St. Frederick - A Church of Jesus Christ - All Are Welcome -
SCHOOL AND CHURCH HISTORY
St. Frederick Baptist Church was organized in 1893 in the home of Mrs. Dicie Yett Johnson, daughter of Joseph Yett.
She had been reared on the P. M. Yett place in the Spicewood area. Married to Green Johnson on October 5, 1870,
they moved into Marble Falls, and reared nine children. They worked for years at the Roper Hotel and lived behind it.
At some time between 1893 and 1899, they began having school and church in the bottom of the Blazing Star Lodge
building then located near the corner of Main and Sixth Street. On January 21, 1899, the St. John’s Missionary
Baptist Association of Travis County bought the property and building from the lodge for $175.00. This was for
the benefit of the local St. Frederick Baptist Church. The Reverend A. L. Walker was the local preacher at the time.
The Black population, once mostly in the northeast section of town, began to move to the southwest portion of town,
and in 1907, the Travis County association traded the land on Main Street (Lot No. 2 in Blk.35) to A. F. Hicks,
a realtor, for Lot 20, Blk 239, which was on the corner of South First Street and Avenue L. This was in a
shady pecan bottom where Whitman Creek had once meandered, near the depot. The local congregation later bought
the rest of that half block. The building was moved to the new site, remodeled and church and school resumed here.
The clerk fo r this early church was G. A. Jarmon. The Deacon Board consisted of M. Jarmon, W. Jackson, B. Rhynes,
and J. Samuel, Mrs. Amanda (Johnson) Jackson was the first Sunday School Superintendent, a position she held for
20 years. She also had charge of the Starlite Bank. In 1955, the church in the “hollow” was torn down and rebuilt
at the corner of Avenue N and North First Street. The present church is located at Avenue N and 3rd Street.
Ministers for the Church after moving to the “hollow” were:
A. R. Sheckles from 1907 to 1919
Mr. Collins from, 1919 to 1930
Mr. Randells from 1930 to 1932
Mr. Seelies from 1932 to 1935
Mr. Kelley from 1935 to 1949
Mr. Williams from 1949 to 1969
Mr. Ross from 1968 to 1978
Mr. Carthcart from 1978 to 1984
Mr. Hayes from 1985 to 1996
Rev R. T. Brown from 1996 to 2006
Rev C. W. Hackett from 2006 to 2008
Rev George Perry – Interim Pastor form 2008 to 2010
Rev Ernest Hollins from 2010 to 2011
Rev George Perry – Pastor from 2011 to now
Together, we the St. Frederick Baptist Church, must continue to grow in the Lord. Our Lord Jesus Christ has charted
our course, and we must follow it all the way, to gain His benefits down here and in Heaven. “I must work the work
for Him that sent Me, while it is day, for when night comes, no man can work.”
Our Mission Outreach ministry, prepare over 1,000 plates monthly. All these families are helped by donations
from our community. This ministry was started in 1985. St. Frederick Baptist Church is Blessed, and we thank God.
And most of all, we trust God to meet our needs.