Bold Springs United Methodist Church, 1874, Grady County

Bold Springs has been called the “Mother of Methodism in Grady County”. The South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church notes: Founded in 1863 by Reverend Robert B. McCord from Walton County, Georgia, Bold Springs United Methodist Church was born in Thomas County, though it is in Grady County as of 2017. “He brought his family, a few slaves, and a love for his church,” reported his youngest son who passed the story down to a grandson. Both the son and the grandson, J. D. McCord, became ministers.

The eldest McCord quickly settled in and looked for a site to build a church. He found a good spring on J. T. Drew’s property about two miles east of the McCord’s home and the Drews deeded four acres to the church. Sometime later, the church built a parsonage on fifty acres deeded by Mr. McCord to the church and the first minister, Rev. P. C. Harris, moved in.

In the 1930s, Miss Bessie Miller urged the church to build a community house. The Woman’s Society of Christian Service raised the money to complete the building and porches.

Once boasting as many as 400 members, the congregation is considerably smaller today, but remains active.

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3 responses to “Bold Springs United Methodist Church, 1874, Grady County

  1. Debra J. Williams

    Hello, I am attaching a photo that my grandmother gave me.  Written on it was “Stidmond May 19, 1990″  As I recall, she told me that is where her mother grew up.  I have searched for this place with no luck finding it.  I have since learned that the name is spelled wrong.  This is what I have learned.  My great grandmother who supposedly grew up there was:

    Rachel Caroline Steadman  B:08 Aug 1889 Georgia  D:02 July 1973 Moultrie, Colquitt, Georgia, USA

    and her father was  John Henry Steadman  B:Jan 1844 South Carolina, USA  D:1909 Crisp Co., Georgia, USA

    In the photo I can see there is a sign or a plaque of some sort.   In 1990, it looks immaculate. So, I have wondered if perhaps this special place has caught your eye.  I am hoping you have better photos of it.

    Thank you so much.

    Debra J. Williams

  2. Elliott Brack

    Interesting that the guy who founded this church is from Walton. There is a community in Walton allied Bold Springs.–eeb

    On Fri, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:55 PM Vanishing Georgia: Photographs by Brian Brown wrote:

    > Brian Brown posted: ” Bold Springs has been called the “Mother of > Methodism in Grady County”. The South Georgia Conference of the United > Methodist Church notes: Founded in 1863 by Reverend Robert B. McCord from > Walton County, Georgia, Bold Springs United Methodist Church was ” >

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