By Callie Metler-Smith
When Stamford became a town in 1900, it brought with it many things. There are tales of people lining up lumber along the sides of their plots in the race to have the first building in Stamford. Religion was no different. First Baptist Church and St. John's Methodist Church both started meeting in groves of trees in the early days of Stamford. In the same spirit, the Church of Christ established three different churches: Orient Street Church of Christ, Oliver Street Church of Christ, and Davenport Street Church of Christ. Over the years the churches slowly melded together, and after the Oliver Street Church of Christ sold their building in 1985 to Stamford ISD to be used as a Kindergarten Building, all three congregations came together on the Orient Street Church of Christ campus in the current building, which was built in 1956. The Stamford Church of Christ has hosted some major figures in the church, such as Foy E. Wallace Jr.
This year's school homecoming will be extra special for the present and past members of Orient Street Church of Christ as they are coordinating the weekend with their 113th anniversary events. The church is encouraging everyone to go to the homecoming game against the Seymour Panthers at Bill Anderson Stadium. Then the church will be hosting an ice cream social to honor the former pastors, teachers, and other people involved in the church. They will have old bulletins dating back to the 30s on display, and have documents from all three churches. They are also encouraging anyone that can't make it to write a letter for others to read. On Sunday, October 6 at 10:30, the church will have a special service.
The church currently has around 100 members. Wes Horn has serviced as the pastor for the past 11 years. Horn is married to Rebecca and they have three kids, Caleb who is in 10th grade, Noah an 8th grader, and Gideon who is in Kindergarten.
The church currently has three elders: Don Cobb, Mike Sloan, and S. J. Westbrook and six deacons: Brad Bevel, John Ekdahl, Rex Detamore, Rex Ford, Cary Davis, and Fred Selby. They currently have Sunday Bible Classes starting at 9:30 every Sunday morning, and morning worship at 10:30. On Sunday nights they break into small groups hosted by Don Cobb, Fred Selby, and Wes Horn. On Wednesday they host Wacky Wednesday for elementary age kids, and Bible study for Junior High and High school as well as Adult Bible School.
The church has several outreach programs, such as being part of the Ministerial Alliance and co-sponsoring the local trunk or treat. They help support a missionary in the Philippians and also donate to three children's homes.