The Negro brethren had used the White Enon Church as a place of worship for a length of time. In 1872, they found themselves without a place to worship. Across the road from the White Enon Church was an old school building.
The White brethren gave the Negro brethren the privilege to go into the school building to organize themselves as a church. Some of the early founders were: Brothers Peter Parker, Abe Parker, and John Adams. The sisters were Clara Buffington, Cella Parker, Polly Luck and Pheba Rice. The White brethren who assisted them in the organization were Brothers Johnny Wood, Buford Luck, Noah Kelly and Buck Aldredge. It was stated during the organization that service would be held on every third Sunday in each month. Also, the calling of a pastor would be each third Sunday in October.
Serving in the school building for some length of time was Brother Johnny Wood, who owned all the property lying between the two roads, Enon and Stonewall-Tell. He gave the members the privilege to build a church as long as they used it for worshipping God.
Minister Frank Quarrels of Atlanta and Reverend Jerry Jones helped to organize them into a church. Having no pastor, Reverend Jerry Jones served for three months.
They decided a name for the church, calling it “Bethseda”. After a few years, they changed the name “Bethseda” to “Enon”, its present name. Brother Abe Parker was clerk and also served as a deacon of the church.
Later, they called Reverend A.J. Beavers, who served seven years. Regretfully, he left them without a pastor. Fortunately, they found a minister from Senoia, Georgia who was pastoring in Fairburn, Georgia at that time. He could not give them his full time, so they accepted him to pastor at night and the fifth Sundays only.
Bethseda was a log church built at the corner of the two roads, Stonewall-Tell and Enon. They worshipped there until 1884. They built another church under Pastor J.F. Farmer. In 1893, they built the present edifice under the pastorate of Reverend G.W. Woodson. Brothers J.C. Hornsby, W.A. Swann and Julius Smith were added as deacons and later Will English.
There have been some great preachers who served faithfully as pastors at this wonderful church. They were Reverends R.T. Shell, P.H. Head, O.J. Moore, J.M. Gates, O.L. Pearson, J. L. Lockhart, and Reverends Adams and Newman.
Under Reverend J.L. Lockhart’s leadership in 1950, four deacons were added, namely: Alexander Arnold, William Hornsby, Nathaniel Miles, and Adolphus Smith. (All deceased). Also, the late Mrs. Annie M. Hornsby was appointed as Church Clerk and served faithfully in that position for more than fifty years until her transition, July 2007.
Another great man of God continued to lead the church, the Reverend U.G. Campbell. Following his outstanding leadership, Reverends J. H. Walker and W.L. Reynolds were called as pastors.
For the first time, Enon began to have service on first Sundays, with the late Reverend Mose Howard serving as the assistant pastor in as much as Reverend Walker could only preach on the third Sundays.
In 1976, Pastor Saint John Clark was called to pastor on third Sundays. The late Reverends Ned Howard, J.B. Elder, and Mose Howard served as assistant pastors. Minister Charles Whitaker became a devoted son of Enon.
Four more deacons were added, namely: Lee Howard Cox, the late Alvin Miles, Sr., the late George Miles, and the late Frank Pettway.
Reverend W.J. Clark served as pastor from 1981 to 1992. Under his leadership, the following deacons were added: Harry Austin, Jerry Jones, Roger Jones, the late R.L. King, Alvin Miles, Jr. and the late Byron Terry.
Each pastor continued to bring Souls to Christ and to expand the physical facility.
A New Beginning with Pastor Gregory L. Pollard…
Continuing the rich legacy of Enon is Pastor Gregory L. Pollard who accepted the pastorate in March of 1993 as a full time pastor. He continues to provide aggressive leadership for the congregation and community. Despite his youthfulness, he brings a wealth of ideas and a burning desire to offer a ministry that touches the entire person, both spiritually and physically. Pastor Pollard brought a VISION… a vision that propelled the congregation into the new millennium. Presently, Pastor Pollard’s tenure at Enon has surpassed all other Enon pastors since its inception.
For the first time in the history of Enon, worship service is held each Sunday by the same pastor. On January 6, 2002, an 8:00 a.m. early morning worship service was initiated.
The appointment of deacons continues: Henry Battle, Robert Bell, Eric Collins, Vincent Davis, Victor Kimble, Levy Pettway, Madison Price, the late Willie Reynolds, Evocouis Stanley, Tommy Townsend, and John Tyrus, Jr., who currently serves as coordinator of the Deacons’ Ministry.
In March 2011, after two years of intense training, the following deacons were ordained: Allen Arnold, Johnny Cummings, Thomas Dunn, Eugene Felton, Keith Howell, Charlie Jackson, Jack Millines, Jeffery Palmer.
In addition to deacons, Pastor Pollard has several sons and daughters in the ministry. The Elders are: Dr. Louis Allen, Michael Anderson, Sandra Brown, Michelle Guilford, David Jackson, Dr. Samuel Stinson, William Tate, Charles Whitaker, Calvin Williams and Antonio Wright. Benjamin Clark, Henry Eberhart, Barrett Johnson, Linda Lewis and James Miller are currently pastors. The ministers are: Sandra Battle, Brandon Brown, Michael Brown, Jay Harris, Yolanda Harris, Patricia King, Alvin Miles, Jr., Mary Stanley, Tara Stanley-Clay, Roy Tabor, and Willie Walker. Antonio Wright was the first Youth Minister. Presently, Brandon Brown serves in that capacity.
