ThewrittenchurchhistorycurrentlyavailablewascompiledbythelateChurchHistorian AudryS.Davis.It waspreparedmanyyearsagobasedupontherecollectionsofoneofouroldestmembers,Mr.Alexander McCoy, now deceased.AsrelatedbyMr.McCoy,SandyRidgeBaptistChurchwasconstructedduringslaverytime.Itsfounder, “UncleJoeRatliff”ashewascalled,pastoredherefromthetimeheconstructedthischurchuntilhisdeath in1920.ItisourbeliefthatUncleJoepastoredatthischurchforforty-fiveyears.Tothebestofour knowledge, this church is approximately 165 years old.AtthetimeRev.Ratliffbuiltthischurch,healsobuiltMt.Level,MadisonGrove,andTimmonsville Churches.Rev.RatliffwasalsothefirstModeratoroftheBlackZionAssociation.Hewasappointedtothispositionbyhiswhiteslave master, who was at that time the Moderator of the only Zion Association that existed.The ministers who have served this church since its beginning on the register are:•Rev. Joe Ratliff: founder•Rev. Bullard•Rev. Jim Little•Rev. Alsbrook: He did not complete his term of office. It was completed by his successor.•Rev. Jim Ellerbe: Completed the term of Rev. Alsbrook, serving until the association met, at which point a new pastor was appointed.•Rev. Nelson: He did not complete his term.•Rev. Jim Horn: Replaced Rev. Nelson and served until the association again met and made a new appointment.•Rev. Johnson•Rev. Burl Sturdivant: Was released at the end of his term.•Rev. W.M. Allen•Rev. McManus•Rev. Joshau Diggs•Rev. Malloy: Died while in office, and his term was completed by a successor.•Rev. J.H. Ferguson: Was appointed by the association to complete Rev. Malloy’s term.•Rev. Worth•Rev. Fairley: He did not complete his term. Various ministers filled in until a new pastor was appointed.•Rev. J.E. Chambers: He asked to be released before his term expired.•Rev. Amos Chandler: Pastor until November 1974, when a new pastor was appointed.•Rev. W.H. Sturdivant: Served as pastor until July 2014. Was bestowed the title of Honorary Pastor until his death, June 20, 2018.•Rev. Vashon Ingram: Appointed October 4, 2015, as pastor.Church Clerks of this church, in order of service rendered are:•Tom McCoy: Served as the first church clerk.•Joe Waring•Michael Waring•Katie Bennett•Elijah McCoy•Charlie Davis, Jr. (until April 2018)•Vera S. Cash (beginning April 2018)WhenRev.J.H.Fergusonwaspastor,itwasdecidedanewchurchwasneeded.Thischurchwascompletedin1958.In1975,the churchwasfurnishedwithnewpewsandcarpet.Atalaterdate,newwindows,aswellasairconditioningwereadded.OnOctober21, 1984,at2:30p.m.,theSandyRidgeMissionaryBaptistChurchFellowshipHallwasdedicatedonourchurchanniversary,withRev. WadeGatewood,duringtheservice.ThroughcooperationandcontinuingourworkwithGod’sguidance,wewillalwaysfeelproudofthe pastandpresenthistoryofSandyRidgeMissionaryBaptistChurchanditscommunity.Mayourfuture,underGod’sguidance,beeven more fruitful than our past.
Sandy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church
Morven, North Carolina
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