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In order by denomination:  African Methodist Episcopal, Baptist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic

African Methodist Episcopal

History of African Methodist Episcopal Zion churches in the Lincolnton District of the Western North Carolina Conference, prepared by the Lincolnton District Layman's Council, 1982, 72 p.


1879  Minutes, Western Baptist Missionary Berean Association.  Charlotte, 1879, 9 p.

1879  Minutes, Western Baptist Missionary Union.  Charlotte, 1880, 10 p.

 1882  Minutes, Western Baptist Missionary Union.  Raleigh, 1882, 12 p.

 1883  Minutes, Western Baptist Convention.  Hendersonville, 1884, 11 p.

The Baptist Worker (Gastonia, N.C.) 1900

The history of the South Fork Baptist Association; or, the Baptists for one hundred years in Lincoln, Catawba, and Gaston Counties, North Carolina,  by William Alexander Graham.  Lincolnton NC, Journal Printing Co., 1901, 200 p.

Minutes of the ... session of the Gaston County Baptist Association:

                1919 [first session],  1926 ,  1931 ,  19361941,  1956,              1961,    1966, 1971,  1976,   1981,              1986, 1991-1993, 1994-19951996, 2000 2002.

Minutes of the ... annual meeting of the Woman's Missionary Union of the Gaston County Baptist Association, 1922,  Bessemer City, N. C., 11 p.

A short history of Sandy Plains Baptist Church, by Charles Jefferson Black, Gastonia?, 1923, 174 p.

Gaston County Baptist Messenger (Gastonia, N.C.) 1923

Directory of Loray Baptist Church, 1923-1924, 38 p.

The origin of the Baptist, by C. J. Black, Now Pastor of Loray Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C. 1924, 118 p.

Gaston County Baptist church history, compiled by Special Historical Commission of the Gaston County Baptist Association, 1935, 80 p.             

Services of dedication : the renovated sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Gastonia, North Carolina. 1967, 18 p.

Echoes of East : a history: 1901-1971 East Baptist Church Gastonia N.C. , by Juanita Alexander.   1971, 90 p.

Mine eyes have seen the glory : a historical treatise of the foundation, the development, and the accomplishments of Long Creek Memorial Baptist Church on the occasion of the 200th anniversary, 1772-1972. [Dallas], 1972, 278 p.

A history of First Baptist Church, Gastonia, N. C., by R. L. Bolick, 1976,  66 p.

History of Woodlawn Baptist Church, 1928-1978, Lowell, North Carolina, 1978, 46 p.

Saint Paul Baptist Church, Gastonia, North Carolina: centennial year 1885-1985, by 1986, 90 p.

 History of Mountain Island Mill & Hebron Baptist Church & Flat Rock Cemetery : Gaston County, North Carolina, by Linda Adams Bell, 1997, 106 p.


White Haven Church and the Rev. Robert Johnston Miller, by Joseph Blount Cheshire.  Chapter XIII of Sketches of church history in North Carolina, Wilmington, 1892, 52 p.   Church in Gaston County.

Journal of the ... annual convention of the Missionary District of Asheville.    Includes Gaston County.

               8th- 12th (1902-1906)  Bound in one volume.                   13th- 16th (1907-1910)  Bound in one volume.

               17th- 20th (1911-1914)  Bound n one volume.                 20-23 (1914-17)  Bound in one volume.

              24 (1918).   25-26 (1919-20)  Bound in one volume.    27 (1921).


Minutes of the ... annual convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod .  New Market, Va., Henkel,  1820-    Note:  The Tennessee Synod united with the North Carolina Synod to form the United Evangelical Lutheran Synod of North Carolina.  Includes Gaston and Lincoln Counties. Imprint varies. Title fluctuates; numerous small variations; some years in German.  1st, 1820 has title: Kurze Nachricht von den Verrichtungen der ersten Conferenz, der deutschen, evangelisch lutherischen Prediger, gehalten in dem Staate Tennessee ...

              1st-20th(1820-1840),   41st-65th(1861-1885),  56th- 65th (1876-1885),  66th- 77th(1886-1897),

    78th 90th (1898-1910) ,   85th(1905),   91st- 100th (1911-1920).  

Biography of Rev. Alfred J. Fox, M. D.,  by his son, Junius B. Fox, with an introduction by his son, Luther A. Fox.  Philadelphia: Lutheran Publication Society, 1885, 150 p..  Note:  "The Christian's conflict, victory and reward. Memorial sermon on the death of Rev. Alfred J. Fox ... by Rev. Abel J. Brown, D.D.", p. 83-111. "Sermon[s], preached by the Rev. A.J. Fox ...", p. 112-150.

History of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod, by Socrates Henkel.  New Market, Va., 1890, 306 p.

A service of memory : a complete history of facts and remembrances about Lutheran Chapel Evangelical Church, founded 1828.   History compilations by the Rev. G.H.C. Parks, Mrs. Hoyle Whiteside, [and] Mrs. Robert L. Thornburg, 1993, 34 p.

Life of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church: Centennial 1903-2003  [Bessemer City], 2003, 190p.

Beaver Dam Lutheran Church Cemetery : a challenge for our time, by Mary Frances Mauney and John D. Mauney, 1992, 34 p.          


Directory of Gastonia and Bethesda M.E. Churches, South, for conference year 1891.  20 p.

 Methodism in western North Carolina, by Elmer T. Clark, 1966, 210 p.

 United Methodist church : 1882-1982 centennial celebration, by McAdenville United Methodist Church (McAdenville, N.C.), 1982, 36 p.


Pioneer Presbyterian Preachers of the Piedmont North Carolina, by Isaac Stuart McElroy, 1928, 50 p.

History of Goshen Church, by Joseph Kirkland Hall, 1939, 22 p.

The First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia, N.C. : a history, by Charles F. Daniel, 1961, 64 p.

History of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont North Carolina, 1890-1990, 1990, 188 p.

Hope preserved: the story of New Hope Presbyterian Church (Gastonia), by Brian Dale Weger.  1992, 198 p.

The history of West Avenue Presbyterian Church : 1907-2004.  Gastonia, 2006, 142 p.

Roman Catholic

Catholicity in the Carolinas and Georgia: Leaves of Its History; A.D. 1820 - A.D. 1878, by Jeremiah Joseph O'Connell.  New York: D. J. Sadlier, 1879, 674 p.

[Reminiscences of Catholicity in North Carolina], by James Gibbons.   Supplied title. "J. Card. Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore ... Feb. 18th, 1891."  Addressed to the "Gentlemen and friends of the United States Catholic Historical Society of New York" at the Cardinal's house, Baltimore, Md."--P. [1].  26 p.

"A North Carolina monastery," by John Spencer Bassett, Magazine of American History,  v. 29, no. 2, February 1893, "Paper read before the Historical Seminary of Johns Hopkins University, December 16, 1892."--P. [131]-135.   

A short sketch of Belmont Abbey the canonical erection of the Abbatia Nullius and the silver abbatial jubilee of Rt. Rev. Leo Haid, D.D., O.S.B, 1910, 78 p.

Crossroads, Belmont Abbey College newspaper collection spans from 1971-1979 with issues published every other month.

My Lord of Belmont, a biography of Leo Haid, by Dom Paschal Baumstein.  Belmont, Herald House, 1985,  458 p.

Blessing the years to come : [Belmont Abbey, a pictorial perspective] by Paschal Baumstein and Debra G. Estes.   Belmont, Archives of Belmont Abbey, 1997, 138 p.


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Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title:  Digital Gaston County: Religion


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