marion County 


p. 154:  ... The Old School, or Primitive, Baptists have five congregations in the county.  Liberty, five miles northwest from Kinmundy, is probably the oldest.  Summit Prairie, five miles north of Salem; Turkey Creek, two miles south of Odin; North Fork, three miles west of Patoka, and Pleasant Grove, five miles south of Salem.  None of these churches are strong in numbers and some of them have only occasional preaching, while others have regular preaching once a month, and all are connected with the little Wabash Association.


                                                                                                          “Brinkerhoff’s History of Marion County, Illinois - 1909”; by Prof. J.H.G. Brinkerhoff - p. 151-154



Kinmundy Baptist Church (1985-1995)


    Hub Smith and his wife started a wonderful movement beginning with prayer meetings in their home.  Hub was an outgoing person who witnessed everywhere he went and soon established a storefront mission in the building that now houses Carolyn’s Flowers.  They focused on children and young people.  At one time 27 children were in the super active kids’ group.  They had 30 baptisms in the first 4 months.  On the first Christmas they made white shirts and red vests for all the kids and presented a cantata with Shirley Miller at the piano.  With limited means, they wired tin cans for spotlights.  Someone gave them a beat up bus that they even took to Kentucky for a major camp out.  It was a family oriented church with cookouts and softball games.  Anna Smith and Hazel Geiler handled the kitchen detail for every event.  The upstairs of the building was used for free clothing giveaways.  They also started a food pantry.

     They were ready for a church building.  Elkville Baptist Church made this possible by paying to move the Patoka Baptist Church and paying for land on North Monroe Street to locate the church as well as buying church pews from Kinmundy Christian Church.  Odin Baptist Church sponsored Kinmundy Baptist Church.


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