Churches

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These are older or historic churches only.  Some of these no longer exist, and some may have changed names.  The list of current churches is too long to list all of them on this page, so I will limit this list to churches formed before 1900.

African Presbyterian Church (AA) ~ existed in 1884

All Saints Episcopal Church ~ Concord ~ history ~ active by 1877

Bellefonte Presbyterian Church (AA) ~ 8866 Rocky River Road, Harrisburg NC 28275 ~ history ~ organized May 1867

Bethel United Church of Christ (also known as Bear Creek UCC) ~ 18937 Bear Creek Church Road, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124 ~ established 1806

Bethel United Methodist Church ~ original church was located at Depot and Church Streets on South Church Street. Oldest Methodist Church in Cabarrus County, organized about 1783. Meetings were held in the arbor. Camp meetings were held here before the Civil War.  The deed for the land for the first building was dated Oct 17, 1808, between Thomas McCahorn of Cabarrus County, of the one part; Thomas Love, Clabourn Freeman, Alexander McLarty, James McLarty, & John Garmon, Trustees. In 1835, more land was acquired, and a larger building was erected to replace the log structure that had been
used since 1810.

Bethel AME (Zion) Methodist Church (AA) ~ Concord ~ organized in 1872; church built 1893, rebuilt 1957.  The church founders were James Bingham (Bill) Rose, Sr, Peter Harris, Charles Patterson, Alfred Phifer, William Patterson,  and Jerry Hackett. The congregation bought 3 acres from Mr A. M. Cook, located about 1/2 mile from Mt. Olivet UMC near what is know as “Cook’s Crossing.”  A church building and a cemetery was used for 16 years.. In 1888, the church fathers purchased a tract of land on Concord Lake Road, which was known as “Dog Trot.”  The church was completed and cornerstone laid in 1893.

Bethpage Presbyterian Church ~ history  ~ The sanctuary built in 1839 was torn down; the present sanctuary was built in 1956.

Beulah Baptist

Bible Missionary Baptist - Concord, on Parks Lafferty Road

Calvary Lutheran ~ Concord

Cedar Grove AME Zion Church ~ 8193 Flowes Store Road, Concord

Cedar Grove Presbyterian ~ Concord

Center Grove Lutheran ~ Concord ~ active by 1884

Center Grove Lutheran ~ Kannapolis ~ located on Cannon Boulevard (US29) near Sumner and Utah Streets.

Center Grove United Methodist ~ SR200 at County Line Road
[Note: Old Mt. Moriah Church was merged with Asbury Church, and a new church was built in a grove centrally between the two, called Center Grove Church. ~ see this offsite link]

Center United Methodist Church ~ 1119 Union St South, Concord

Central Methodist Episcopal Church South ~ Concord ~ organized 1838.

Coldwater Baptist

Coldwater Lutheran ~ oldest Reformed Church in Cabarrus County. Rev. Samuel Suther was pastor in 1768. 1814 – Coldwater became a union church, Lutheran and Reformed. Lutheran Congregation withdrew in 1843, and the Reformed congregation had a different pastor. 1851- A new church was built a few miles from the original site and called Mt Gilead. 1888- The present church was built and called New Gilead.

Concord Lutheran - Concord. Active by 1877.

Concord Methodist ~ Kerr & Misenheimer Ave  Concord ~ active by 1866.

Concord Presbyterian ~ active by 1866

Concord Presbyterian (AA) ~ active by 1877

Concord AME Methodist (AA) – Concord ~ active by 1872

Concord First Congregational United Church of Christ - 248 Tournament Dr , Concord , est 1913

Cornerstone Presbyterian Church ~ website ~ 401 Pitts School Road SW, Concord

East Bethel Baptist - Concord

Ebenezer AME Zion ~ 

Ebenezer Lutheran - Concord
1872 – Listed, but no name for Pastor

Ebenezer Methodist (AA) – Flows
1884 – _____ Hartry, Pastor

Faith Covenant - Concord

Faith Mission (AA) – 41 Market St., Concord

First Baptist - Concord  Organized in 1886

First Baptist – Kannapolis 

First Baptist Church of Mt Pleasant
8549 Lee Street, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

First Congregational - Mt Pleasant

First Foursquare - Concord

First Presbyterian - Concord ~ Deed exists from Dec 14, 1804.

First Presbyterian Church ~ Kannapolis

Gilmore Chapel AME Zion Church - Founded in 1910, under the leadership of Rev Daniel Graham Gilmore, and a few others who saw the need for a church in the growing Shankeltown and Sidestown communities, they left the Mother Church, Rock Hill AME Zion Church and congregated at various places until a place of worship could be built.
The lay organization of the new church included:  John L Caldwell, and wife Mary Jane, Mr & Mrs Alex Cannon,
Walter Cloud, George Cloud, William H Gillis, Nannine Littlejohn, Gave Littlejohn, and Bessie Douglas.
Court records show that land was purchased in 1910 from Mr W E Calloway.  The church was built at the present
site and was named Gilmore Chapel in honor of Rev Dan Gilmore.

