The sanctuary of Warners Chapel Church of Christ in Clemmons, NC.
Closer view of the baptistry painting at Warners Chapel Church of Christ.
Exterior of the Warners Chapel Church of Christ sanctuary.
Warners Chapel Church of Christ in Clemmons, North Carolina, was founded in the late 1800’s and is one of the oldest Church of Christ churches in the eastern United States. The current worship space, built in 1937, includes a baptistery painting by Fannie Kuykendall. Warners Chapel church historian, Todd Hinson, shared the following about the baptistery painting and artist:
[Fannie Kuykendall] passed away in 1949 or 1950. I understand that her house burned down not long after she passed away, and most of her paintings were destroyed in that fire. She was the aunt of Elam Kuykendall who was really the first “part full-time” evangelist between 1937 and 1940.
Before the current building and baptistery were constructed, baptisms were held in a concrete pool constructed in the 1920’s behind the cemetery. A natural spring supplied water for the pool. From the 1800’s when the church was founded until the 1920’s, baptisms took place in the Yadkin River or at the nearby Will Tesh pond.