The history of Cozaddale Baptist Temple is chronicled by Pastor Rick Sallee in his book "Cozaddale Baptist Temple - A History."
It was written in 2012 because of the need to study Ohio Baptist history. Both of our pastors knew it was necessary to find out
the history of our church. Extensive research, both locally and nationally, was conducted. Hundreds of hours were spent reading,
interviewing, and traveling in search of an accurate history of our church. Each fact was documented by two or three resources to
validate its accuracy.
Why is this study important?
First, we believe that true, local, New Testament churches have an unbroken line of history back to Christ. While many
records do not exist, primarily because they were destroyed in the Dark Ages and by other persecutors, we still believe this to be
true. We believe that a church can be organized only on the authority of its mother church. This promotes accountability and
purity of doctrine as the work is started.
We believe that we should be reminded of our past. The Bible makes many references to landmarks and tells us not to destroy them.
There have been believers who have sacrificed and spent themselves to further the Gospel. They believed in starting churches
where there were none so see others come to Christ. We honor their history and sacrifices by remembering what they did.
This study also makes a point that churches must also be planting new churches. So-called churches are springing up promoting a
Gospel and doctrine not consistent with the Bible. They have no ties to other local, true New Testament churches, and thus cannot be considered one
themselves. We believe that it is part of the Great Commission to start local churches.
The accounts listed below are a summary of the contents of this book that Pastor Sallee put together. The history begins with
First Baptist Church in Newport, RI.