Matthew 16:18

18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Who We Are...

We are a church family that encourages each other to study God’s Word. When you visit, you will see Bible things done in Bible ways. You will hear the Bible taught with no man-made creed book to go along with it. You will never be asked for money and you will always be most welcome.

What does the Hartwell Church of Christ believe?  The simple answer is “the Bible”.  We view the Bible as what it truly is: God’s message to people of all ages and cultures.  A message from God is important enough to study carefully and follow. More specifically we live by the teachings of the New Testament, as that is the covenant Jesus put into effect when He died on the cross (see Hebrews 8:6-13).  We also study the Old Testament, for it teaches us valuable lessons and shows us the timeless nature of God (see Romans 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:11).  But when it comes to guidance on salvation, worship, and Christian living, we look solely to the teaching found in the New Testament. This is how the earliest Christians arrived at their beliefs.  Acts 2:42 tells us this about the first Christians: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (ESV).  “The apostles’ teaching” is the same as what we call “the New Testament”, and that is our focus.  We also imitate the example of Christians in Berea, described in Acts 17:11: “… they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” We don’t believe concepts simply because a person tells us; we accept what they say only if we find that’s what the New Testament teaches.  That fact will help you understand why people in our Bible study and worship assemblies always seem to be following along in their Bibles. Christ has given us truth that will set us free (see John 8:31,32).  As Jesus says in that passage, abiding in His word is what makes us His disciples.  If the New Testament teaches it, we believe it!

Church History & Leadership

Hartwell Church of Christ - Year: Early 1950's - church building built by Harold Walker and Glen Sneed
Hartwell Church of Christ first preacher Ernest Walker from Florance, Alabama from Early - Late 1950's. First families to place membership: Harold & Marcie Walker - Song Leader; Glen George & Josephine McRight Sneed

Preacher / Ministers:
Preacher Ernest Walker - Early 1950's
Preacher Frank Jones - Mid - Late 1960's
Preacher Hester - Late 1960's
Preacher Tommy Hale - Early / Late 1970's
Preacher Brother Castillo - Early - 1980's
Preacher Douglas McArther - January 1984 - Mid 2001
Preacher Lee Graham - Mid 2000's
Minister Aubrey L. Prestridge - Current

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Aubrey L. Prestridge - Minister

Office Phone: 706.376.9132

Home Phone: 706.282.7188

Cell Phone: 706.491.9486

In Loving Memory

Ernest Walker - Founding Member, Preacher

Harold Walker - Founding Member, Song Leader

Glen George Sneed - Founding Member
B) 2 Nov 1906 - D) Nov 1970

Josephine McRight Sneed - Founding Member
B) 2 Jul 1905 - D) 18 Jan 1999

JoAnne Sneed Longtin - Founding Member
B) 27 Jan 1930 - D) 3 Jun 2007

"Brother" Thomas McCurley


Frank Nicolas Crittendon
B) 1 Nov 1985 - D) 31 Dec 1985


Edwin H. "Ed" Simpson
B) 20 Nov 1932 - D) 9 May 2004


Emma Mae Simpson
B) 14 Aug 1936 - D) 2 Apr 2013


Edwin Michael "Mike" Simpson
B) 28 Sep 1955 - D) 11 Jan 2018


Tonnie Willis Simpson
B) 16 Oct 1964 - D) 21 Feb 2012

Dale Simpson


Billy Ray Evens


Jerry Hill
B) 06 July 1965 - D) 20 Feb 2019

Qualifications for Overseers & Decons:

1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Timothy 3:1-13 (KJV)