New Ramoth Gilead Missionary Baptist Church
Our forefathers traveled over twenty-five miles each Sunday to Harvey Chapel, now Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, to hear the gospel. Some of them rode in a cart pulled by a horse and others walked in the snow and rain. Deacons Fred Sawyer, Inke White, Charlie Whitehurst, Harry Beasley, and Acoe Griffin decided to build a place closer to their homes to worship. A bush hut was built on the land purchased from Mr. Jerry Sawyer. There were no official signed document; only a verbal promise between Mr. Sawyer and the church officers that this land belonged to the people.
Years passed and the congregation outgrew the bush hut. In 1929, the Ramoth Gilead Missionary Baptist Church was built. Mr. Jerry Sawyer died and his son and daughter-in-law (Drew and Mary) needed money; "This church is built on our land," they said. There was nothing our forefathers could say or do but purchase the land once more and this time papers were notarized. Shortly after 1929, the congregation added the word "New" to Ramoth Gilead Missionary Baptist Church. During this time the deacons and trustees were Joe White, U.S. Wescott, Alexander White, Jordan Jones, and Matthew Beasley, Sr.
The church has been rebuilt and remodeled several times under the leadership of Rev. William Hyder, Rev. J. E. Lamb, Rev. Charlie Patterson, Rev. Nichols, Rev. H.C. Sanders, Rev. J.L Johnson, Rev. Joseph M. Moore (25 years), Rev. Vaughan, Rev. Joseph Wills and Rev. Franklin J. Owens (22 years), Rev. James Collins, Rev. Randolphh Fields, Rev. Dr. Randy F. Skeeter, and presently Rev. Glenn T. Rountree Jr.
When we read Deuteronomy the 4th chapter and verses 41-43 and Joshua 20:38, we will find that Moses set apart three cities of refuge east of the Jordan that the manslayer who kills his neighbor unintentionally might flee to one of them and save his life. One of these cities was Ramoth in Gilead.
"GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of GOD, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most high. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her, and that right early." Psalm 46: 1-5