Broad Street Church of Christ is celebrating the church’s 136th year of continuous existence with a special day of activities on Feb. 23.
Broad Street Church of Christ was started in Scottsboro in 1884 by Dr. Jack Rorex, a dentist, who was one of the earlier members of the Stevenson Church of Christ. Rorex made an appeal through the Gospel Advocate Magazine published in Nashville, Tennessee for a minister to come and conduct a gospel meeting. James A. Harding, co-founder of David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, answered the appeal; and in January of 1884, the first service was held. In the latter part of that year, J. W. Sheppard, of Kentucky, conducted a second meeting. The church has been here continuously since January 1884.
In 1886 the first building was erected just off the square on Peachtree Street. James A. Harding was the first minister. In 1950 a new building was erected on the corner of Broad and Charlotte. This building went through several expansions over the years, and in April 1979, the last renovation of the building was completed.
Among the ministers who have preached for this congregation in the past are James A. Harding, A. B. Lipscomb, W. R. Craig, G. L. Mann, Jack Wilhelm, Lindsay Allen, Paul Kidwell, Sr., W. A. Black, Charles Cobb, Charles Curtis, Butch Foster, and Johnny Mack Young. Broad Street Church of Christ’s present minister is Terry Broome, who has been the minister since 2002.
On Sunday Feb. 23, in addition to morning classes at 9 a.m. and worship at 10 a.m., there will be a potluck lunch followed by a 1:00 worship service. At 2 p.m., the church will host an area- wide Gospel Singing.
Broad Street Church of Christ would love for its many friends in and around Scottsboro to join them for the 1 p.m. service and the 2 p.m. singing. Broome said he hopes members of the community will attend and sing praises with them.