Gilwood Presbyterian

Haynes Meeting House - link to research done by George Thomas on this old church site and cemetery, that was more than likely located in Cabarrus County

Holy Trinity Lutheran - Mt Pleasant, now at Henkelite Cemetery

Howell’s Baptist - page down, short history

Jackson Park United Methodist Church  – 715 Mable Ave, Kannapolis, NC

Lutheran Union - Mt Pleasant
1884 – T Moser, Pastor

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1500 South Main Street, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

McGill Baptist - Concord

Mt. Carmel Baptist - on Gold Hill Road 

Mt Carmel Lutheran - Mt Pleasant
1884 – G F Shaeffer, Pastor

Mt Gilead Lutheran ~
11199 Highway 73 East, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Mt Hermon Lutheran  – Concord 
1884 – S T Hollman, Pastor

Mt Mitchel Methodist - Concord
1872 – E J Bird, Pastor

Mt Olive Lutheran - Mt Pleasant
9400 Gold Hill Road  Mount Pleasant, NC 28124
1884 – W Kimball, Pastor

Mt. Olivet Methodist
~ 301 Mount Olivet Rd., Concord, NC
1872 – T L Triplet, Pastor
Mount Olivet History

Mt Pleasant Church of God
7920 West Franklin Street, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Mt Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran - Mt Pleasant
1877-78 – ____ Davis, DD, Pastor

Mt Pleasant Methodist - Mt Pleasant
1872 – S Leard, Pastor

Mt. Pleasant Pentecostal Holiness Church - Mt Pleasant 

Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church - 1260 North College Street, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

New Gilead Reformed UCC - 2400 Old Salisbury Rd  Concord ~  est 1766

New Hope Baptist - Concord

New Hope (Methodist) (AA) – Concord
1884 – ______ Hartry, Pastor

New Grace Baptist - Concord

Oak Grove Baptist Church ~ 2319 North Mount Pleasant Road, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Oak Grove United Methodist Church ~ 32056 Herrin Grove Road, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Oak Ridge Baptist - Concord

Odell Baptist - Concord

OLD Coldwater Church - Not the present day Cold Water, early beginning of Mt Gilead

Parkers Chapel (AA)- 594 Old Charlotte Rd SW  Concord

Pine Grove Baptist Church - 100 Pine Grove Church Rd, Concord HISTORY

Piney Grove Methodist (AA) – Concord
1884 – _____ Hartry, Pastor

Pleasant Grove AME Zion Church - church history has been traced back to 1884, wherein, it was founded and
established as Balance Chapel AME Zion Church. Thirty six years later, 1920, the old wooden church was rebuilt and
the name was changed to Pleasant Grove.  The pastor at that time was Rev. Barnett.
From 1884-1963 the following pastors have served this church:  Revs Ruth Peekie, Willie Gains, Peter W Wall,
Richardson, Daniel J Gilmore, CC Coleman, D B Dunlap, S A Kiser, and Dr S R Lomax.
In July of 1963 a new church building was built.

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church ~ 425 Mount Pleasant Road North, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Poplar Grove Baptist Church ~ 3476 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027

Poplar Tent Presbyterian - Concord
Early years of the church Rev John Thompson preached under the shade of a large Poplar tree near the spring, which
is a short distance from the present building.
1866 – D A Pinnick, Jr, Pastor

Poplar Tent Zion Methodist 
1884 – D W Smith, Pastor

Price Memorial AME Zion Church - located on the corner of Spring and Cline Sts, Concord, was built in 1895.
Under the leadership of Rev Walter Sides, enough money was raised to build this sanctuary.  Warren C Coleman gave
the land and most of the money for building of the new structure.

Prosperity Lutheran ~ 1884 – R W Petrea, Pastor

Reeves’ Chapel (Methodist) (AA) – 4955 Hambry Branch Rd. Concord
1884 – ______  Hartry, Pastor

Rock Hill AME Zion Church (Zion Methodist) – 3620 Rock Hill Church Rd., Concord
1884 – D W Smith, Pastor    HISTORY:  In 1880, the founders: Brothers Sims, Gilmore and Richard Harris had a vision of an AME Zion church in Poplar Tent area of Cabarrus Co.  On Jan 31, 1881, the trustees were deeded a nine acre tract of land.  Purchased from John R & Margaret Means for $156.00.  The third structure burned in 1890. On Aug 31, 1933 a new sanctuary was completed……….and was renovated in 1963.  In 2006 the old building was demolished and a new church was built.

