COLDSPRING -- The First Baptist Church of Coldspring recently celebrated its 165th anniversary.
Founded in 1848, the church's history has included a number of important events and persons. Beginning with the Civil War, these events have included eight wars and regional conflicts, a fire that destroyed the the town of Coldspring in 1915, and a later blaze that destroyed church's building in 1949. One of the important historical figures who appears on the pages of the church's history is it's first pastor, Rev. Joseph Warner Dossey Creath, one of the earliest home missionaries sent by the Southern Baptist Convention to Texas, and later a prominent figure in the history of Texas Baptists. Another important figure was General James Davis who originally donated the land for the church and its cemetery. General Davis came to Texas in 1834 and served in the Republic of Texas on the staff of General Sam Houston.
In recognition of its 165th anniversary Governor Rick Perry sent the following commendation to the church:
To all to whom these presents shall come, greetings: Know ye that this official recognition is present to: First Baptist Church of Coldspring on the occasion of its 165th Anniversary.
Congratulations on your church's 165th anniversary. It is indeed time to give thanks and celebrate your rich history and legacy as a spiritual beacon to the Coldspring community. Through times of war and peace, times of hardship and times of prosperity, you have truly shaped and uplifted generations of Texans. Your strength and continued commitment to following the Lord is a shining reflection of your congregation's faithfulness. First Lady Anita Perry joins me in extending best wishes for a continually bright future. In testimony whereof, I have signed my name and caused the Seal of the State of Texas to be affixed at the City of austin, this 8th day of July, 2013. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas.