Our History! 

The year was 1913.  Roanoke was thirty-one years old and Salem was a small town, the center of government for Roanoke county.  They were connected by a street car track which ran about parallel to what is now Melrose Avenue.  Melrose Avenue was a narrow, unpaved wagon road.

In 1913 Aldine St. Clair  began to lay the groundwork for a church.  He and Thomas Childress began to hold church services in a small school building.  The school building was hidden in the oak and pine trees on a hill between Roanoke and Salem.  There was a narrow dirt road in front of the schoolhouse (Peck Street).  In May of that year, a month long revival was held which brought into fellowship fifty Christians by baptism or transfer of membership and on June 15, 1913, the Edgewood Christian Church was organized.  These fifty individuals made up the charter membership.  The new congregation called as its first minister, Aldine St. Clair, who served Edgewood for over twenty-five years.

The schoolhouse which was owned by Roanoke County was purchased by the church in 1922.  The building was converted into a church and Sunday school rooms were added.  During the earlier years of the church there was no inside plumbing, no central heat, and no electricity.

A new church building was begun, but before it was finished fire destroyed it and the old schoolhouse on January 25, 1927.  Hospitable people of the community opened their homes to the congregation.  Later by means of pledges, offerings, and free labor, a new building  was erected.  The new building was dedicated in July, 1927. 

In 1958, the entire interior of the old sanctuary was completely remodeled and a baptistry was added. 

In June, 1963 Carlos Fields was called as Edgewood's first full-time minister.

A new addition was completed in November 1979. 

In 1997 the sanctuary was refurbished, and in 2004 a new fellowship hall and kitchen was added.  In both of these the congregations was able to raise the money for the projects before they were even begun!

The Lord has greatly blessed Edgewood through the years, and we look forward to where he will guide us in the years to come!

 

Senior Ministers 

1.  Aldine H. St. Clair                       Oct. 1912 - Mar. 1939

2.  B.F. Calaway (pro- temp)            1938 - Summer 1939

3.  Ernest Weaver (pro-temp)          1938 - Summer 1939

4.  Dean Calaway                           Summer 1939 - 1940

5.  Otho L. Craft                             April 1941 - Dec. 1961

6.  Joseph Hardy                            Jan. 1962 - Dec. 1962

7.  Carlos Fields                            Jan. 1963 - Sept. 1965

8.  Charles Aldridge                       Oct. 1965 - Aug. 1967

9.  Charles Carmen                        Dec. 1967 - April 1971

10.  Harlan Ogle                            June 1971 - July 1976

11.  Marion Harris                          Oct. 1976 - Dec. 1986

12.  James Foringer                       June 1987 -Dec. 1989

13.  Douglas Keffer                        April 1990 - April 1992

14.  Larry Atkin                              Dec. 1992 - Nov. 2009                                                                                                               

15.  Ken Runyon                            Dec. 2009 - Nov. 2015                                                                                                                       

 

Associate/Youth Ministers

1.  Alvin Feltner                            June 1975 - Spring 1976

2.  Mike Leamnson                       Oct. 1976 - Oct. 1978

3.  Scott Gregory                          May 1980 - Aug. 1980

4.  Dan Swezy                              July 1985 - May 1986

5.  Brian Orahood                         July 1986 - June 1987

6.  Richard Harding                       May 1988 - May 1993

7.  Willie Purdee                          Oct. 1993 - Jan. 1996

8.  Warren Whitaker                     May 1996 - Dec. 1997

9.  Robert Paddock                      Jan. 1998 - Sept. 2003

10.  Brian Chadwick                      June 2004 - April 2005

11.  Joseph Schmidt                     Dec. 2005 - May 2008

12.  Chris Brandow                       June 2008 - May 2015

13.  Kevin McNeil                          June 2015 - present

 

Director of Children's Ministry

1.  Stacey Lilley                          May 2005 - Feb 2011

2.  Sarah Brandow                     March 2011 - Dec. 2015 


Family Minister

1.  Chris Brandow                         June 2015 - present

 

 

"Timothy's" of Edgewood Christian Church

These are men who are from Edgewood and have been ordained into the ministry. 


1.  Ollie Murphy                                           2.  Ira "Sonny" Furrow

3.  James Myers                                          4.  David Workman

5.  Jerold Tear, Jr.                                       6.  Charles Fisher

7.  Byron Paddock                                       8.  Bob Paddock

9.  Jason Cole                                           10.  Seth Bryant

11.  Brian Chadwick                                    12.  Johnnie Tickle

13.  Kevin McNeil

                                                                                            Aldine St. Clair, First Minister