WEST DURHAM BAPTIST / GREY STONE BAPTIST CHURCH

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WEST DURHAM BAPTIST / GREY STONE BAPTIST CHURCH

2601
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1936
/ Modified in
1960s-2000s
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  • Submitted by G Wolf on Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 2:36am

    Is this the one right across the street from LocoPops? I thought I recognized it, but wasn't sure.

  • Submitted by David Jeffreys on Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 4:43am

    Gary,

    Sara is down here in Wilminton this Thanksgiving and we have been discussing the ED, especially EK Powe School and the West Durham Baptist Church. Sara wants you to know that "Greystone" is an incorrect spelling as it should be "Grey Stone Baptist Church" using two words instead of one. See the Grey Stone official website: http://www.gsdurham.com/. Sara would appreciate your correcting the spelling on ED.

    Thanks for all your continued good work and enjoy your break, which is well deserved. Sara and I met you at the Alabama Ave house on the OWDNA house tour.

  • Submitted by lawrence Bullock on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 5:56pm

    I was baptized at this church. Five years old. I think I peed in the baptismal pool. I'll probably go to hell. When I was seven or eight I used to take my Sunday school money and go to the shop across the street and buy snacks. Yep, definitely going to hell...

  • Submitted by Carol on Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 5:21pm

    Spent many wonderful years at Grey Stone, my two children were baptized at Grey Stone.  Wonderful people and the soda shop across the street was well known for the best lemonaide in the world.

  • Submitted by Joseph Sparks on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7:38pm

    What a beautiful church! At twelve years old I went forward when Pastor Malcolm Smith gave the invitaion altar call. I accepted Christ as my Savior that day and was baptised there two weeks later. Pastor Smith was a wonderful man and I had great respect and admiration for him. I later sang in the Church Youth Choir and we went on a Summer Tour to Roanoke, VA and Wilmington. Wonderful memories of Grey Stone Baptist Church!

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  • Sun, 04/19/2020 - 9:02am by gary

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2601
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1936
/ Modified in
1960s-2000s
Architect/Designers: 
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
,
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 


West Durham Baptist / Grey Stone Baptist, 1935.
(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection)

The West Durham Baptist Church located after 1897 on Alexander Avenue had seen its congregation grow to more than 800 by 1927. Rather than expand at the Alexander site, the church purchased a site at the corner of Hillsborough Rd. and 15th Street in 1933. The plan for a new gothic church, built of the same stone used to construct Duke's West Campus, was executed by Durham architectural firm Atwood and Weeks. Although construction began soon after purchase of the site, it was halted for lack of funds for a period, but resumed to complete the church by 1936.

In 1949, the church changed its name to Grey Stone Baptist Church to distinguish the church from the African-American West Durham Baptist Church. Several expansions of the church were performed in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including additions to the rear of the 1936 church building as well as parking lots.

The church remains active today.


Grey Stone Baptist, 04.12.09

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Comments

Is this the one right across the street from LocoPops? I thought I recognized it, but wasn't sure.

Gary,

Sara is down here in Wilminton this Thanksgiving and we have been discussing the ED, especially EK Powe School and the West Durham Baptist Church. Sara wants you to know that "Greystone" is an incorrect spelling as it should be "Grey Stone Baptist Church" using two words instead of one. See the Grey Stone official website: http://www.gsdurham.com/. Sara would appreciate your correcting the spelling on ED.

Thanks for all your continued good work and enjoy your break, which is well deserved. Sara and I met you at the Alabama Ave house on the OWDNA house tour.

I was baptized at this church. Five years old. I think I peed in the baptismal pool. I'll probably go to hell. When I was seven or eight I used to take my Sunday school money and go to the shop across the street and buy snacks. Yep, definitely going to hell...

Spent many wonderful years at Grey Stone, my two children were baptized at Grey Stone.  Wonderful people and the soda shop across the street was well known for the best lemonaide in the world.

What a beautiful church! At twelve years old I went forward when Pastor Malcolm Smith gave the invitaion altar call. I accepted Christ as my Savior that day and was baptised there two weeks later. Pastor Smith was a wonderful man and I had great respect and admiration for him. I later sang in the Church Youth Choir and we went on a Summer Tour to Roanoke, VA and Wilmington. Wonderful memories of Grey Stone Baptist Church!

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