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Welcome to Maple Springs Baptist Church. We desire that our website will provide you with the information you’re looking for and a picture of our church community. Whatever your age or stage of life, we believe you’ll find a home here at Maple Springs. We are located in Louisburg, the heart of Franklin County, North Carolina. If this is already your home, we would ask that you take an opportunity to visit our church. If you are outside our community and looking for a friendly place of worship, we believe that our ministry is worth the distance.
Maple Springs Baptist Church has a rich heritage of reaching out to the community and beyond, since its founding in 1773. We believe that the Bible is the foundation for our ministry and God gives us strength to serve. Located in Louisburg, NC Maple Springs is in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention and a part of the Tar River Baptist Association. We would love to have you visit our church and meet our church family!
Maple Springs Baptist Church History
Maple Springs Baptist Church was organized July 15, 1773 at the request of the people of Mapleville under the direction of Rev. William Lancaster. The members met under a bush arbor to elect their first deacons, Jacob Jones, Elishu Denby, and Josiah Ely.
Mr. Jacob Jones donated the land to hold meetings that this first body of believers would call Maple Springs Baptist Church, since there was a spring under the shade of a large maple tree on the property. For a time members met under a bush arbor until a small frame building was constructed on the property by its members. The hand carved pulpit stand made for this original structure by Mr. Ealie Lankford is still in use today.
Maple Springs Baptist Church was fully constituted in July of 1793 and joined the Kehukee Association. Years later in the 1930’s Maple Springs became a charter member of the Tar River Baptist Association under the leadership of Rev. Thomas Cocker who served at the church for 22 years. During this time the Pulpit Bible was placed in the church.
Other ministers of note through its first hundred years were N.A. Purefoy, G.M.L Finch, Dr. William Royall, C.E. Taylor, George W. Newell, Elijah F. Beachum, Baylus Cade, and George M. Duke. Pastors Finch and Royall were pastors during the War Between the States. Rev. Newell and his son, Hodge, moved the large cut rocks by ox card that presently line the church springs today. The spring refreshed thirsty church members and their horses before and after services. Horses and carriages were tethered in the shade many ancient oaks on the church grounds. Many present members remember the large tether rings which were completely “ingrown” and completely disappeared into the large oaks before these trees were removed because of age and disease.
In 1858 the present church building was erected. The whitewashed clapboard structure had electricity installed in 1935 and in the 1940’s seven Sunday school rooms were added and the church was brick veneered. The old balcony, where slaves who sometimes accompanied their masters to church sat, is still preserved as it was originally constructed. Black church members were led to start their own church after the War Between the States. Most Blacks moved their membership to their newly formed church; however, some remained faithful members at Maple Springs until their deaths. Nelson’s Chapel, located on road 1602 just off Highway 56, still serves the Black community of believers today.
The most prominent pastor of Maple Springs at the close of the 19th century was Rev. George M. Duke. He was pastor of Maple Springs for almost 40 years. He served as pastor of several other churches in the Tar River Association. In fact, Maple Springs Baptist Church was the mother of Cedar Rock, Hickory Rock, Duke Memorial, and Louisburg Baptist Churches. After Rev. Duke’s death in 1918 a group of ministers referred to as “The Wake Forest Boys” served the church. These included W.B. Morton, B.E. Morris, Ira S. Harrell, Sankey L. Blanton, J.S. Hopkins, and J. Clyde Yates.
Over 150 years ago, the first school grew out of a small education endeavor of the church. A school building was constructed on the property of Ms. Mary Williams. Later, a larger structure costing about $2000 was built on a four acre sit on the Uzzell property. This building remained in use until it burned November 4, 1929.
After Rev. Bill Gordan, who served in the late 1940’s came a number of “Seminary men”: Wiley C. Guthrie, John Grant, C.H. Norris, J. Parker McLendon, Bufford Raffield, Marvin Bass, Melvin Salter, A.J. Conyers, and Forrest Gale. During the stay of Rev. Raffield the pastorium was completed and Rev. Salter oversaw the dedication of the educational building made possible through the generosity of Mort Harris in memory of his parents, Clyde P. and Annie Fleming Harris.
Finishing out the 20th century, pastors Michael C. Brooks, Grady Edwards, John Butler, Tom Cabiness, Steven Loftis, Paul Lloyd, Jerry Hicks, John Daugherty, and Jay Tilley served terms in the pulpit. During this time the church initiated an aggressive fund raising effort which resulted in the building of the present fellowship hall addition.
Today we worship under the leadership of Rev. Jason Havens. Under his guidance and direction we strive to continue, as in the past, to honor and glorify the name of Christ. As we share the word with the 21st century world, Maple Springs seeks to continue its rich traditions while adapting to a changing world in order to effectively bring others to Christ. Our future is filled with limitless possibilities. Will you be a part of our history?