History and Future

Central Holston Christian Church began her ministry on September 19, 1909.  In the early 1900s, believers in the Hickory Tree area were meeting in a number of different locations (Weaver School, Beach Forrest School, Beidleman’s School, and Troublesome Hollow School).  It was decided that a new church, centrally located in the community, would better serve God’s work in the area.  J. N. Shepherd, of Milligan College, served as Central Holston’s first minister, holding services one weekend a month (Saturday night, Sunday morning, and Sunday night).

On the morning of December 16, 1951, fire destroyed the uninsured church building.  Within twenty-four hours, however, church members pledged over $1,400 dollars towards a new building.  Jimmie Shipley donated additional land so that a larger church could be built.  Even the children helped out by selling candy, making earrings, and saving pennies.  On December 7, 1952, members dedicated the new church building.  Although many additions and updates have been made (including an educational wing and fellowship hall added in 1970), the same building continues to serve the congregation today.

In 1998, Central Holston purchased approximately 14 acres of land at the  “crossroads,” between Hickory Tree Road and Sugar Hollow Drive, with a vision to construct a new church facility in the future.  Thanks to the sacrifice of many, the loan on the property was paid off in 2005.  In November of 2005, the congregation agreed to launch the Kingdom Victory Campaign, a three-year capital campaign to raise funds for a new facility.  By completion of the campaign, over $250,000 had been raised.  Throughout the campaign, 10% of all contributions were appropriated toward various mission ministries.

In November of 2008, Central Holston’s leaders unanimously agreed to found the Crossing the River of Faith Fund where all contributions toward the new worship facility are now directed.  The leaders and congregation chose to continue the practice of dispersing 10% of all contributions to mission ministry.

In spite of the economic struggles afflicting every American (and every church), Central Holston’s vision to build a new worship center remains alive.  The people of Central Holston have always been resilient and remain so today.  The people of Central Holston are committed to serving God to the best of their ability with whatever God provides and understand that God will make use of the beautiful land at the crossroads when the time is right.