First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City turns 176 years old today.
The church has its beginnings in the protracted meetings that once played a vital role in the religious and social life of Southern Protestants. Believers from various denominations, some traveling many miles on shabby, bone-jarring roads, gathered to pitch camp and enjoy several days of fellowship, fine cooking, and the preaching of God’s word.
In late summer 1841 the kind Methodists of Benton, Mississippi hosted one such meeting. Gathering with them was a handful of Presbyterians from Yazoo City, who organized Yazoo Church on August 15, 1841. The church’s name was changed in 1843 to First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City.
The Rev. Richmond McInnis was called as the church’s founding pastor and would stay until 1851.
Among the six charter members was Mrs. Sophia T. Whitman. Her descendant, ninety-eight-year-old Sam B. Olden, is active in the worship life of the church today.
I am grateful to serve as the church’s 17th pastor.
“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4).
Happy Birthday First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City!
Source: A Brief History of The First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City, Mississippi (1841-1991).