About Us

The year 1889 began on a Tuesday and was a very busy year in the United States and the World.  The Coca-Cola company began as the Pemberton Medicine Company in Atlanta, GA.   Benjamin Harrison became the 23rd president of the United States of America in March.  The Eiffel Tower opened in Paris the same month.  Frederick Douglass, who was born a slave, became a U.S. minister (ambassador) to the country of Haiti.  Four states, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, and Washington, came into the United States during 1889.  The first issue of the Wall Street Journal began.  Clemson University was founded.  The president of the former Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, died in 1889. 

Life in Kentucky was relatively simple.  In Eastern Kentucky, there was fierce fighting between two families named the Hatfields and the McCoys, as well as the Rowan County War.  Simon Buckner was the governor of the Commonwealth.  Spokane won the 15th running of the Kentucky Derby by a nose and paid $34.80.  People ate bread and bread products, potatoes, and drank tea. (Tea was cheaper than beer and safer than water that had not been boiled.) Bacon—usually very fat, and more like salt pork than the crisply fried bacon eaten today—was used in small quantities for flavoring once or twice a week. Milk and cheese products were also staple items for people in this area of Kentucky. Children entertained themselves by playing baseball, football, and board games.  Children read a LOT, with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain being a favorite.  Teenage girls usually got married by 16 and had their first child by 17.  Teenage boys started working hard by the age of 13 and didn’t stop.  People began to have a desire to move and a mass exodus from east to west began.  The most famous of these movements was the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.  People had a pioneer spirit in 1889.

It hit here in Western Kentucky as well.  It captured the senses of Daniel Yeiser.  Daniel E. Yeiser was ordained into ministry on February 5th, 1860.  He was a tireless forerunner in his mission efforts in Daviess and Ohio Counties.  He helped found the churches of Walnut Memorial, Sugar Grove, Glenville, Red Hill, Green Brier, Curdsville, Stanley, and Woodward’s Valley in Ohio County.  He was the first pastor at Panther Creek and served from 1889 to 1890 and again from 1898 to 1901.  We had 22 members at that time and one of the key things he taught these 22 people was that together they could be a strong force in GOING and SERVING.  Since its beginning, Panther Creek has maintained this focus, seizing opportunities to reach people.  It continues to be a part of our DNA.  It’s who we are. 

While I have been the pastor at Panther Creek Baptist Church, I have seen and experienced things that I have never witnessed in my entire ministry.  Panther Creek is a story of faithfulness – the faithfulness of people who have served over the years and sought to see God’s love demonstrated to those around us.  It is a story of God’s faithfulness to people who are obedient to Him.  Yet, here is the real exciting part.  As I reflect and remember all that God has done, I realize that He is not done yet.  The past has been a foreshadowing for what God is ready to do for a church family that continues to seek Him.  I love you all so much and I am thankful to be a part of this history with you now and to see how God will continue to make history at Panther Creek in the days and years ahead.