Bartlebaugh Baptist Church

Bartlebaugh Baptist Church - 1940

Bartlebaugh Baptist Church has a rich past and a glorious future.  This "hallowed ground" stands as a monument to the vision of a preacher and people who lived many years ago.  Here Reverend John Bartlebaugh labored, and grateful people gave his name to the church and community.  Within eight miles of Chattanooga, Chickamauga Lake now covers most of what was once Bartlebaugh.

The present building site and cemetery belonged to the Champion family.  The United Brethren began a mission in which both Methodists and Baptists took turns holding services.  The Baptists acquired the site and building in 1926.  In 1964 the church bought nearly four acres of land directly across Old Harrison Pike.  The first building, now over 100 years old, is presently bricked into the sanctuary.  Around 1952 an education annex was built.  In November, 1969, ground was broken for the children's building which was completed in March of 1970.

With many of the descendants of people who once lived in Tennessee River bottom lands and new members from growing subdivisions, the membership aims to carry on the work of Christ begun by it's first preacher and pastor.
Taken from the 1970 church directory.

Bartlebaugh Bible School 1940's

Church Members 1920's
Houston Ellis; Mrs. Champion; Marion Foster; Alta Hawkins; Annie Bush; Armeda Belcher; Rubye Watkins; Leola Bush;Mary Leamon;  Mr. Reubin Smith

Submitted by Susan Kendall