The Washington Street congregation traces its earliest history to around 1835 when the McKinney and Goodrich families moved to Fayetteville and having been influenced by thinkers in the American Restoration Movement, they began the work of establishing a congregation here. As far as is known, this congregation met and grew until the Civil War erupted and caused many to scatter.
In 1864 the congregation was revived and built a building on our present site at the corner of Washington Street and Franklin Avenue in 1870. We have met continuously since that time, rebuilding twice—once in 1890 and again in 1952 after tornadoes destroyed those two church buildings. Other additions have been added through the years to enhance our ministry capabilities but our rich history is truly defined by the great men and women of faith who have been members of this congregation and by the God whom we serve.
Today, we stand on the shoulders of this great “cloud of witnesses” who have served God’s purposes in their time and passed that responsibility down to us. We look forward to a great future as we continue to seek, serve and share Christ with Fayetteville, greater Lincoln County and the world.