Rocky Ridge Baptist ~ Heathcliff Rd

Rocky Ridge Methodist - Concord
1872 – D R Praton, Pastor

Rocky Ridge Presbyterian - Concord
1877-78 – L McKennan, Pastor

Rocky River Presbyterian - Concord   est. ca 1755
1755 – log church built on the hill on the south side of Rocky River.
First Pastor – Rev Alexander Craighead  Nov 6, 1758-Mar 12, 1766
1768 – new log church built between the mouth of Black Creek and Reed Creek, 1/2 mile from Back Creek.
Hezekiah James Balch – Pastor  Nov 15, 1769-1776
Robert Archibald – Pastor  Nov 7, 1778-1792
Alexander Caldwell – Pastor  1793-Mar 29, 1797
John Makemie Wilson – Pastor  Apr 30, 1802-Jul 30, 1831
1807 – frame church building 40×65 erected where the grave of Rev Daniel A Pennick (Penick) is located in the
present graveyard.
Daniel Lindley – Pastor   Nov 7, 1832-Apr 4, 1834
Daniel Allen Pinnick (Penick) – Pastor  May 6, 1837-Jan 8, 1870
1859 – The present church building was built.
1866 – D A Pinnick (Penick) – Pastor
Joseph Bingham Mack – Pastor  Aug 12, 1871-Dec 8, 1876
1872 – J B Mack, Pastor – Harrisonburg
1884 – J M Wharey, Pastor  Jun 24, 1876-Jul 26, 1886
1877-78, J M Wharey, Pastor – Harris’ Depot
1888-1893 – John Gray Anderson – Pastor
1894-1896 – Richard Venable Lancaster – Pastor
1897-1899 – Cornelius Miller  Pastor
1901-1908- Robert Junius Hunter- Pastor
1909-1916 – James Lapsley -  Pastor
1916-1931 -Thomas Hugh Spence – Pastor
Noteworthy church items:  First marriage was John Anderson (famous hunter) to a daughter of John Rogers, first settler
of Rocky River.   First burial was James Ross, who drowned in the river near Back Creek.  Buried in the first graveyard
nearby.   First child born in the Rocky River settlement was Joseph Rogers, son of John Rogers.

Second Presbyterian Church (AA) – Concord
1869 – Luke Dorland, Pastor

Sharon Baptist - Concord

St James Lutheran - Concord  Organized June 1843

St James United Church of Christ
1320 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

St James Reformed Church - (same as above?)
1894 – Organized under the direction of Rev Paul Barringer
July 1896 – Church building was dedicated.

St John’s Evangelical Lutheran  – Concord  (also known as Dutch Buffalo Creek Church)
ca 1771 – Under the direction of  Capt John Paul Barringer, the Lutherans separated from the Reformed brethren
and built their own church on a site in the present graveyard.  Daniel Jarrett was the contractor, and the building
committee was Capt Barringer.  The church was built largely from Capt Barringer’s own expense; and a large pew
was built for his family.
during Rev War – Adolphus Nussman first pastor
6 Nov 1784 – Resolution passed to build new building.
July 1785 – new building dedicated; it was called the “Old Red Meeting House”
1845 – Present building was built
1866 – L C Groseclose, Pastor
1872 – L C Groseclose, Pastor
1877-78 – W Petrea, Pastor
1884 – R W Petrea, Pastor
1888 – Church was remodeled

St Martins Lutheran - Bost’s Mill
1884 – T Moser, Pastor

St Paul’s Methodist
1869 – E A Simmons, Pastor

St Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran - Gold Hill
1884 – W Kimball, Pastor

St Stephens Wesleyan Methodist Church 
off of Barrier-Georgeville Rd on Brusharbor Road

Trinity Lutheran - 3747 Trinity Church Rd., Concord – 150 years of Ministry

Trinity Reformed Church - 38 Church Rd NE., Concord   est 1881
May of 1884 – Cornerstone was laid.
1885 – First meeting held in new church
1886 – Dedication sermon preached by Dr G W Welker.
1926 – New building dedicated, Rev H A Fesperman preached the sermon.

Trinity Lutheran - Mill Hill
1884 – W A Lutz, Pastor

Union Methodist - Concord
1869 – R R Pegues, Pastor
1872 – T L Triplet, Pastor
1877-78 – ____ Thomas, Pastor

Zion AME Methodist (AA)- began as Zion Chapel in 1859, oldest African American church in Concord.  Zion Wesley Institute was started to educate church members……later changed to Livingstone College which relocated to Salisbury.Members of this church formed Price Temple, which is now Price Memorial AME Zion Church in 1895.  Then some members of this church started the First Congregational Church in 1902, which is now the First United Church of Christ.  (Concord, a bicentenial sketch – Clarence E Horton, Jr)
1884 – J M Hill, Pastor