Concho Baptist Church
Coleman, Texas
by Gertrude Brewer 

from A History of Coleman County and Its People, 1985 
edited by Judia and Ralph Terry, and Vena Bob Gates - used by permission

A. W. Fechner and family returned to Coleman and he saw the need of a Baptist Church in the south part of Coleman and awakened the interest of the people in that area.  He solicited funds from Baptist and friends and by donated labor, a splended tabernacle was built.  On Sunday, July 31, 1927, the first service was held. Bro. Nolan Barmore led the singing, with Eirys Sparkman at the piano, Bro. Cyrus Sewell led in prayer after which Bro. Fechner preached.  After the sermon a missionary Baptist church was organized with 22 charter members.  Bro. Fechner was called as the first pastor.  The church was first named the South Coleman Baptist Church. The first tabernacle was located on the corner of 11th and Pecos Streets.  Later, Papa George Hipsher donated a lot between Concho and Commercial streets where the church erected a building for worship.  It was small and a huge tabernacle was erected just north of the building and George Hipsher did most of the work on the tabernacle without any pay.

South Coleman Baptist Church - 1950

In 1954, upon democratic vote of the assembly, the name of the church was changed from the South Coleman Baptist Church to the Concho Baptist Church.  On May 30, 1956, a new tabernacle was completed on the corner of Concho and West 10th Streets.  Dedication services for the new tabernacle of the Concho Baptist Church were held on August 26, 1956.  A list of the charter members is as follows: Mr. and Mrs. John Machen; Mr. and Mrs. George Hipsher, Truett and Paul; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Sewell; Lelys Richardson; Mrs. A. F. Watson; Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Yancey; Mr. and Mrs. Gay Hipsher; Rev. and Mrs. A. W. Fechner; Mr. and Mrs. George Pridemore; Mr. and Mrs. Willie Day; and Ruth May Dunoway.

Concho Baptist Church - 1983

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