Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 18, 2013

Crum Chapel celebrates turning 100

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Crum Chapel Baptist Church turned 100 back in August but the Centennial Celebration and revival begins on Saturday.

The celebration kicks off with inflatables, games and food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and then a week of revival meeting begins Sunday.

Six different pastors will be preaching throughout the weekend, starting with Dave McKinney on Sunday morning.

There are also different singing groups each night.

Here is the schedule for the week:

Sunday: Dave McKinney preaching, Nancy Banfield singing

Monday: Pastor Danny Laney preaching, John Stevens singing

Tuesday: Pastor Bill Smith preaching, John Powers singing

Wednesday: Pastor Bob Chaffins preaching, Sandy City FWB singers

Thursday: Pastor Willard Nolen preaching, Crum Chapel singers

Friday: Pastor Danny Brown preaching, Flatwoods FWB singers

Crum Chapel Baptist Church was built in 1913-1914 on land donated by James Crum.  The deed was recorded August 7, 1913. The ladies of the church met at sewing circles in their homes. They also met in their homes to make and sell aprons, bonnets, and quilts to raise money for the building of the church.

The original building was smaller than it is now. It only had three side windows and the chapel was used for Sunday School classes as well as bringing the message.

 There were five Sunday school classes with each class taking a section of the chapel for their class.  Remodeling was done some time later adding two more side windows with a finished basement, with two additional classrooms, the pastor’s office, and a downstairs bathroom, with the stairs being moved to the front of the church.  

Approximately 10 to 14 years later there was a baptistery and an upstairs bathroom added that made it easier for the elderly and the disabled.  

An annex building, known as the Bobby J. Cassity Fellowship Hall, was built by church members along with Jake Miller’s carpentry class.  

Recent remodeling has included an extension of the front porch, a much larger deck on the annex building, a picnic area and a larger parking lot to the left of the church.

When the church first opened, they belonged to the United Baptist Association. The first pastor was thought to be Josh Damron.  The church later broke away from that association.  Most of the pastors have been Free Will Baptist ministers, as is our current pastors, Danny Laney.

There have been many  meetings back then and now, with revivals lasting four to six weeks and seeing hundreds saved.  The church has had many singers and musicians.

The church has had its share of hard times, going without a pastor and even, at one time, the doors were closed and locked.

But through hard work and dedication of the members, the church survived.  

Many of the descendants from the early days still attend the church today.