Saturday, December 29, 2007

This Week in Texas Methodist History December 30

Ike Strickland Founds Church in Montgomery December 30, 1838

Last week’s column told how Jesse Hord left Houston and spent Christmas 1838 slogging through the mud on the way to his circuit to the southwest of Houston. He and Ike Strickland had traveled together from the Tennessee Annual Conference meeting in Huntsville, Alabama to Texas. They parted on December 22 in the bounds of Strickland’s Montgomery Circuit as Hord pressed on to his circuit. On December 30 Strickland organized the Montgomery Church in William Sander’s house.

Strickland’s ministry on the Montgomery Circuit was very brief. In January he accompanied Fowler to accept the gift of land at Robinson’s Campground in southwestern Walker County. Joseph Sneed then arrived as another volunteer for the Texas Mission. Fowler appointed Sneed to the Montgomery Circuit and directed Strickland to assist Hord on the Houston Circuit. Strickland did so from March 1, 1839 until his death on July 2, 1839 at Mary Bell’s house in West Columbia. His body was buried in the Bell family cemetery, but later moved to Chance’s Prairie on the San Bernard.

Strickland’s death and Abel Stevens’ return to the United States in June dealt a serious setback to the Texas Mission. Two of the first volunteers (Ruter and Strickland) had lasted less than a year. Lewell Campbell and Abel Stevens both complained publicly about the attachment of the Mission to the Mississippi Annual Conference. The disincentives for volunteers for Texas in 1839 created opportunities for “home grown” preachers. Daniel Carl, Henderson Palmer, Robert Hill, and Robert Crawford, all of whom had been serving as local preachers, were admitted on trial to the Mississippi Conference in December 1839 and received Texas appointments.


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