Prayer Time (Conference Room) – 9:00 AM
Morning Bible Study – 9:30 AM
Morning Worship – 10:30 AM
Adult Choir Rehearsal – 5:30 PM
Evening Worship – 6:30 PM

Prayer Meeting, Youth, Children – 6:30 PM
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Church Staff

Harvey "Bud" Putnam

Harvey "Bud" Putnam


Regan Penton

Regan Penton

Minister of Music

Marilyn & Charlie Schiedler

Marilyn & Charlie Schiedler

Ministers of Children & Youth

Zandra Boutwell

Zandra Boutwell

Church Secretary

Our Beliefs

The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.

There is one and only one living and true God. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

God’s Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace but shall persevere to the end.

The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel… and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.

Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members… memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

The Lord’s Day
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.

Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly… the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. The righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Evangelism & Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations… to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.

The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.

Christ’s people should … organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations.

The Christian & the Social Order
Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice.

Religious Liberty
Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

Our History

West Union Baptist Church was organized in 1905 by a group of dedicated members of Union Baptist Church who were unable to attend services regularly because of poor roads and inadequate transportation. They first began meeting at Lumpkin School on what is now Reese Road in Carriere.

Bro. R.W. Langham, a teacher at the Lumpkin School was instrumental in encouraging the people and getting them to see the need of organizing a church near their homes. Bro. John A. Price, the first recorded minister, would come up from Pearl River, Louisiana one weekend a month for services, and the members of the congregation would provide his lodging. The church was named West Union because it was west of their former church.

The church was chartered at the Hobolochitto Baptist Association meeting held at Harmony Baptist Church in Hancock County on the second day of October 1905.

The charter members who withdrew membership from Union Baptist Church were Bro. R.W. Langham; Rosa Kirkland; W.T. Kirkland; Randal and Louise Penton; Mr. and Mrs. W.L. (Billy) Stockstill; Mrs. Laura Stockstill; Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Lumpkin; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stockstill and children Janie, Lula, Cordelia, and John; Mr. and Mrs. W.M. (Cripple Billy) Stockstill and children Litha, Martha, and Hugo; Mr. and Mrs. Leander Stockstill and children Rachel and Maggie; Mrs. Sarah (Dutch) Spiers and children, Ben, Harvie, Tom, and Mary Ann; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lumpkin and children John, Pate, and Vianna; Leroy and Quenie Lumpkin, and Manuel Lumpkin. These along with several others who had accepted Christ and had been baptized made the approximate number of charter members between thirty-five and forty.

According to records from the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission, D.G. Varnado was the pastor in 1909 receiving a salary of $53.80 with 71 members.

By 1911 the church membership had grown to 92 with an enrollment in Sunday School of 36 with three teachers. In 1912 Bro. G.W. Holcomb was called as pastor. Also in 1912 B.E. Lumpkin donated the land on which the church is now located for a new home for West Union, and the men of the church began working on a one-room wood construction building. As the men worked the ladies of the community brought lunch. Nehemiah 4:6, “So built we the wall; and all the walls were joined together unto the half thereof, for the people had a mind to work” was their inspiration.

In 1913 the work was completed and the ninety-five members left behind the old school building and worshiped for the first time with Bro. Holcomb as pastor. The estimated value of the church property was $750, the Sunday School membership was 45, and the pastor’s salary was $201.70, and $5.60 was spent on literature.

In 1921 the church became affiliated with the Pearl River Baptist Association in conjunction with surrounding churches. Services were still being held only one Sunday a month and sometimes on Saturday. In 1935 with Bro. C.H. Hogan as pastor, a balcony was built and Sunday School rooms were partitioned over and under the balcony.

In November 1935 the church voted to have preaching twice a month. Under the leadership of Bro. Clyde Gordon in 1935, a building fund was begun with 20% of offerings added to the fund.

Weekly services began in 1948 while Bro. Eugene Keebler was the pastor. By 1949 $7000 had accumulated in the building fund and work was begun on the new brick veneer building. The building committee consisted of Hollis Stockstill, Austin Kirkland, Benton Pigott, John Davis, and Joe Rayburn.

