Rev. C. L. Dowdy
Rev. Tommy A. Brown
The Missionary Baptist members named their church Ash Grove. They were now having services in a log cabin on the Hockett Farm located on Rucker Lane. On June 12, 1905, this property where the church is now situated was purchased from Mr. T. O. Lillard by the Ash Grove Missionary Baptist Church members. They later renamed the church to "Cherry Grove" because of the many cherry trees that surrounded the land.
Thus, with loyal members and by the grace of God, Cherry Grove will continue to move forward for the cause of Jesus Christ. Cherry Grove’s existence today is a testimony to the Almighty God, who has provided the faith, love, prayers, and Christian laborers of generations past, present and those yet to come.
God in His infinite wisdom has sent pastors to continue His work here on earth as leaders of the church body. Some of Cherry Grove’s former pastors include: Turner Farm Location: Reverend Jew (1863-1868), Reverend Joe Brown (1869-1873), Reverend Richard Rideout ( ?? ); Ash Grove Location: Reverend Wash Green (1874-1882), Reverend Neil Caruthers (1883-1889).
Cherry Grove Location: Reverend Tommy A. Brown (1890-1923), Reverend W. H. Whitaker (1924-1926), Reverend A. F. Murray (1926-1947), Reverend H. W. Turner (1948-1958), Reverend C. L. Dowdy (1959-1988) and Reverend David W. Johnson (1989-2013).
Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your GOD hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. Joshua 1:13
Rev. David W. Johnson
“History” in the religious sense has been identified as “His Story”. The “Story” of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And this is the “Story” that we have tried to convey to the whole world throughout the years—“The Gospel of Jesus Christ”. Therefore, we thank you and pray for your continued help in spreading the message of our Master--Jesus Saves!
Rev. A. F. Murray
Rev. H. W. Turner
Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church "story" begins in the early 1800s. In 1843, a small group of Christian people started worshipping together. They were a mixed group of Methodist, Church of God, Primitive Baptist and Missionary Baptist and began worshipping services on the Turner's farm located in the Salem community. They later moved to the Spencer farm still located in the Salem community.
After much prayer and remaining faithful, God provided Cherry Grove with another one of His servants to carry on His plans for this church. On July 26, 2014, Minister James Curtis Ward, Jr. was elected the pastor of Cherry Grove. Therefore, we will continue our journey with the Lord as faithful, grateful and obedient followers of His Word.
Rev. James Curtis Ward, Jr.
(2014 - present)