History

The Benton Christian church had its beginning on December 3, 1836. The church was organized under the leadership of Elders John Ellis and John Sutton.  These two were influenced by the teaching of Alexander Campbell who along with Barton Stone began what is known in church history as the restoration movement. The movement sought to restore the church and "the unification of all Christians in a single body patterned after the church of the New Testament."

The essential beliefs of the movement were the belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that Christians should celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first day of the week and that baptism of adult believers by immersion in water is a necessary condition for salvation as described in the New Testament.

The Benton Christian Church has been a faithful witness in this community for the past 175 years.

 Photograph of Barton W. Stone                                  
            Barton Stone                                                        Alexander Campbell