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Covington Church Honored in Frankfort

Madison Avenue Christian Church was honored with a resolution in the Kentucky House of Representatives on Monday. State Rep. Arnold Simpson (D-Covington) sponsored and passed the resolution that celebrates the church's one hundred years on Madison Avenue.

Here is a timeline of the church's history:

1875 60 members of 1st Christian in Covington withdraw to form Fourth St. Christian
1904 29- year old Joseph W. Hagin became minister of the Fourth Street Church
1909 Central Christian Church (Cov.) formed following a tent meeting at 18th & Greenup
1912 4th Street Christian and Central Christian vote to consolidate. Articles of Incorporation filed for the Madison Avenue Christian Church. On August 1st, ground was broken for the new building at 15th & Madison. Cornerstone laid on November 9 under the direction of Dep. Grand Master Orie S. Ware
1913 First service held in the new building on August 10; Joseph Hagin chosen as first minister; new building dedicated on November 30th
1918 Services suspended for several weeks due to the flu epidemic
1926 New organ dedicated as well as a third stained glass window in the sanctuary
1927 Rev. Hagin moved to Ashland; the new minister is Rev. Kenneth Bowen
1930 Educational Building completed as the country enters the Great Depression
1940s Money woes plague the church, but membership continues to grow
1945 Rev. Bowen becomes President of College of the Bible in Lexington; Barton Johnson becomes the 3rd minister
1950 The adjoining lot south of the building was purchased for a parking lot
1951 The fourth stained glass window was installed
1950s Membership reaches peak, with over 1000 members listed
1957 Sanctuary air-conditioned
1959 Second lot south of the church purchased for use as parking lot
1963 50th Anniversary celebration the same week as the Kennedy Assassination
1965 Rev. Barton Johnson and his talented wife Vivian retired after 20 years
1967 Rev. Lawrence Crane became the 4th minister
1970 Rev. Crane died suddenly of a stroke; Rev. Robert Anderson became the 5th minister
1970s Suburban sprawl caused decline in membership
1977 Rev. Anderson left for a church in Georgia; 29-year-old Dr. Philip V. Miller became the 6th minister
1980s Organ refurbished and sanctuary painted and decorated
1985 Dr. Miller left for a church in Paducah; Rev. Peter Moon became the 7th minister
1990 Rev. J. Michel Delaney became the 8th minister
1990s A time of transition as attendance and membership reached lowest level
1997 Long Range Plan set church in a new direction of outreach to the community and formation of an Inclusion Ministry
2000 Prayer breakfast started on Sunday mornings, which was the forerunner of the Community Dinners
2004 Chinna M. Simon became the 9th minister
2005 Community Dinners started on Monday evenings; Purchase of the car parts lot to the north of the church; Capital campaign to create new parking and garden area
2006 Completion of the “Garden Parking Lot” and various interior renovations
2008 Community Car Care program started; Kyle McDougall joined as youth minister; Began partnership with Northern KY University Nursing Program to provide community health care services during community dinners
2009 Community Dinners started on Wednesday evenings
2012 Stained glass windows restoration begins
2013 100th Anniversary Celebration events
Photo: Members of Madison Avenue Christian Church join Rep. Arnold Simpson inside the House of Representatives/provided


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