After hopping around different churches throughout central Kentucky, in 1958, Cecil Walson discovered the congregation that finally drew him in. An invitation from a friend got him to try First Christian Church one Sunday and more than 50 years later, he can still be found in the pews every week.
"I went to churches all over Clark County, Montgomery County and Fayette County," Walson said. Then he experienced First Christian: "I was impressed."
Apparently, a lot of people are impressed because this Sunday, First Christian will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its current building, located on the corner of Highland and Hickman streets. After a fire destroyed the previous building on Court Street in March 1908, church members moved to the Hickman Street location, where they have been gathering ever since.
The congregation was formed in 1791 in the Strode Station area as Strodes Fork Church and has had several incarnations since then, including a brief stint as a Baptist church and a few name changes. What has remained the same, however, is the church's commitment to the community, and providing what members consider a traditional worship service.