Some Religious Groups

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Some Religious Groups


Among the religious groups in Madison County are those known as The Church of God. The oldest of these is the Four Mile Avenue congregation which was organized around 1935. Some 12 years later the First Church of God was begun on the old Black property at Third and Moberly.

The Episcopals worshiped in Richmond first in 1871 in a white frame church at the corner of West Main and Tates Creek Avenue. The present location was purchased from the Baptists and the building was erected in 1887. Its stained glass windows came from Europe and are nationally famous. Christ Episcopal recently remodeled the entire building, which is the oldest house of worship in Richmond.

The Union Church of Berea was founded by John G. Fee in 1853 and is now in its eighth location. The membership is mostly made up of Berea College faculty and students. Fee himself withdrew because the Union Church would not adopt total immersion.

The Roman Catholics operated in Madison County from its early days via traveling priests from Bardstown and Lexington. In 1856 these priests operated mission stations at Richmond, Rogersville and Boonesborough. In 1865 a small frame church was built on West Main Street. In 1887 the Richmond mission was under the Winchester parish. In 1906 the Catholic church burned and in 1908 the present stone edifice was constructed. St Marks purchased land in 1953 and opened an elementary school in the 1960’s. Catholics built in Berea in the 1950s.

Christian Science was operated as a organized faith in Madison County since around 1915. Its meeting house is on North Second Street.

The Church of Christ has been in its location on Baker Court since the early 1950s. It was late in arriving in Richmond and drew many of its members from the local Christian churches’ congregations. Dr. Noel B. Cuff was a guiding light in the formation of this group.

There are other religious congregations in Madison County. These are merely some of them.


Dr. Fred Engle




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Dr. Fred Engle, “Some Religious Groups,” Madison's Heritage Online, accessed May 26, 2022,