Additional money was raised through pledges and contributions from friends. The church was completed and was debt-free for the first service on December 17, 1950. Only three charter members were alive to worship in the new church: Mrs. Litha Davis, W.T. Kirkland, and W.L. Stockstill.

Construction was begun on a parsonage in 1952 with Houston Kirkland, Curtis Roche, and Leroy Palmer on the building committee. Bro. Morrell Lee was the first pastor to occupy the home.

In 1961 while Bro. Wendell Gilmore was the pastor, and the Litha Davis Library was established in honor of the sole surviving charter member. In 1962 a flower planter was built in the vestibule in honor of Mrs. Nancy (Hugo) Stockstill.

Groundbreaking for an educational building, including a fellowship hall and kitchen, was held on May 8, 1963. The Powell family furnished a Prayer Room in memory of their brother Jessie Fred Powell in the new building.

Destruction struck on August 19, 1969, as Hurricane Camille with winds up to 200 miles per hour, roared in on a Sunday night as a revival was just beginning. Bro. John Wilson was the pastor at this time. As many gathered at the church for shelter, the roof was torn from the sanctuary. For the remainder of the revival, the fellowship hall was used for services with candles and oil lamps for lighting. Cooking on grills and opening canned foods, the ladies fed the preachers. The church was soon repaired.

West Union Baptist Church Cemetery was established in 1971 on three acres given to the church by Mr. Sam Dyer. In 197 4 with Bro. James Beck as pastor, the parsonage kitchen was remodeled and a room was added.

In 1974 a bus was purchased. It was a 1963 Chevrolet.

The next major addition to the church, under Bro. Billy Dowdy’s leadership in 1989, was an educational building adjacent to the sanctuary. It consisted of a new kitchen and fellowship hall, two Sunday School rooms, and restrooms.

Bro. Harvey “Bud” Putnam was called as pastor in 2004. Since then the sanctuary and education building behind it have been renovated with new carpeting and painting, the lighted sign was purchased, and the parking area was improved.

The membership of West Union began planning and looking forward to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary. It was set for October 2, 2005, exactly 100 years from the charter date in 1905. Committees were appointed, plans were made, invitations were sent to former pastors and music and youth ministers, and several had accepted the invitations. On August 29, 2005, all that changed as Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Damage to West Union included roof and siding damage, the interior of several rooms damaged from water, the new sign destroyed, and trees blown down. Many members received extensive damage to their homes and properties. The anniversary celebration had to be postponed. Now on October 1, 2006, a year later, we are happy to have each of you with us to celebrate what God has done at West Union for 101 years.

To God be the glory for the things he has done.

Historical Pastors


J.A. Price


L.G. Varnado


G.W. Holcomb


N. Breeland


D.V. Jones


J.C. Culpepper


W.I. Williams


G.W. Holcomb


J.J. Walker


L.G. Varnado


T.R. Coulter


L.C. Holcombe


C.H. Hogan




Clyde Gordan


J.B. Davis


W.T. Johnson


E.M. Keebler


Morrell Lee


Marion Hill


C.C. Weaver


Wendell Gilmore


Joe Thompson


John F. Wilson


L.J. Brewer


Charles Deglow


James Beck


Fred Baldwin


William G. Stephens


Ronnie Maxie


Billy Dowdy


Tony Inmon


Harvey “Bud” Putnam

Historical Ministers of Music & Youth

1970 Buster Taylor Music
1976 Mrs. Betty Poppell Music
1976 Byron Johnson Music and Youth
1979 Charles Shaddix Music and Youth
1980 Clain Roberts Music and Youth
1985 Kevin Steiner Music and Youth
1988 Lavon Gray Music and Youth
1992 Eric Kachur Music and Youth
1994 Ron Holmes Youth
1995 Larry Cagle Music
1996 Kyle Welch Youth
1999 Edison Williams Youth
2004 Kirby Stewart Music
2004-Present Regan Penton Music
Information compiled in this history was gathered from previous histories written by Mrs. Vestal Rayburn and Austin Kirkland, and History Highlights from the Mississippi Baptist Historical Commission.