First Christian Church

First Christian Church (HM15LP)

Location: Pecos, TX 79772 Reeves County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 25.383', W 103° 29.8'

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This congregation grew out of a community Sunday school begun by Mrs. Peyton Parker in the Parker Hotel in 1881. One participant, pharmacist B.P. Van Horn (1852-1932), arranged a revival in 1891 that resulted in formation of the First Christian Church, the first church to be organized in Pecos. Van Horn acted as lay leader since there was no minister. When he left in 1895, the church disbanded until Mrs. Ed Vickers (1870-1950) and Mrs. R.D. Gage started a Ladies Aid Society in 1898. The society planned another revival which reactivated the fellowship.

In 1899 lawyer R.D. Gage donated land for construction of a small sanctuary. One new member who joined the congregation during this period was Dr. Jim Camp (1870-1964), who served Pecos as a physician for over 60 years. In 1905 the Rev. Homer Magee (1882-1921) became full-time pastor. That same year, the church building was moved to this site. Plans for the present structure were made in 1908, after a revival led by the Rev. J.L. Haddock. In 1909 contractor E.B. Kisser completed this edifice, the oldest brick church building in Pecos.

Educational facilities were added during pastorates of the Rev. Dr. Oliver Harrison, 1936-41, and the Rev. Earl Bissex, 1952, Recent remodeling was completed in 1974, under the leadership of the Rev. Clark Ford.
HM NumberHM15LP
Marker Number1701
Year Placed1975
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 642887 N 3477465
Decimal Degrees31.42305000, -103.49666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 25.383', W 103° 29.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 25' 22.98" N, 103° 29' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 401-499 S Elm St, Pecos TX 79772, US
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