The Dallas Journal, Volume 55, 2009 Page: 93
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First Congregational Church Early History
During the year 1888, the following were officials in the church:
Pastor: Rev. C. I. Scofield
Deacons: Harvey Page, S. Nelson, E. M. Powell, Theodore Mosher, Will A. Nason
Clerk: John S. Corley
Treasurer: E. M. Powell
Sunday School Superintendent: Mrs. Cora Thomas Dickinson
Choir Director: Luther Rees
Young Peoples' President: James Kirkland
For the first ten years after the founding of the Congregational Church, the growth was steady
rather than spasmodic. The character of the Church was cosmopolitan in its membership, as
twenty-three states and eight foreign countries were represented.
The dynamic spirit behind the early Congregational movement in Dallas was Cyrus I. Scofield,
who was pastor of the church for many years.
Cyrus I. Scofield was the son of Elias and Abigail (Goodrich) Scofield. A direct descendent of
Daniel Scofield who settled at Stanford, Connecticut in 1640, he was born in Wilson County,
Tennessee in 1844. He attended the University of Virginia. At the age of 17 he joined Lee's
army and fought on the side of the Confederacy. Following the war he went to St. Louis, where
he became a law partner of John J. Ingalls. For two terms he was in the Kansas State
Legislature. In St. Louis, he met Dr. Goodell and became a member of Pilgrim Congregational
In 1882, Dr. Scofield moved to Dallas, where he became pastor of the First Congregational
Church. During that year he married Miss Hattie Wartz, the daughter of Henry and Louisa
Wartz of Grand Haven, Michigan. For several years Dr. Scofield was away from Dallas working
on the annotated edition of the Bible, which was published by the Oxford Press in 1909. He
returned to Dallas and continued his pastorate until 1917, after which he was Pastor Emeritus.
The First Congregational Church changed its name later to Scofield Memorial Church in honor of
this long-time pastor.
CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
The Central Congregational Church was formed by members of the First Congregational Church,
who felt that a new church would serve better the Christian needs of the rapidly growing city of
Dallas. At that time the population was 43,000. The decision to form a new church was made at
a meeting held October 23, 1902, at the Bible School Room of E. M. Powell, 401 Main Street.
The meeting was called to order by William G. Breg. W. Y. McCune presided. Motion was
made by E. M. Powell that a new church be organized. It carried unanimously.
Committees were appointed to list the names of those desiring to join the new church and to
submit plans for a church organization. The following signed their names to the list and became
charter members of Central Congregational Church.
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