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Sweet Home Free Will Baptist Church
Summit, Mississippi

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The History Of

Sweet Home Free Will Baptist Church 

The Sweet Home Free Will Baptist Church was organized in January 1909 in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Van Swanigan of Summit with the following persons in attendance: Mr. & Mrs. Van Swanigan, Mrs. Judy Marsalis, Mrs. Barbara Mingo and son Isom, and Ms. Charity Marsalis Brown; the following Ministers: A.A. McCray and Square Williams and there may have been others, but this information was given by the only survivor of the organization.  

Mrs. Laura Swanigan supplied the name, Sweet Home, which she thought was fitting and beautiful. The church site was purchased and enough land to become a Cemetery.  

The late Rev. A.A. McCray was the first pastor followed by others. 

In later years the original building was destroyed by fire as a result of lightening. After the fire the members erected a “Brush Harbor” and this is where worship was held until another building could be erected.  

Sweet Home Church has had its victory and defeat. But by being built on the Rock, which is Christ, it cannot fail. 

Various ministers have served this church and members have come and gone. The Hood, Patrick, Thompson and Nash Family’s and its descendants have been bulwarks down through time and kept the church in operation to the present time with their aid and cooperation of others members and friends.


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7190 Enterprise Road
Summit, Mississippi 39666
email: sweethomefwbchurch@yahoo.com