We have a rich history of which we are very proud.

Our history continues to inform us as to where God is moving in our midst presently and it inspires us to move into the future with hope.

Timothy George's 1983 History of CHBC

Crescent Hill Baptist Church, An Historical Overview

Continuing History of the Church

This is a continuing history of the church written by John Arnett. Additions and corrections are welcomed. Send to arnettj1@gmail.com.


Timeline generated John Arnett. Corrections are welcomed.

Centennial Video

Produced May 2008 by Dr. Andrew Rawls
Narrated by Rick Forrest

Additional Resources


Including Dale Tucker’s explanation of building symbols

Andy Rawls' 100th Anniversary Video Script

The script for the 100th anniversary video of the church’s history, produced by Dr. Andy Rawls.

History of the WMU & Other Details of CHBC

Blanche Goetzman’s 1988 history of the WMU and church

Women's Retreat History

25th anniversary in 2004

"Women in Ministry" History

This is a chronology of the history of ordination of women in Baptist life, especially with reference to the SBC and the role of Crescent Hill Baptist Church in the movement. Our thanks to Reba Cobb who was present at the beginnings in 1983 and who has preserved much of this history.

Youth Alumni

These are persons who spent time as youth at the church even if they later dropped out or moved away.

Refugee Ministry — Karen and Others

A YouTube video produced by Steve Clark and Annette Ellard featuring the Karen church members

Staff of Crescent Hill—A Partial History

This list is evolving and other names will be added as more research is done.

Lay Leaders at Crescent Hill—A Partial History

This list is evolving and other names will be added as more research is done.

Instrumental Musicians

Partial listing by instrument of those who have contributed to the instrumental music of Crescent Hill Baptist Church over the years.

A Sampling of the Musical, Dramatic & Visual Art Productions

Partial listing of various dramatic, musical and visual art productions/exhibitions over the years.

Crescent Hill Authors and Hymn Writers/Musicians

Partial listing of publications by members of CHBC over the years.

Advent Meditations Index

Index to contents of all CHBC Advent Meditations since 1975

In Memoriam

Partial list of names of the “great crowd of witnesses” noted in the yearly May memorial service.

(See alphabetical listing of the names on these pages.)

Seminary Connections

Through the years the church benefited greatly by its close connections with the seminary. This is a partial listing of some of the faculty and staff who’ve been a part of the congregation and church community. In recent years the church and seminary have drifted apart ideologically and currently there are no active staff or faculty at Crescent Hill.

Art Spirit

This section is dedicated to the memory of members of the great Brotherhood and Sisterhood of artists who have already passed on including: Sam Adams, Walter Wendell Arnett, Jack Bootes, Dwight Cobb, Herman and Bee Corbett, Ruth Ford, Louise Goff, Jenny Goodhue, Martha Hinson, Jack Miller, Tom Scott, Johnnie Sherwood, Raymond Wieland, and a host of others.
There is also a gallery of links to photos of some of these art works.

Memorial Bricks

The Memorial Garden, dedicated Nov 1, 2009 on All Saints’ Day,  has a walk in which people have placed bricks with names and inscriptions to memorialize persons and events.  The list below contains the inscriptions on the bricks with a corresponding identification number and the name of the person or group who donated the brick.  At the bottom of this page is an alphabetical listing by the donor and the identification number of the brick or bricks that person or group donated.  Janet Miller has been the person ordering and installing the bricks.  Thanks, Janet.

CHBC Veterans

Many people connected with CHBC (members or relatives) have served in the U.S. Armed Forces over the years, and we honor them each year on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.  This is a listing gleaned from various church records of those who have served.  If there are additions or corrections, contact John Arnett (arnettj1@gmail.com)  

In addition to these there are many from our church who served in the Peace Corps or Americorps and others who were Conscientious Objectors.  At the bottom of the list are the names of some of these individuals.