History of Neely's Bend
future as God wills...
Bend area was settled in 1848 after the Indians stopped their
settlers. There was not a church building in these early years
would meet in each others homes to worship.
The Neely's Bend Church of Christ
in April of 1872 when 12 members of the church began meeting
house in the Bend located 10 miles from Nashville. "They meet
every Lord's day, read and talk over the Scriptures and show
love for the Saviour," stated W. D. Gentry who held a meeting
in July of that year. During the meeting, which lasted from
Thursday, one person was added to the church. He also spurred
the statement, "Go on Brethren, continue faithful in well
will bless and prosper you in every good work." (Gospel
Advocate, September 12,1972 ) Top
(1829-1906) was one of the first preachers in the Bend. He was
an older brother of David Lipscomb and a very able Bible
Sewell (1810-1924) was another of the pioneer preachers in the
had been a student of William Lipscomb at Franklin College. Most
during this period were baptized in the Cumberland River.
For a long time the congregation
regular preacher. Students from the Nashville Bible
College (circa.1918) came to assist in the worship.
were A.T. Richie Sr. and R.V. Cawthorn. Later, when interest
were at a low ebb, Lipscomb students again assisted. In
T. Richie Jr. was active in arousing new interest and
at all services. Clyde Shacklett and other members of the
congregation encouraged the members and worked to increase
the 1920s, when the congregation was composed primarily of
Sanders led the prayer, singing, waited on the table and did
From 1935 to 1940, Noah Chaffin served the congregation in the
Some of the preachers who served once a month were: Andy T.
Sam Litton, Alvin Dunkleberger, Clyde Shacklett, James Allen,
and John Winkler.
The first full-time preacher was
(1951-52).Others were C.J. Garner (1953-58) Cliett Goodpasture
Noel Meredith (1963 to August 1965), Tom Cook (August 1965 to
1968), John Hudson (1969-72), Norman Trevathan (1973 to May
Blackwell (June 1976 to 1977), John Jarrett (1978 to April
(May 1979 to June 1983), Jim Costello (June 1983 to January
Shipman (1996 to 2002), Norman Slate (2002 to 2003), Don Readhimer (2003 to 2010). Mike Tidwell is
our current preacher and Norman Slate is our current Associate Minister and Adult Bible class teacher. Rob Hatchett
was an Associate
Minister (2006-2007), Jim
McInteer was an Associate Minister and Adult Bible class
Some of the preachers who have
meetings are: H. Leo Boles, Harris Dark, Batsell Barrett
Craig, Willard Collins, G.E. Woods, Guy N. Woods, Lewis
Charles Chumley, Thomas Whitfield, Paul Hunton, Yater Tant,
J.B. Gaither, G.C. Brewer, John Allen Chalk, Robert Hooper, J.
James Watkins, Bill Ruhl, B.C. Goodpasture, Skip Stewart, W.A.
Basil Overton, Don Castleman, Homer Daniel, Ira North, Carl
Dorris, John Hudson, Cliett Goodpasture, Clarence Daily, Tom
Irvin, Billy Shipman, Myron Keith, Phil Powers, William
Brown . top of page
In the early
the men of the congregation studied the attributes of the
elders for six weeks.
Included in this group were: J.C.
Jeff Beck, Grover Cammuse, L.C. Huffines, Elbert Kelly, Ed
T. Richie Sr. and Andy T. Richie Jr. As a result of this
first elders were appointed: Jeff Beck, L.C. Huffines and Andy T. Richie Sr.
Other elders who have shepherded the flock are: Andy T. Richie Jr.,
J.C. Baird, Ed Marlin, Cliffe Traylor, Homer Roark, Harris Knowles,
Jeff Beck, Lynn Banks, Glenn Burton,
Jerrell Campbell, Thomas
Billy Shipman and Richard Botts. Our current
is: Tom Garner. Top
served the congregation are: J.C. Baird, Andy T. Richie Jr.,
Ed Menees, Thomas Smith, Elwood Traylor, Tommy
Rains, Richard Fox, Lynn
Grover Cammuse, Bernis Shipman, Robert Moore,Tom Garner,
Billy Shipman, J. R Compton, Tim North, Al Akin, Robert Pettus and James Hudgins.
The Deacons at the
time are: David Adams, Rick Brewer, Joe Burns, Doug Crabtree,
Woody Harris, Van Maxwell, David North, Bill Rucker and Tom
for the church have been Jimmy Garner, Tom Garner, Elbert
Grover Cammuse, Billy Holt, Ben Hawkins, Jeff Beck, Neil
Paul Ladd, Hollis Morrison, Jeff Sherrill, Will Shipman,
Johnson, Tim North and Rob Hatchett.
Presently, singing is led by Rick Brewer, Tom Garner and Tom
The original building of
Bend Church of Christ was built in 1880 on a lot donated by the
Hudson family. All classes were conducted in the auditorium. As
grew, additional space and equipment was needed. So in
classrooms and a basement furnace were added to the old building
the supervision of E.W. Traylor Sr. and A.T. Richie Sr. This
home for the congregation until 1956 and was used as a
after worship services were moved into the new building. The old
was destroyed by fire in the mid-1970s.
The present brick building was built
lot donated by Richard and Vivian Fox and was completed in
at a cost of $44,000. The benches, podium and Lord’s Supper
purchased for $4,400. The Elders, L.C. Huffines, J.C. Baird,
Ed Marlin and Cliffe Traylor, supervised the construction of the
C.J. Garner was the preacher at that time and was instrumental
the new place of worship. Additional classrooms and a fellowship
built in 1963. Top
was one of the first churches in the area to have a church
Huffines’ milk truck ran on Bible study nights in 1941.
A new 40-passenger bus was
in 1943 and operated into the 1950s. The bus allowed the
meetings throughout the area.
Booster Carter, then Ed Menees were
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A new bus was purchased in 2002
Bus Ministry is planned.
Bus and one of
bus was added in March of 2006 to the Bus Ministry.
This bus will be primarily used by the Youth Ministry and
as God wills...
As we look at where the
been, we realize that it has importance only as a measure of
has served, loved and ministered to people and, more
and Savior Jesus Christ. With the full realization that we are
only a little while, our focus is on pleasing our God today by
to live as He would have us to live. We accept the Bible to be
word of our God to each of us and so we read and study it. We
every promise made to us in this book will be kept by a loving
so we preach the good news contained in His word.
As you have time and opportunity
come visit and even become a part of this fellowship of
love one another and are in love with our Lord. Our yesterdays
filled with memorable occasions and accomplishments in service
to God and we rejoice in remembering. Our greatest joy,
is looking to our future walk of love in His service.