Cottonwood Baptist Church
Marker Text: This congregation was founded by a group of German speaking families who had moved from the Washington county area to rich farmlands of Falls county. The organizational meeting was held March 4, 1884, at the home of Anton Wittner. Fifteen charter members named their congregation the German Baptist Church of Cottonwood.
For four years, worship services were held in the members homes, in 1888. During the ministry of the Rev. F.J. Gleiss, the congregation's first full-time pastor. A church building was constructed. Additional, larger facilities were built over the years to accommodate the growing membership.
During World War I, the German church was suspected of hiding arms in the sanctuary loft, despite the members' support of the war effort. In 1930 the congregation began a gradual transition from services conducted in German to those led in English.
Renamed Cottonwood Baptist church in1945. The congregation provided significant service and leadership to the residents of this area throughout its history. descendants of some of the original German families continue to worship here. (1984)
Marker No: 1082
Aluminum 27 x 42 Subject Marker
Geographic: 31.346373, -97.131508
Location: from Mooreville, take FM 2643 north about 3 miles