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Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church began in the early 1940s with prayer meetings held in various homes in the neighborhood around Minden, Jose, Martin, and Blanton Streets, with the first being in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Odell Hutley. As the congregation grew, they obtained a building and called Rev. J.H. Homes as the first pastor. The church was named Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church in honor of Mr. John B. Hopper, a member of the congregation.


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Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church began in the early 1940s with prayer meetings held in various homes in the neighborhood, with the first being in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Odell Hutley on Hickory Street. The prayer meetings spread throughout the neighborhood in homes on Minden, Jose, Martin, and Blanton Streets and the gathering grew into a much larger group.

To accommodate the growth of the congregation, the church was able to obtain a building on Minden Street, owned by Mr. Ed McCurry. Rev. J.H. Holmes was called to be the church’s first pastor and Mrs. Sarah Martin was elected as church secretary. Deacons included Mr. John Eaves, Mr. John Broadus Hopper, Mr. Henry Foster, Mr. Lonnie Whitworth, Mr. John Myers, and Mr. Samuel Grier. Elected trustees were Mr. Odell Hutley and Mr. John Bryant. Mrs. Viola Smith was elected the church’s first treasurer.

The building required many repairs, most done by congregation member John B. Hopper. As a result, the church was named Hoppers Chapel Baptist Church in his honor. 

Written by Chavis Gash

Research taken from Hopper's Chapel Website

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Earl Scruggs Center