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Old Regular Baptist Elders



Indian Bottom Association - Organized in 1896. The Indian Bottom Association formed from a split in the Sandlick Association. The split occurred due to the doctrine of predestination. The first Moderator was Elder John Creech, John W. Dixon Clerk, and H.G. Pratt & Samuel Francis - Assistants.


Back Row Left to Right: Unknown, Unknown, Jim Whitaker, Unknown

Front Row Left to Right: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Ira Combs, Dave Maggard, W.R. Boggs, Unknown, Unknown





Elder Dave Maggard (December 18, 1839 - September 03, 1934)  Moderator of the Indian Bottom Association of  Old Regular Baptist.



He joined the Regular Baptist Church at Oven Fork in 1867, and was baptized by Elder James Dixon. He was moderator of Big Cowan Church for about 50 years. He also was the moderator of the Indian Bottom Association for 20 years.





Elders: London Francis, George Hagans, Noah Adams - Three Elders of the Little Home Church of the Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptist.



London Francis: Born: April 4, 1893  Died: July 7, 1953

George Hagans: Born: June 27, 1880  Died: July 4, 1958

Noah Adams: 







Elders: Perry Cline and George Hagans - Elder Perry Cline of the Sardis Association of Old Regular Baptist and Elder George Hagans of the Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptist.


Elder Perry Cline (December 12, 1881 - October 31, 1962) - He was an Elder in the Pineville District at the time the Association went into the Union Association of Old Regular Baptist and then had a "arm" to organize the Friendship Association of Old Regular Baptist in September 1917.


Elder George Hagans (June 27, 1880 - July 4, 1958) Moderator of the Little Home Church for 37 years. Also Assistant Moderator of the Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptist.


Pictured: Photo taken at the Little Home Church when located at Cody, Kentucky.




Benjamin E. Caudill (January 11, 1830 - February 11, 1889) - Moderator of the New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptist.


In 1850 Elder Caudill joined the Sandlick Church and preached his first sermon in February 1854. When the Civil War came through the mountains of Eastern Kentucky Caudill enlisted with the Confederate Army where he later made the rank of Colonel. After the war in 1865 he settled down in Allegheny County, North Carolina. In 1879 when he moved back to Kentucky he spent most of the decade in the 1880's to attempt to convert Missionary Baptist to the doctrine of the Old Regular Baptist. In January of 1889 he left Clay County, Kentucky, his new home, for a trip into Claiborne County, Tennessee to help organize another church. On his hope to travel home he fell ill and later died at a friends home in February of 1889.







Elder Columbus Cole (?,?, 1863 - January 1, 1949) Moderator of the Kyova Association of Old Regular Baptist. 


 Elder C. Cole was a member of the Bethlehem Association of United Baptist. In the early 1920's Elder Cole and a few churches went into the New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptist. The following year they were granted an "arm" and organized the Kyova Association of Old Regular Baptist

He was the moderator of both the Mt. Calvary and Bethany churches.







Elder Ester Hopkins (April 8, 1892 - November 28, 1962) Moderator of the Sardis Association of Old Regular Baptist.



Elder Hopkins being baptized into the Mt. Pleasant Church of Old Regular Baptist at the hands of Elders John B. Weddington and J.W. Smith. He was one of the members given off an arm from the Mt. Pleasant Church to form the Salem Regular Baptist Church at the mouth of Pond Creek.

He served as moderator of the Sardis Association for over 26 years.







Elder Hayes Maynard (April 1, 1877 - July 31, 1945) Moderator of the New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptist.



Elder Hayes Maynard served as the Moderator of the New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptist from 1928 until his death, being 16 years.

He was also Moderator of the Burning Spring and the Pikeville Churches. Burning Spring being his home church.









Elder David Church (February 1, 1869 - July 4, 1949) Moderator of the Union Association of Old Regular Baptist.



Elder David joined the Cedar Grove Church of the Regular Baptist in 1897 being baptized by Elder Dock Bartley. He served as Moderator of the Union Association for several years. He also served the Bull Creek Church as Moderator for about forty five years.



Photo taken from: Rufus Perrigan's "History of the Regular Baptist"





Elder J.C. Swindall (October 25, 1853 - March 12, 1939) Moderator of the Union Association of Old Regular Baptist.


Elder Swindall was ordained to the ministry on July 19, 1884. He organized the Little Zion Church in 1886 which was in the Three Forks of Powell's River Association of Primitive Baptist. In 1894 the Little Zion Church by letter was received into the Union Association of Old Regular Baptist. The withdraw from the Primitive Baptist into the Old Regular Baptist was due to the doctrine of absolute predestination.




Photo taken from: Rufus Perrigan's "History of the Regular Baptist"




Elder N.T. Hopkins (October 27, 1852 - February 11, 1927  ) Moderator of the New Salem Association of Old Regular Baptist


Elder Hopkins was born in Ashe County, North Carolina. At the age of 6 his family moved to Caney Creek, Pike County, KY. He joined the Joppa Church of Regular Baptist in May of 1874. He was ordained in July, 1877 by a Presbytery composed of William and F.P. Cook and William Cantrill. He was one of two Old Regular Baptist preachers that participated in a public debate, the other being Elder Columbus Cole (pictured above). The Hopkins-Miller debate was on "Feet-Washing" and was held in the Christian Church at Yeager, KY on February 27, 1914. No record could be found on the Columbus Cole's debate, may not have been published. A copy of the Hopkins-Miller Debate is in the library holdings.


He was elected to the State Legislature in 1892 and to the United States Congress in 1894. And to the State Legislature again in 1921.




Elder Joe Hall ( 1868 - 1936 ) Clerk of the Union Association of Old Regular Baptist



Elder Joe Hall joined the Old Regular Baptist at Providence Church at the age of 20. He published the only two periodicals published by the Old Regular Baptist, the Sword and Shield and Old Regular Baptist Newspaper. He preached among the Old Regulars for 46 years. Also clerk of the Union Association for many years.


Elder Joe Hall also served as a teacher, attorney at law in Whitesburg, KY, and elected to the State Legislature of Kentucky.