New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church (1913 – 2010)
New Ramah Church was located on the southwest side of Ray City, between Park Street and Cat Creek. The primitive baptist church was organized August 30, 1913, and built by four Knight brothers who were the descendants of William A. Knight. Aaron Anderson Knight was called as the first pastor and served until his death in 1925.
Upon the constitution of New Ramah Church, the minutes of the church recorded this initial entry:
State of Georgia, Berrien, Co.
August 30, 1913
By the Goodness of God, now when names are after written, having been Baptized upon a Profession of faith by the Lord Jesus Christ having here to fore been members of different Churches did consent on the propriety of becoming a Constituted body near Rays Mill, Ga.
Believing it to be expedient, finding a fellowship with each other, jointly chosen to set apart this day for Constitution.
Petitioning Salem, Empire, Unity & Pleasant Churches for Ministerial aid as a presbatry (Presbytery) which has granted Eld. I. A. Wetherington from Unity Church, Eld. H. W. Parrish from Salem Church, Eld. A. A. Knight from Pleasant Church, Eld. E. R. Blanton from Pleasant Hill Church and Eld. E. Lindsey from Ty Ty Church were clothed with church authority and gave theyr attenuance and letter of dismission being presented and no deficiency appearing, being sound in the facts and principals of the Gospel, that is to say believing that the scriptures of the Old and the New Testament are the Word of God and contains everything necessary for the faith and practice, Particular the existence of one true God, the fall of Man and his inability to recover himself, God’s savoring [sovereign] choices, of his people in Christ, theyr Covenant head from before the foundation of the world effectual calling purification by the imputed righteousness of Christ alone, The final perseverance of the saints in grace, and eternal salvation in Glory, the duty of baptism by immersion, and the Lords Supper. Thus pronouncing to be upon above principals.
And having this day being the 30th day of August, 1913, been pronounced a Church of Christ in order
having united upon equal terms and here after be called and known by the name of New Ramah Church, and for this end deliberately solemly give our selves to the Lord, and to each other by the will of God, Independent of any religious body or congregation what ever, covenanting and promising each other to live to gether as becomes brethering in Gospel hands for the maintaining of Christian fellowship and gospel discipline agreeable to the holy scripture and as true yoke fellows agreed to stand or fall together in order, for which we do agree to receive, and adopt the following plan of or form of Decorum and Rule of practice.
New Ramah Church
1st – - – - —— —— or Conference shall be —– —– —- —– every member must —- —- —– —— —– —–
2nd Church meetings shall begin and end with Divine worship.
3rd Church members failing to attend two Conferences in succession it shall be theyr duty to make known to the Church the reason of theyr absence at the next conference, and the Church judge of the same, but if the failure happen without the Church having knowledge of there being laudable reasons, she shall have him cited and Judge of such failure.
4th The Pastor of the Church shall preside as moderator when present unless some objections be made in which case the Church shall choose another
5th At the opening of every Conference it shall be the duty of the moderator to invite visiting brethering & Sisters of Sister Churches to seats with the Brethern of this Church, and then make known to the Congregation that a door of the Church is open for the reception of members the proceed to take up all Reference as they stand in order and all business that comes before the Church in order
6th The moderator shall in his Power preserve order, Shall explain and put questions. He shall have an assistant (when present) if needed but in his absence a moderator protem shall be appointed.
7th The Moderator shall have the same right of speech as another member but shall not vote unless the body be equally divided.
8th The Church shall have a Clerk who shall keep a fair record of theyr proceedings and sign theyr order before the Conference rises. Minutes taken by the Clerk shall be read and amended before the conference rises if necessary.
9th In debate, only one person shall speak at the same time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Moderator in an orderly manner.
10th The person speaking shall strictly attend to the subject in debate, shall not reflect on the person that spoke before him by making remarks on his slips, or imperfections, but convey his own ideas.
11th The person speaking shall not be interrupted unless he breaks through these rules. Then the moderator shall call to order if dissatisfied he shall —- the voice of the conference.
12th No person shall speak more than twice to the same proposition till every one choosing to speak has spoken.
The Church minutes of New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church provide the list of male and female members below. Notations next to the names were updated by the Clerk with the status by which the member joined and departed the congregation. Many notations were too faint to be legible for transcription.
B. H. Sirmans
Mary Sirmans Dead
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- George Calhoun Mikell
- Samuel G. Guthrie of Ray City, GA
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