A Brief History of the Verona, MS Church of Christ
On a Sunday afternoon in June, 1958, several individuals met in the yard of sister Ruby Mills to discuss plans of establishing a church in the city of Verona. Those present on that occasion were Glenn and Carrie Kelly, Arthur and Annis Baldwin, Ruby Mills and her daughters, Betty and Sarah, Mrs. Joel with her son Leland and daughter Mary Elizabeth Webb, and Mr. Mott. Also present were brother and sister H. L. Meeks and Russell Sample, members of the Gloster St. congregation who were interested in helping begin a congregation in this city. The following Sunday, the church met in the home of Ruby Mills, and met on Wednesday evenings in the Baldwin home. Eventually, the church began meeting in Verona’s City Hall. A tent meeting was held June 14, 1959, with James Segars preaching.
Gloster St. church of Christ in Tupelo aided financially in purchasing a lot on College Street and in constructing a building in 1960. The first service in the new building was on January 15, 1961.
Preaching on Sundays was done by “part time” preachers until 1968. At least a dozen men from other congregations helped in this capacity. The “ole standby” in the Verona church who was always willing to do the preaching when others were not available was brother Howard Meeks.
Bert Watkins was the first “full time” preacher, beginning his work on December 1, 1968. He was followed by Harold “Skip” Andrews,
Preston Porter, Robert Kingsley, and the present preacher since October 1992, Wayne Cox.
Approximately three acres of land was purchased on West Road and our new church building was completed on it in early 1983. The first service in this building was on March 20, 1983.
Several members of the Verona congregation have become gospel preachers; each was aided and supported financially by the church here. Michael Bates attended Freed-Hardeman University and is now the minister for the Batesville church of Christ in Batesville, Mississippi. Mark Lindley attended both the Memphis School of Preaching and Freed-Hardeman University; he preaches for the Chapman church of Christ near Ripley, Mississippi. David Paden attended the Memphis School of Preaching and preaches at the LaFayette church of Christ in Lafayette, Georgia. Jameson Steward from the Danville congregation near Rienzi, Mississippi, married our Ashley Case; Jameson attended the Memphis School of Preaching and is now the minister for the Smithville church of Christ in Smithville, Mississippi. Adam Cox will be moving to Florida in the near future to attend the Northwest Florida School of Biblical Studies for two years of Biblical study and preacher training.
Our current elders who serve the Verona congregation are Bobby Case, Wayne Cox, and Bobby Goff; deacons are Scott Davis and Michael Hayden.
In all things, to God be the glory!