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Pecos in Reeves County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Christian Church

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. First Christian Church Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
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First Christian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. First Christian Church Marker
1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1701.)
 
Location. 31° 25.383′ N, 103° 29.8′ W. Marker is in Pecos, Texas, in Reeves County. Marker is at the intersection of South Elm Street and West 5th Street, on the right when traveling south on South Elm Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 423 S Elm St, Pecos TX 79772, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Baptist Church of Pecos City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George R. Reeves (approx. 0.2 miles away); Orient Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Pecos Cantaloupe (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reeves County-Pecos, Texas (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish Explorers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mrs. Lillie W. Cole (approx. 0.3 miles away); Emigrants' Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pecos.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
First Christian Church image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
3. First Christian Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 282 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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