This page is dedicated to the history of Latonia Baptist Church and to the many Saints of LBC who have temporarily passed from our presence but not from our hearts and whose forbearance is the foundation of the church today.
This page is also dedicated to those whose love of the Lord led them to pursue such a formidable task and thus received from him, the tenacity required to complete and publish their work.
The first and perhaps definitive history of LBC was a product of the History Committee chaired by Dr. Smith Gibson with the Rev. Thomas C. Crume himself, providing much of the research, photographs and recollections. The first history titled The Spirit of Antioch, was finally made available in print at the end of 1969 through the efforts of Mr. Dick Williams.
The second history completed around October of 2000, was a solo effort by Marshall Hacker, titled A Light on the Corner. Drawing upon The Spirit of Antioch, Bro. Hacker "contemporized" the LBC history by filling in the gap between the years of 1969 and 2000 but also drawing from other sources (such as the historical bound bulletins) - he skillfully used the inclusion of "text boxes" to inject literally between the lines - pertinent humor, footnotes and humanity into the story.
The front covers of both A Light on the Corner and The Spirit of Antioch were originally available in Black-and-White only in order to save printing costs. Now - thanks to the magic of digital technology and the internet - both covers are available in their original full-color splendor.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the links below. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, a free download is available from the Adobe website.A Light on the Corner.pdf