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History of Green Castle Baptist Church
In March 1869, along the banks of the Ohio River, twelve miles east of Louisville, Kentucky, there was an old cabin occupied by Brother Ben Parker. For a number of years, Brother Parker, D. Minor and Jeff Jacobs conducted prayer meetings there. As a result of these meetings, Rev. John Buckner started an old fashioned revival. The revival lasted four weeks.
In that same year, on the second Sunday in June in the locust grove along the banks of the Ohio River, Rev. Buckner preached and baptized 47 converts. Then on the third Sunday in July, 1869, while still in the locust grove, Rev Buckner called the band of 47 together and after preaching “Upon This Rock, I Build My Church”, he organized the Green Castle Baptist Church. The church was named “Green” after the green grass of the locust grove and “Castle” in honor of Sister Castle Parker, the mother of Brother Ben Parker.
Names such as Rev. John Wilhite and Sis. Diana Brookins stand out in the history as being persons instrumental in the construction of Green Castle’s first house of worship. For the majority of its history, Green Castle’s house of worship was located at 7611 Rose Island Road in Prospect, KY. Memories of that facility are very vivid in the minds of many current members, including the various renovations that occurred, the startup of many ministry offerings, and the various pastors.
In April 1982, Rev. James R. Pitts, accepted the call to pastor Green Castle. Under his leadership, church membership grew quickly and so did ministry efforts. It also became clear that the current facility, after many renovations, was becoming overcrowded and limited the ministry efforts of the church. In 1996, the church approved a strategic plan to prepare for its expanding membership and spiritual growth to prepare for the move into the 21st century. The major directive of the plan was the need to expand facilities. In October 2002, after many attempts to expand at its current site, church membership voted to relocate to Murphy Lane in northeast Louisville, KY. It was in the fall of 2005, after a successful capital stewardship plan, that the church began construction of a new physical facility on an 18 acre plot of land it had purchased. In March 2007, with Rev. Pitts leading the congregational march, Green Castle Baptist, “The Church Under The Cross”, relocated and held its first worship service in its new facility.
Rev. John Buckner-March 1869-January 1870
Rev. Charles Turner-January 1870-January 1872
Rev. John Wilhite-January 1872-January 1876
Rev. E.S. Anderson-1876-1883
Rev. William Miller
Rev. George Patterson
Rev. W.H. Craighead
Rev. Ed Richardson
Rev. S.W. Warren
Rev. W.T. Jones
Rev. William Brock
Rev. H. Marshall
Rev. F.K. Armstrong
Rev. E.M. Smith
Rev. Eugene Brooks
Rev. C.W. Vance
Rev. L. Biggs
Rev. Reid Heard (1946-1961)
Rev. James E. Moore (March 1961 - February 1975)
*Rev. A.K. Bennett (February 1975 - May 1975)
Rev. Mack K. Carter (May 1975 - July 1981)
*Rev. A.K. Bennett (July 1981 - April 1982)
Rev. James R. Pitts (April 1982 - Present)