HISTORY OF QUINTON BAPTIST CHURCH
Birth of the Church
Quinton Baptist Church was the outgrowth of Sunday School work started in May of 1876 by Morris G. Fowser, assisted by Samuel Patrick, William Shimp, William Hancock, Rebecca Patrick, and Margaret Fowser.
Beasley's Neck Schoolhouse
he work was started in Beasley’s Neck School House for the neighborhood children. Morris Fowser interested entire families into coming, and Quinton was soon represented in the Sunday School by the William Shimp’s, the Stephen Smith’s and the William Patrick’s. Morris Fowser was elected superintendent and held classes in the Beasley Neck School until the weather began to get cold. They then voted to move their Sunday School to the Quinton School House, located where Quinton Fire Hall now stands; this was done in late September of 1876.
Quinton Public School
There was need for a better library, so a fair and festival was held, which enabled them to procure a more adequate one. They had no organ, but Miss Amanda Perry offered to loan them one if Mr. Fowser would get it to and from the school house. She lived where Albert Bell now lives, and every Sunday Mr. Fowser would start out from his home in Beasley’s Neck, with his market wagon loaded with the nearby families, deliver them to Quinton, go back to the Perry home and load the organ, and get to Quinton in time to start the services. After the Sunday School session, he would load the organ and return it, then go back after his family and return them home. He did this for a long time, until they were able to raise funds to purchase an organ of their own. The First Baptist Church of Salem gave them an additional boost by the donation of their library.
Beasley's Neck United Sunday School
Front Row: Eleanor Hancock, Eva Shimp, Howard Lilley, Verna Lilley, May Finlaw, Elizabeth Lilley.
2nd Row: Kate Plummer, Isabelle Hewitt, Hazel Finlaw, Annie Fryant, Annie Finlaw, Helen Finlaw, Hattie Finlaw.
3rd Row: Ella Hancock, Belle Lilley, Carroll Finlaw, Samuel Fryant, Capt. Wm. Hancock, Wm. Finlaw.
The Lord prospered them and in due time, our present “old church building” was started.
During Mr. Fowser’s fourteen years as superintendent of the Sunday School, preaching services, which resulted in a number of conversions, were conducted at the close of the Sunday School session.
It soon became apparent that a chapel was necessary, so a group of Sunday School members met at the home of Wiliam Shimp in January of 1889, to organize a chapel society. Thirty-two members were enrolled at the first meeting, and $3.49 in dues was collected.
On June 15, 1889, the first public subscription was taken for the chapel fund. In October of the same year, there was enough money on hand to begin work, which was finished by February of the next year (1890) and ready for use.
BAPTIST CHURCH, QUINTON, NEW JERSEY
Land in the middle of Quinton and Marlboro Turnpike from Dave P. and Francis R. Smith of Camden, NJ, was sold to Josiah T. Harris, in trust of the township, on April 18, 1889, for $325.00, for a group known as The Baptist Chapel Society of Quinton, NJ. Certificate of incorporation was :filed for Quinton Baptist Church on March 15, 1890, but was recorded in May of 1893. A second tract of land was purchased from Clinton and S. Grace Kelty of Salem, NJ, by Quinton Baptist Church trustees for $30.00 in 1891. A third tract of land was purchased from David P. and Francis R. Smith by Quinton Baptist Church for $300.00 in 1892. A fourth tract of land was purchased from Clinton and S. Grace Kelty and Lewis H. and Flora Ayars by the trustees of Quinton Baptist Church for $1.00 in 1894.
On March 5, 1890, a meeting was held for the election of officers. The meeting was called to order by Samuel Patrick. John Anderson was elected chairman and Josiah Harris was elected clerk. They then proceeded to elect officers. The deacons elected were: John Anderson, Morris G. Fowser, Joseph Powell, Samuel Patrick, John Robinson, Samuel L. Kelty, and Peter Pierpoint. Trustees elected were: Alexander Hall, William R. Hackett, Peter Shimp, James B. McAllister, William\ Radal, Mulford Lounsbury, and Benjamin Irelan. Collectors elected were William Fowser and George Pierpoint. Ushers were Chauncy Patrick and Joel Mills.
On March 12, 1890, a council was convened to consider the possibility of recognizing the new fellowship as a regular Baptist Church. Forty-nine delegates from churches in the First Baptist Association (First and Memorial Baptist in Salem, Canton, Alloway, and Pearl St. and First Baptist in Bridgeton, Cedarville, Woodstown, Woodbury, and Pittsgrove) formed the council which met on this day. In the formation of the Quinton Baptist Church, the following churches granted letters of permission: First Baptist and Pearl St. in Bridgeton, First Baptist and Memorial Baptist in Salem, Canton Baptist and Alloway Baptist Churches. Also on this day, the members of Quinton Baptist Church dedicated their house of worship to the Lord. The forty-nine original members of the church (see appendix 2) declared to the council its adoption of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (see appendix 4), as well as statements concerning its present encumbrances and its future prospects. The council then voted that the members represented in the letters be recognized as a regular constitutional Baptist Church.
Having been organized as a regular Baptist Church, they adopted the first church covenant (see appendix 3).
From the small group of forty-nine, the church grew to a membership of 82 within one year. By 1926, the membership had grown to 240. The membership at the end of 1964 was over 200. And at present, in 1997, the church membership stands at 264. Our church stands today, as it did over 100 years ago, as a memorial to those forty-nine charter members who saw a vision of a work that would bring salvation through Jesus Christ to many people.