177 Years and Looking Forward 

By Savannah Jane Johns

Above Left: The second church building; Above right: the present church building

SJJimage1In 1841, on the highest point of Greene County, Arkansas, James Monroe Hyde began preaching barefooted and in overalls. That was the beginning of Pine Knott Church of Christ.

That was 177 years ago and Pine Knott is still going strong and the descendants of James Hyde are still here. He was my 4th great grandfather. Pine Knott is the oldest church of Christ west of the Mississippi River that still meets every week.

The original church building was just a log cabin with a dirt floor. It had one window and one door. We’ve come a long way since then but I think that James Hyde would be proud to know that we’re still here.

On June 24, 2018, we celebrated our homecoming. The homecoming sermon was preached by Jay Lyles, 3rd great grandson of James Hyde. Jay talked about looking back and missing our family members who have passed but how we also need to look forward. So here’s to the next 177 years and more!

Visit Pine Knott Church of Christ on Facebook.

Read more about the church’s history here: http://www.argenweb.net/greene/CHURCHES/pineknot150.htm

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