Church History

Review of "Some Pioneer Presbyterian Preachers of the Piedmont North Carolina."

Some Pioneer Presbyterian Preachers of the Piedmont North Carolina by Rev. I. S. McElroy, D. D. Undated, circa 1928. 50 pp. I purchased this relatively rare book to further my research into the historical pastors of Dillingham Presbyterian Church. It contains brief bios of ten presbyterian preachers including the founding organizer of Dilingham Presbyterian Church, …

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One of Dillingham's Missionary Ladies – Miss Bertha Abernathy

Not only were pastors at work in the early years of Dillingham Presbyterian Church, but women missionaries also played a key role. Of a number of women who came to serve as Sunday school teachers at Dillingham, it is Miss Bertha Abernethy who is most well known. This can be attributed to her having been …

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E. Mac Davis, First Pastor of Dillingham Presbyterian Church

E. Mac Davis a.k.a. Edmund McMillan Davis (June 21, 1869 – August 6, 1905) was the founding pastor of Dillingham Presbyterian Church. The son of Alexander and Emily Jane (McMillan) Davis, he first made a public confession of his faith in the First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville at the age of fifteen. He earned a …

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Robert Perry Smith, “The Shepherd of the Hills”

In the library of Dillingham Presbyterian Church there hangs on the wall pictures of each pastor to have called the church home. The first of these has a plaque noting “Rev. Robert P. Smith, 1896 Church Planter.” Though the honor of “Founding Pastor” of Dillingham Presbyterian Church is reserved for the second plaque on the …

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