|City/Town: • Pine City • Holly Grove|
|Location Class: • Church|
|Year Built: • 1900's|
|Year Abandoned: • 2002|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Michael Schwarz • Eddy Sisson|
This church first opened in the early 1900’s as the First Baptist Church Of Pine and had around 200 members. In the late 50’s, this church saw a rapid decrease in members as many passed on or moved to bigger towns. Time went on and the church continued to struggle with weekly tithing and rapidly declined. Finally the church closed with only 6 members in 1980.
5 years later, Roosevelt Urquhart, a pastor from another local town attempted to bring this old church back as an extension of another church called Mt. Zion Church. This was supposed to help bring in new members who couldn’t make it out to other churches in other adjacent towns. This did not work as he planned. After only 17 years, this little place of worship had sung its last hymn. In 2002, Mt. Zion closed their doors with no hope for the future.
Today, the structure sits in decay with pianos, hymnals, and the energy of a once vibrant church. The walls are falling in, the flooring is molding, and the paint is fading. In the early 2000’s the majority of the pews were given to a Church in a near by town in Holly Grove.