Hollies Baptist Church was built in 1790 and was originally called the Pungoteague Meeting House.
Hollies first pastor, Elijah Baker, was described as "rough and ordinary and obviously no more educated than any of the rest of them." "He preached loudly and excitedly. He was overflowing with the Spirit. And when he was finished preaching, that was enough for most of the listeners. Ministers after all were not rough uneducated men who preached outdoors on tree stumps." But a few were strangely affected by this man and his excited religion.
Today, following in the footsteps of Elijah Baker, we strive to 'preach loudly and excitedly' about Jesus overflowing with the Spirit and maintaining that same simple faith of Elijah Baker.
This church, established by him in 1790, has a very long, proud history and we praise God that we are still seeing the scripture fulfilled which reads, "But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (I Corinthians 2:9).
Here are a few pictures of the history of Hollies, please enjoy.
Inside the sanctuary, August 1958
Children singing long ago, can you find yourself or someone you know?
Hollies Ladies not too long ago...