We can truly say that under Pastor Pollard’s leadership, our membership has increased and more souls are being brought to Christ. Enon extends its mission to Africa where Dr. Gladys Twyman is the first Missionary to establish schools in Nigeria which are supported by Enon Church and Ministries. Pastor Pollard appointed Paquel Austin as the first church administrator to assist with some of the managerial aspects of the church ministry.
Enon can truly boast of its progress made under the leadership of Pastor Pollard who began the tedious process of constructing a new state of the art worship center. In 1996, Pastor Pollard’s vision was to build a larger worship center which was sanctioned by the church populace on October 17, 1997 at a church family meeting.
The Promised Land
One of Pastor Pollard’s greatest accomplishments was the expansion of God’s Kingdom by acquiring 26 acres of land from Mrs. Barbara C. Morrow in January of 1997. On March 18, 1998, the first meeting of the Building Ministry, (the Strategic Planning Committee) was held. Members chosen were Patricia B. Austin, Lee Howard Cox, Elsie Curry, the late Bobby Hornsby, Peggy Howard, Odessa Miles, and Denise Pettway. The late Geneva Howard later joined the committee after Elsie Curry relocated. This committee was led by Pastor Pollard. Later in 1998, as the vision evolved, the congregants proudly watched in awe as Jeffry C. Hone, AIA, the architect, rendered the blueprint and unveiled the vast floor plan of the NEW church. The late Carrie Swanson was the initial financial contributor to Pastor Pollard’s God-given vision. In 2000, the service to dedicate the land back to God was held. The ground breaking service was July 21, 2002.
The Vision Unfolds
With the addition of the 8:00 A.M. Sunday service, January 6, 2002, ministries were added, the membership increased, the community greatly expanded due to the explosion of new homes being constructed. God gave Pastor Pollard confirmation that a new church edifice was definitely needed. It was then in 2002, a more definitive name was added to the church to parallel the vision, Enon Church and Ministries, A Baptist Fellowship.
On Saturday, July 20, 2002, the day before the 130th Church Anniversary, tractors revved up and the fallen trees became the new church site. Through prayer, fasting, strategic planning and negotiations, despite the many set backs due to weather, financial challenges, adherence to city and county government constraints, the construction continued. On October 8, 2003, a celebration took place as the steeple was hoisted atop the new church edifice.
From Vision To Victory
As the vision became victory on July 18, 2004, the 132nd Church Anniversary, the first worship service was held in the new church at the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Shouts and praises to God were echoed throughout the church for bringing ENON this far by FAITH.
The Dedication Celebration, “History in the Making”, was held during the weekend of November 5-7, 2004. The “Closing Ceremony” of Enon Baptist Church was held on Saturday, November 6, 2004 at 10:00 A.M., a very emotional ceremony for everyone. This church had served as the worship place for 132 years.
Following the closing ceremony, a solemn, prayerful march proceeded from the old church to the new church led by ministers, dignitaries, and the devoted members and friends of Enon. After arriving at the new church, the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held, songs of praise were sung, prayers of thanks to God were prayed, and Rhema Words were preached from ministers.
The Doves were released as a symbol of our Mission Statement. Pastor Pollard wanted to ensure that we understood the purpose of our ministry by creating Enon’s mission statement.
The Mission Statement
“We Endeavor to Lift Christ, Seek the Salvation of the Unsaved, Foster Unity of Faith and Promote a More Excellent Way of Living.”
Let The Journey Continue…
Pastor Pollard continues to expand his vision and enlarge our territory. Adhering to the mission statement of “Promoting a More Excellent Way of Living”, the name Enon Church and Ministries was modified to, The Enon Church, in an effort to enhance and reflect the community it serves, not altering the established Baptist doctrines.
The continued growth of the Enon Church must focus on members of the entire Christian Family. Therefore, ministries were organized in several categories: The family: men, women, boys and girls; the youth; the seniors and the outreach ministries.
New/Added Disciples Class
God continues to bring souls to Christ, resulting in an influx of families becoming united with the church. The classes for new/added members are held each Sunday, climaxing with graduation, Baptism, and a Covenant Ceremony. The classes for new/added members teach the Baptist Doctrine, which will enhance their Christian walk with God in their daily lives.
Family First Wednesdays
Wednesday night Bible Study has always been an integral part of The Enon Church. With the organization of the Birth Month Ministry, it has become a family affair. The family comes together every first Wednesday in the month to dine together before going to age appropriate Bible classes. Each Birth Month is responsible for hosting dinner during its birth month. Thus, the name Family First Wednesday evolved. Attendance has increased. Therefore, through Bible Study, we have communion and intimacy with God.
Lunch with the Lord
In an effort to address the concerns and needs of our Seasoned Saints and members who work evenings, “Lunch with the Lord” was implemented on Ash Wednesday 2011. Each Wednesday at noon, there is Bible Study and lunch.