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Our Church of Christ Heritage

by Steve Clark

This Thanksgiving I began to think about the heritage of those of us who grew up in the Kentuckiana Churches of Christ. I am sure that all of us had our favorite teachers and preachers, and those men and women had a profound effect on our lives.

     Some of those that had a great impact on me were Bros. Hall Crowder, Earl Mullins, C. V. Wilson, Nathan Burks, Robert Boyd, Billy Ray Lewter, Vernon Lawyer, John Mengelberg, and Sis. Mona Belle Campbell.  I also remember looking forward to the Monthly Youth Rallies, where the young people from all the area churches got together on a Sunday afternoon.  As a young boy I remember looking up to the “older” organizers, Bros. Mike Sanders and Terry Morrison.  Does anyone remember the “stuffed skunk” that they gave away to the church having the fewest attendees at the rally?  (It is strange that I don’t remember what the “top” church received!)  The Bible Drill Competition also intrigued me, and I remember memorizing lots of verses to be ready for the questions.

     Each summer I couldn’t wait to get to Woodland Bible Camp, where I met hundreds of campers.  I heard more great teachers like Bros. Elmer Ringer and Orell Overman, and I made friends with nearly every member of the Pound family.  Back in Louisville, I don’t think I missed a single monthly roller-skating event, from the early days in the downtown “Armory” to the later years at Robben’s Roost in Buechel.  And while I didn’t play a lot of softball, I always wanted to attend the inter-church games at the Brooklawn Children’s Home ball field.

     Growing up, did you ever wonder why these Christian men and women worked so hard and spent so much of their time to make sure that the teaching and the events continued every month?  They knew that the lessons we would learn, and the Christian friendships we would develop could last for a lifetime, and they were willing to sacrifice their time and energy to make that happen.  We owe them a great debt, and we should consider how we might be able to do the same for a new generation in Kentuckiana, AND in the Philippines! 

-Steve Clark

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