History of Union ARP Church


With well over 200 years of history, Union ARP Church has touched the lives of many in the community and around the world.  Folks drive from near and far to visit not only our church but also our cemetery, History Room and our Library for records and research on their family trees. If you would like to learn more about your roots, feel free to call the church office or send us an e-mail to schedule a visit.  We would love to have you! 

If you would like to learn more from home about our cemetery visit www.findagrave.com or go directly to their page https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2194779&CScn=Union&CScntry=4&CSst=43&CScnty=2324&


Originally called Rocky Creek Meeting House founded in the early 1770’s as a part of the Reformed Denomination, the congregation of Union ARP Church was organized around 1795. The current sanctuary, the second on the site, was constructed in 1848. It was moved a short distance and remodeled in 1913.  Additional classrooms were added to the back of the sanctuary in 1952.  In addition to classrooms, these have since been modified to house the choir room, the nursery, and the pastor’s study. The social hall, to the left, was built in 1981 and was designed as a complimentary structure.  In 2017 the addition of a reception area as well as larger restrooms were added to connect the sanctuary and the social hall.

Click below to see images from the facilities.


In its more than 200 year history, Union ARP Chuch has had only nine pastors.

1.  The Reverend John Hemphill, D.D., 1795-1832

2.  The Reverend Warren Flenniken 1832-1839

3.  The Reverend L. McDonald 1839-1870

4.  The Reverend C. B. Betts 1871-1903

5.  The Reverend R. A. Lummus, D. D., 1905-1956

6.  The Reverend John S. Banks 1956-1962

7.  The Reverend James Clyde Barker 1963-1968

8.  The Reverend J. Allen Derrick, D. D., 1968-2013

9. The Reverend Watson Gunderson, 2016- 2019

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