Devine in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First Baptist Church of Devine
This congregation, founded in 1882 by the Rev. D. Johnson, the Rev. C.B. Hukill, and 35 charter members, was the first church organized in Devine. The congregation met under a prominent oak tree in town and in a local school building before erecting a sanctuary about 1890. A second sanctuary was constructed in 1912 and a third was built at this site in 1951. Devine's Calvary Baptist and Bethania Baptist Churches began as missions of this congregation. Past guest speakers include former Texas Governor Thomas M. Campbell and several former Presidents of Baylor University.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1627.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 29° 8.5′ N, 98° 54.488′ W. Marker is in Devine, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hondo Avenue (State Highway 173) and North Washington Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Hondo Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 308 West Hondo Avenue, Devine TX 78016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Judge Thomas J. Devine (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stroud's Blacksmith Shop (approx. ¼ mile away); Devine Lodge, No. 590 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Devine Evergreen Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Spanish Exploration in Medina County (approx. 2½ miles away); Charco de la Pita (approx. 2½ miles away); Moore Family Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away); William Carvin Winters (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Devine.
Also see . . . Baptist Church. The Mexican government gave Texas settlers religious freedom in 1834. The first Baptist church in Texas was organized in Illinois in July 1833 and moved to Texas as a body, called the Pilgrim Church of Predestinarian Regular Baptists, in January 1834. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on December 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.