Dover church celebrates 175 years
DOVER — The Dover Bible Church will celebrate 175 years of serving Christ in the small village of Dover on Sunday. Originally known as the First Congregational Church of Dover, the name was changed to Dover Bible Church in 2011.
The Dover church was organized in 1838 by the Rev. Lucian Farnham,of Princeton, who was prevailed upon by nine members of Princeton Congregational Church to secure a separate charter for Dover members. The original charter, which was drawn up at the home of Joseph H. Brigham, two miles west of Dover, was signed by Eli O. Thorp, Lydia Thorp, Lyman Stowell, Sylvester Brigham Sr., Eliza Brigham, Joseph H. Brigham, Amanda Stowell, Wealthy Poole and Oramel A. Smith.
For 10 years, church was held in a school house located near the east corner of the park in Dover. In 1850, a new brick building was built. The Rev. Edwin G. Smith was the first pastor in the new church, and it was under his leadership that the church became self-supporting. Eighty new members were added during the first few years of service in the new building.
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