A Sketch of the Early History of
Primitive Baptist Churches in the
State of New Mexico

Colorado became the 38th State in August 1876.

The "Signs of the Times," Vol. 42, No. 5, March 1, 1874, p. 58, contains an undated article which appears to record the first Primitive Baptist Church organized in "New Mexico Territory."


The first Predestinarian Baptist Church ever constituted in New Mexico Territory.

According to previous arrangement, the brethren and sisters met at the house of G. E. Miller, for the purpose of being organized a Predestinarian Baptist Church. Elder T. R. Rule preached an interesting sermon from Hebrews 2:11, "For both he that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren."

Elder J. Dean was unanimously chosen Moderator, and G. E. Miller clerk. Examination of the constituents by Elder Dean, which was satisfactory. The brethren were found to be sound in the faith and order, as held by the Old School Baptists. Prayer by Elder Dean, Charge by Elder Rule. After which the church was pronounced duly constituted, and the right hand of fellowship was given by the Moderator.

Elder Dean was called to the pastoral chair, and Brother G. E. Miller, clerk. A door was opened for the reception of members, and Sister Mildred Vance was received on experience and baptism. The constituents were nine in number, viz., G. E. Miller Sr., G. E. Miller Jr., I. G. White, J. W. Curtis, T. H. Dawson, and sisters P. A. White, Luann J. B. Dawson, Catharine K. Miller, and Lavinia J. Dawson.

Times of meeting are Saturdays before the third Sunday of each month. Sister Lavinia J. Dawson was requested to forward the minutes for publication in the "Signs of the Times."

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