Bellevue Christian Church is founded.
Bellevue Christian Church
builds its first building.
Fire burns the Bellevue Christian Church building.
Bellevue Christian Church dedicates
the existing sanctuary, and Christian Women's Fellowship begins weekly meetings.
Fellowship Hall is added to the sanctuary.
The first full-time minister is called.
Office and classrooms are added
to the church.
The steeple is added atop
Bellevue Christian Church.
Bellevue Christian Church is recognized
as one of the fastest growing
small to mid-size churches
in the denomination.
Rennovation of kitchen, restrooms, and Fellowship Hall
1832 is the earliest recorded date of the original Christian Church in the old Ninth District of Davidson County. The first congregation was located in the area known as Linton or South Harpeth. Lintons, Allisons and Joslins were prominent families on the church roll. Alexander Campbell preached at the church for a short time and baptized a many converts. Some of the converts were great-grandparents of those who have told church stories that were passed down to them. Among these were the Newsom and Howe families, along with other pioneers who moved to the West of Nashville.
In 1854 two congregations sprang from the original group: one making Pasquo its home, now the Pasquo Church of Christ, and the other congregation becoming the Bellevue Christian Church. A small frame church was built on the DeMoss' land near the old Toll House, but it burned after forty years. The fire started from an overheated stove following services in the winter of 1894. This catastrophe served as a challenge to the congregation. The DeMosses, Hardings, Carters, Baughs, Bradfords, and other families accepted the invitation of Mrs. B. A. DeMoss to use the Masonic Hall (built in 1850 and still being used by the Masons) for church services. Sunday School classes and morning worship services continued there with a minister being present to preach once a month. Sometimes on Sunday afternoons in the summer, especially when a revival was in progress, additional services were scheduled. Baptismal services were held at the creek that flows across the street in front of the present church and then later at Morton's Mill Creek.
In 1906, when "Maplerow" was built, Dr. and Mrs. A. I. Myhr moved to Bellevue and became very much concerned about there not being a church building in which the community could worship. As a result of the cooperation of members, under the strong leadership of George H. Harding, elder, and Dr. A. I. Myhr, executive secretary of the Christian Churches of Tennessee, the new church (now our sanctuary) was built. It was built on land donated by Dr. Abe Bradford with additional land purchased from Mr. Leonard McKeand. Mr. Wilson Thompson was in charge of construction, and Joe Redd was the stone mason for the foundation. The church building was dedicated on November 5, 1917. Dr. Carey E. Morgan, pastor of Vine Street Christian Church, spoke in the morning, and Dr, James E. Stuart, pastor of Woodland Christian Church (now "Eastwood") preached in the afternoon. An elaborate picnic lunch was served on the church lawn. The Methodist congregation and the Christian Church joined hands for ecumenical services at Thanksgiving and Easter. The young peoples' meetings on Sunday evenings were often alternated from church to church. In 1967 several acres adjacent to Bellevue Christian were purchased, making a total of seven and a half acres of land available for possible expansion in the future.
In 1956 the present fellowship hall was added to the sanctuary. Four Sunday School classes were held there, while four classes met in the sanctuary. Often, in warm weather, one or more classes moved out to the yard. In 1980 the church's west wing was completed. A. I. Myhr, Jr., and John Cowden, Jr., were the trustees who oversaw the planning and prudently supervised finances for the addition. Many church records have been faithfully kept and deposited in the Disciples of Christ Historical Library on 19th Ave. S., in Nashville. As of 1980, Christian Women's Fellowship had been meeting monthly, with very few exceptions, since November of 1917. Vacation Bible Schools were held in the summers as a means of religious education and recruitment. Distinguished ministers from far and near have occupied the pulpit, and students from the Vanderbilt Divinity School have served as interns and been employed as pastors in the past. The first full-time minister was appointed in 1974.
When Bellevue, a rapidly growing suburb of Nashville, emerged from being a rural village, the Bellevue Christian Church likewise was somewhat transformed, and great hopes for the future were apparent. The ministers and members of the past can be proud of what is taking place now, and they should feel amply rewarded for their contributions, difficult as they may have been. From the little brown church in the wild-wood, the Bellevue Christian Church has become a fixture at the corner of Old Harding Road and Colice Jeanne Road. Ever faithful and dedicated, the members and ministers of Bellevue Christian Church continue the traditions of service and outreach to this day.