Prior to 1840, Bethpage Church was known as Rehobeth and „Old Bethpage‰. No records were kept, but according to reliable information, it is believed that the church was organized between 1784 and 1790. It is definitely known that the King of England issued the land for the church. This grant was secured by a Mr. Stirewalt and Mrs J. Dayvault of China Grove, and a granddaughter of Mr. Stirewalt.. On or about 1840 the Presbyterians in the area moved to a new location and through mutual agreement the Methodists at Rehobeth moved to the old Presbyterian Church location and changed the name of their church from Rehobeth to „Old Bethpage‰. The administrative board, not being certain of any dates before 1840, has taken this date as the official date of organization. However, the history of the church is remembered to have come into existence at least 50 years prior to 1840.
Source: Histories of the Methodist Churches In The Salisbury District Western North Carolina Conference, Compiled By Betty K. Simpson
GPS Coordinates: 35.51267, -80.66284
- Added: 20 Sep 2003
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