Cedar Run Baptist Church

picture of Cedar Run Baptist Church

Early in the church history, Circuit Riders provided the people in the area with pastoral services and Biblical teachings. These individuals were devoted to their calling and endured many hardships in order to serve the people in this remote area.

One such individual, believed to have had the last name Browning, served the Cedar Run area that included a portion of mountain land situated about seven miles above the village. This area, known as the Barrens was home to a large lumbering operation. On one bitter cold day, Parsons Browning made a visit to the Barrens in order to conduct services. The following morning he left in a snowstorm, attempting to travel down the mountain to the village of Blackwell. Mr. Browning never arrived at his destination. He was found unconscious at the bottom of a steep ravine along Jacob's Run. He died of injuries from the fall and exposure to freezing temperatures.

The inhabitants of the Barrens knew that his favorite hymn was Beulah Land, and in his honor they renamed their village Beulah Land. Today there are no visible signs of the settlement that once existed in this beautiful spot, but it is still known as Beulah Land.

The Cedar Run Baptist Church, which is home to the First Baptist Congregation and Society of Brown Township, exists today because of the dedication to God's work of many individuals, dedication like that to the Circuit Rider, who gave his life to spread the Gospel message.