Dixie Christian Church History
During the summer of 1900, a church building was erected in the Dixie Missouri community. The church was used by both the Christian Church and the Primitive Baptist Church. The church was built at a cost of $1400 and was free from debt due to the helping hands of the church members and community friends.
On July 7, 1901, the members of the Christian Church organized and established the "Dixie Christian church." Rev. Egan Herndon served as the minister. Sam Bush and E.G. Smart were appointed elders and Thomas Herring and Fritz Schreen were elected deacons. Hester Cave served the church board as secretary. The treasurer elected was Thomas Herring.
Protracted meetings were held by various ministers through the years. The meetings often lasted for several days or even up to two weeks. These meetings occured nearly each fall until 1920.
A major event occurred in the life of the Dixie Chrisitian Church on the morning of April 15, 1956. After the woodstove was fired up in preparation for the morning services, the flue cauht fire and the church burned down. The pews, songbooks, Bible and piano were saved from the fire. Church services and Sunday school were held in the Victor School house following the fire.
Groundbreaking services for the new church were held June 17, 1956. The members and friends of the church volunteered their help to work on the new building. The new church building was dedicated June 30, 1957. Dixie Christian Church members still celebrate the love of God within these same brick walls.
Dixie Christian Church has been served by several wonderful ministers. In the latter years, members have enjoyed the Reverends R.E. and Jennie Moore,Dr. Parker Rossman, Reverend Harsh Brown, Chellie Hinshaw and John Gulick. Currently serving Dixie Church is Pastor Steve Nelson.
On November 18, 2005, the Dixie Christian Church was presented the 2005 Rural Church Award by the Missouri School of Religion, Center for Rural Ministry. This award was in recognition of the church's "faithfulness in Christian nurture, evangelistic outreach and prophetic witness." Dixie Christian Church was greatly honored and blessed by this recognition.
There are many activities taking place at Dixie Christian Church. Some of the activities include: weekly church service and Sunday school, youth roller-skating and bowling, the Sweetheard Supper, Sunrise services, Easter morning breakfast, youth group annual pie auction and dinner, Adopt-A-Highway program, annual Ice Cream Social and entainment, the fall hayride and weiner roast, quilt shows, mission trips, Bible School. Bible studies and a Christmas dinner followed by a Christmas play. Dixie Christian Church has a very melodious choir. The Christian Women's Fellowship group is always active with a project. There is never a dull moment at Dixie Christian Church.
We invite you to join our family at Dixie Christian Church. The building may be small, but the hearts of all inside are large. God Bless you.