In the city of
In existence since 1930, Rosehill is the oldest
During the period segregation was the law; it was tolerated and practiced throughout the country, especially the South. The first Black congregation in the city is the present day
In the mid forties, the church moved to
From 1949 through 1953, Brother Simmons served as the minister and Brother and Sister Burston, with some support from the Rose Hill congregation, were the physical cornerstones. Early members included: Brother Shannon and Ardella Collins along with their son Carver Collins, Brother and Sister Jack Colquitt, Brother and Sister Ursa Leonard, Sister Thelma Sterling, Brother and Sister Patrick, Brother and Sister Curtis Sparks, Brother and Sister Colb, Sister Rebecca Ward and her household, Sister Fannie Crook, Sister Betsy Smith, Sister Carrie Fulbright, and Sister Ella Mae Jackson. Many descendants and relatives of the early congregation are among the present membership.
Brother Henry Walker was ordained as an elder during the latter 1950s. Brother Lonnie Evans was ordained during the early 1960s. In the early 1970s, Brother Eddie L. Clayton Jr. and Brother Joe McCray were appointed as elders. The next selection was Brother John Marshall Sr., during the mid 1970s.
Faithful servants which contributed to the ministry and growth of the congregation from the past up through the present involved: Brother Luke Miller, Brother Cornelius Mobley, Brother Curtis Sparks, Brother/elder Henry Walker, Brother Cass Wade, Brother Ralph T. Henley, Brother Hosea Robinson, Brother Marion Holliday, Brother Lee Guthrie, Brother K.T. Henry, Brother/elder Eddie L. Clayton Jr., Brother Lewis Banks and our current minister, Brother Elliott C. Glasgow.
The flock has flourished immensely since its beginnings and continues to expand. The structure, which stands this day at
Today, the church has a prison ministry, a radio broadcast through WEAM 1580 AM and a Daily Devotional on WOKS 1340 AM. The church co-sponsors with other local congregations, a television broadcast-Preaching the Word, channel 54. The church hosts the Columbus Biblical Institute. The church assists the gospel efforts of Brother Marion Holiday in Vienna, Georgia, William Prior, in Jamaica, and St. Clair Dowers, in St. Thomas. The church has a web site at www.crcoc.net.
The current leadership includes Elders: Brother Richard Allen, Billy Jackson, Larry Passmore, Lewis Banks, Cregg Amos, and Myrick Bassie along with Deacons: Brothers Kervin Covin, Larry Marshall, Gary Cantrell, Jamie Walker, Ronald Lattimore, and Corey Jeter.
As a congregation, we thank God for the leaders who had the foresight to plan to continue to serve this community. Three of those leaders are now deceased (Brothers Eddie Clayton, Lonnie Evans, and Joe McCray). Deceased also is a beloved deacon, Brother J.C. Lockhart, who departed this life with a great desire to teach, serve, and do good works in God's kingdom here on earth.
This information is contained in reference material in the Columbus State University Library (Archives).
Unpublished history provided by Dennie Trotter, concerning the Rose Hill Church of Christ.
Information provided by Hoover Rowell in an interview conducted August 4, 1997.
Unpublished history provided by Eddie L. Clayton, Minister and Elder of Cusseta Road Church of Christ.
Since June 2, 2003