History of the Palestine Pilgrim Holiness Church

Transcribed by Barbara Dix

A brief history of the Palestine Pilgrim Holiness Church: In July 1925 Sister Mary E. Dice then the Pastor of the Robinson Pilgrim Holiness Church came to Palestine and started a tent meeting with Rev. Floyd Shull as the Evanglist at the close of this meeting services were held in homes until a Mission Hall was rented on South Lincoln St. The Pastors of the Mission were Sister Pearl Rouch. Sister Kate Stinson and Rev. Rollen Cleaver. From this mission they moved to Main St. in a store building. The Preachers here were Sister Alice Head, Rev. Herald(?) Kemp and Rev. and Mrs. O. C. Myers, then Sister Rouch and Rev. Rollen Cleaver were returned as Pastor; in 1937 Rev. R. S. Wheldon came to hold a tent meeting in this meeting money was raised to buy the lot which is our present location. Later the Beckwith Church was bought and moved in and rebuilt on this lot, after 3 years of Rev. Wheldon's ministry Rev. Dwight Horn came and was Pastor for 7 years, while he was Pastor a basement was constructed under the church and a Parsonage was purchased at the close of his service, Rev. S. J. Callaway came as Pastor. This is his 8th year. He has assisted in remodeling and building the new addition we are now to dedicate. The present was made possible by the fine service of Bro. Lester Adams and Bro. Jerrel Adams our good Christian carpenters. Bro. Elmer Wheldon who did the wiring, Mr. Mac Carver and his crew of men as finishers and decorators with Mr. Seaney who sanded the floors and members who donated work. We have received some fine contributions from some who are not members of our church and some who are members. The nice floral offering is from the Watts Green house here in Palestine and from the Gordin Willson Grocery Robinson and from members and friends of the church. We say for all to God be the Glory and thank to you all from the depth of my heart. We have had fine cooperation without contention. That has made the work pleasant and burden light. I might say we are not all completed yet - much to do in the basement.

     Rev. S. J. Callaway, Palestine IL Pastor

P.S. - That is the Church of Christ here at Palestine.


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