Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Counseling and Guidance

Degree Discipline



The purpose of this study is to provide for the first time, a historical account of The Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church,(a Protestant Church), from its earliest beginnings through its first forty-four years, and to site some of its contributions and future outlook.

The purpose stated above can best be shown after having studied the role of the church, the church records, newspaper clippings, church bulletins, and church newsletters. Added to these have been many long conversations and interviews with members, former members, long-time residents in the community, the pastor, the heads of several government projects. Some interviews were planned and some were not.

The writer's scrapbook, records, tapes, personal experiences, and recollections, have also been of material aid.

The writer was a frequent visitor to the church in the evenings for five years. The writer moved into the community in 1937 and joined Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church that same year. She worked diligently with the B, T, U. and Sunday School as a teacher and sponsor of religious plays for special occasions for seven years prior to her marriage in 1944. After a short stay out of the state, she returned and continued to work in the church and assumed a leadership role as sponsor of a newly organized group of boys and girls under the title of The Carol Choir for children under ten years, and as a Sunday School teacher.

A much needed church sprang out of the desire of people within the community to have a religious ministry for themselves and their children.

Committee Chair/Advisor

R. E. Carreathers

Committee Member

Brenda Evans


Prairie View Agricultural And Mechanical College


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Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View





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