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Subject: [GM-L] Mullein Hill Church, Lakeville, MA, Part 6 & 7, History (end)
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 18:32:38 EST
This is my continuing work on the Mullein Hill Church, Lakeville, MA. These
are the last two parts, numbers 6 and 7. This is from the book History of
Lakeville 1953-1978 by Phyllis Elliott Draghetti & D. Evelyn Sylvia Norris.
Published by Lakeville Historical Society. Ref: 974.4 HIS.
1972-Present [then], Rev. Kenneth Nanfelt.
Kenneth Nanfelt became associated with the Mullein Hill Church during the
time Rev. Gushee was minister. Although he was attending another Church out
of town, Ken Nanfelt started a Bible study group in his home for the young
people of Lakeville. The group grew quickly. He also started a Bible study
for young adults. At Rev. Gushee's resignation, he served as intrim [sic]
preacher. Later the members officially called him to be become Pastor of the
Within the last five years, the Mullein Hill Church ministry has continued to
expand. The Church has become more than the neighborhood Church of its
founders. However, its strict adherance [sic] to Biblical principles and the
dual ministry of evangelization of outsiders and education of Believers
remains consistent with the desires of the original members.
Many physical changes have taken place in the recent past. In 1973, a Church
member remodeled the obsolete foyer and the old Chapel into a library.
Workers redecorated and laid carpet in the Chapel (1974) creating an
attractive activities room. The major project of digging out under the old
building and constructing classrooms was completed in 1976. In 1978,
additional parking area has been created as volunteers cleared land behind
The content of Pastor Nanfelt's preaching centers around "God's Grace" - the
favor of God which is responsible both for saving the sinner and keeping the
1953-1978, Objectives the Same.
Through the past 25 years, five different pastors have ministered at Mullein
Hill Baptist Church. All have been faithful to lead the Lakeville people in
the objectives which motivated the formation of the Church over 25 years ago:
Evangelism and Christian growth.
The Church members have worked hard at improving the physical Church
building. They have done so in order to help spread the Gospel message.
Through the years, the Bible verses which could easily have been the
motivation behind each pastor and member are John 11:25 and 26: "Jesus said
… I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were
dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall
never die. Believeth thou this?"