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Union Baptist Church

Chester, PA

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Former Pastors

Rev. Frank Scott, of Virginia, was the first pastor (1901- c. 1904)
Rev. William Washington (c. 1904-December 1904)
Rev. C. H. B. Parnell (December 1904 - 1906 - ?)


History The following "Brief History of Union Baptist Church" is taken from the Home Directory of the Colored People of Chester, 1906 compiled by Lawrence L. Barrett & C. I. Wilson. This reference is available at the DCHS research library.

This church was organized in 1901 with 40 members, and regularly incorporated in 1902. Rev. Frank Scott, of Virginia, was the first pastor and served three years, and was succeeded by Rev. William Washington, of Virginia, who remained one year.

At the time of organizing meetings were held on Fulton street, above THird, and afterwards removed to a small brick building on Second street, above Penn. In December, 1904, Rev. C. H. B. Parnell, of Providence, R.I., became pastor, and continues in that capacity. Rev. Parnell has struggled arduously to overcome many conditions of dissentions and disorganization, and has succeeded to such an extent that the church has undertaken the purchase of a lot, 52 x 159 feet, on West Third street, and are now working, with bright prospects, to erect a building on it before the close of the season.

List of Officials:

Deacons - Andrew M. Jackson, Andrew Young, Paris Dobson, Samuel W. Bevans

Trustees - James H. Bishop, Joseph Tutman, Paris Dobson

Deaconesses - Mrs. Catharine Bishop, Mrs. Lucy E. Bacon, Mrs. Louisa Dobson

Mrs. L. E. Bacon, Sunday School Superintendent


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