First Providence
Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 279-8836

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Church History (Continued)

First Providence honors our church's First Lady, Linda Pope.

Our 8th and current Mother of the Church Sister Tessie Wingfield, served as church clerk for 48 years.

Since 1988, deserving members of the church have been set aside and named Man of the Year, Woman of the Year and Black History Honorees:

Man of the YearWoman of the YearBlack History Honorees
1988Benjamin AndersonBernice NorrisNelson Wingfield, Sr.
1989Sam Parker Flora BirtW.B. Coleman
1990Williams H. WilliamsTessie WingfieldJerry L. Cannon
1991Frank DonahueMary W. Bright
1992Sebastian Green, Sr.Mildred Stringer
1993Jerry L. CannonRosa B. CarterRocelia Daniels
1994Wyatte BrownCynthia Green
1995Mitchell N. StokesJuanetter Aaron
1996Alexander Pope, Jr.Pamela Wise

First Providence produced the first Black Railroad Engineer, the late Deacon Nelson Wingfield, Sr. Deacon Wingfield retired in that position from the Southern Railroad in 1970.

The first Black manager for Merry Brick and Tile Co., Deacon John H. Jones is also a member of First Providence.

From our membership also comes the first Black to receive a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, Sister Teresa R. Bright.

Sister Mary Harden Wright brought to the church the idea of Woman's Day some forty years ago. This was an annual affair which was held each year in October.

The first president of the North Augusta Community Association, church member Sister Mary W. Bright was recognized by President George Bush for her community efforts. Sister Bright is the church's first Library Coordinator, the first Nursery Coordinator and the person responsible for bringing the idea of Vacation Bible School to the church more than 30 years ago.

Our Pastor, Alexander Pope, Jr., was elected to his second term as Moderator of the Mt. Canaan Baptist Association, Inc., during their 1996 Annual Session. Also during that Session, the Association organized an Ushers Convention (the first in it's 118 year history), with it's first elected President Mitchell N. Stokes, a Deacon at First Providence Baptist Church.

We have come this far by faith and through God's sustaining power we will continue to press toward the mark of the high calling and "to God be the Glory."

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