By Wade Linville
Two centuries ago, a small group of Ripley residents made their way by horseback and wagon to the local Oil Mill, sharing one common goal. Their goal was to join together to praise God and express their faith in Jesus Christ, marking the beginning of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Ripley. Eight years later, this group of faithful Ripley folk had grown large enough to construct its own building of worship known as the “Old Brimstone” due to the fiery sermons that took place. On Sunday, July 8, the Centenary United Methodist Church celebrated its 200 years of existence with an auspicious visit from Bishop Gregory Vaughn Palmer. More information about the anniversary celebration at the church is available in the July 12 edition of The Ripley Bee.