The year was 1882. To put things in perspective, Chester A. Arthur was President; Victoria was the Queen of England. It was the year that Jesse James was killed (shot in the back). Other, more genteel deaths included Henry W. Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Robert Louis Stephenson had just published "Treasure Island," but Mark Twain hadn't gotten around to writing "Huck Finn" yet. In music, this was the year Tchaikovsky introduced his "1812 Overture;" it would be another ten years before he would give the world his beloved "Nutcracker" ballet.
In the South, Reconstruction was officially over, but Carpetbaggers and Scalawags still infested southern cities like Savannah. And deep in the beautiful wooded marshlands just south of Savannah, in the tiny village of Keller, Ga., Mr. Marcellus Reed donated an acre of land for the establishment of a Baptist church, to be known as Corinth Baptist Church.
A lot has changed during the last 135 years. The tiny village of Keller just south of Richmond Hill has become one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation, and Corinth Baptist has grown along with it. The once little one-room church is now a beautiful facility, and the church owns more than twenty-three acres of land making it easily available for future facilities expansion. The music has changed some, along with some methods of ministry, but one thing that will never change is Corinth Baptist's commitment to share the unchanging, life-changing good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.