Keeping history alive

Published 1:37 am Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A church that is more than 150 years old brought together families and friends during an annual reunion and homecoming. Jenkins Church, located in Cumberland County, was first established in 1805 as Cumberland Baptist Church. The church’s current building was erected in 1857. The majority of the participants of  the reunion were descendants of the Rev. Joseph Jenkins, who founded and pastored the church. Participants shared a hearty meal, heard a sermon from the Rev. Woody Wood and enjoyed acoustic music and song from Katie Hoffman and Brett Tiller. The church has experienced renovations recently for its foundation, but is experiencing leakages from its roof among other issues. To learn more about the church or how volunteers can help keep the church’s history going, visit the church’s Facebook page at and email organizer Gail McClure at Those participating in the reunion are, pictured from left, Susan Robbins, Angie Pell, Luke Fleischman, Hoffman, Maria Baber, Peggy Mador Johnson, Tiller, Catherine Fleischman, Marina Jenkins, Aster van Haaften, Bobby Jenkins, Rene Jenkins, Eddie Jenkins, Brad Smith, Laura Smith, Dan Sharkley, Ann Maner, Rene van Haaften, Marinda van Dalen, Cleo van Haaften, Gail McClure, Kim Short, Earlene Didlake, Caroline Munnings, Crystal Munnings, Roger McClure, Topher Munnings, Chris Munnings and Steve Bush.

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