The first Christian church organized in Bowling Green and is also one of the oldest churches in Warren County, KY.
*From Cecelia Memorial Presbyterian Church website:
Cecelia Memorial Presbyterian Church formerly Cumberland Presbyterian, had it's
beginning around 1868. It was organized in the home of Dave and Cecelia Lillard.
In 1926 the church united with The Presbyterian Church, and changed it's name to
honor it's patroness, Cecelia Lillard. Mrs. Lillard had been born a slave, in
Virginia, she and her husband, Dave were brought to Bowling Green by their
owners, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Briggs Wright. Later, after receiving their
freedom, they bought a small home, where the church was formed. Mrs Lillard, or
Mother Cecelia, as she was affectionately known, was a very blessed lady, and
lived to be 107 years old. We are thankful for every sacrifice she and her
friends and family made, that allow us now, to worship with our little church
family. We may be small in number, but you won't find a church with a bigger
The original church was built in 1845 and sold to the Cumberland Presbyterians in 1892. The Cecilia Presbyterian church, however, still meets at the same church building today.