Kelham Baptist Church

"Strength for Today,

Hope for Tomorrow"


Kelham—Church on the Move, a History by Gene Brewington


Local Mission Stations

by Robert Clinton Howard

Published by the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

(A 28-page booklet written by R C Howard and published in 1946. It contains source material for Gene Brewington's history of missions begun by Kelham up to 1946 as well as guidelines and comments by Howard.)


In 1989, in preparation for Kelham's seventy-fifth anniversary celebration, Gene Brewington, an avid genealogist and amateur historian, wrote a definitive history of Kelham Baptist Church. Working with the pastor, who proofread, fact-checked, and edited, Gene produced Kelham—Church on the Move, a bound volume that was given to all who attended the anniversary celebration.

Billy Tuter, a graphic artist who now works for the Baptist Messenger, scanned old photographs Gene was able to locate. These were manually pasted into the originals; the images are included in PDF files after the page on which they appear. Technology in 1989 was far behind the rapid developments we've since seen. This was a herculean effort on Gene's part, marshalling the resources, writing the chapters on his Windows 3.1 computer in WordPerfect and then translating them for editing and production on an Apple Macintosh in WriteNow. Long hours were spent in this labor of love. Less than twenty-four hours before the celebration, an army of members and volunteers were copying, running to Kinko's, and collating and binding the volumes.

The pastor recently came across these files on an old Mac floppy (400K) and had to do all kinds of computer magic to retrieve them.

The history is available in a chapter-by-chapter format by clicking on the links for each chapter, or alternatively the whole book can be downloaded by clicking on that link.

Gene passed away in July, 2001, and he is sorely missed. His obituary, like most, hits only the highlights of Gene's life.

Clicking on the individual links below will download a PDF file of the original chapter pages, with offsets for binding. Clicking on the link for the whole book will download the complete book in one file. The book is not yet indexed, and with internet sources now available, more information can be retrieved on the individuals and churches described. Gene Brewington would have been, as he would say, "in hog heaven."


  Chapter 1: A New Beginning 


Chapter 2: A Seed Planted 

Chapter 3: God's Man, God's Plan  

Chapter 4: Missions Accomplished!

Missions Appendix  

Chapter 5: A Prince Has Fallen

Chapter 6: Justice, Hall, and a Move


Kelham Church on the Move (complete)

Kelham Baptist Church

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12605

3400 N. Meridian Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK   73157
Telephone: (405) 946-9826
Fax: (405) 946-9826

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