Job’s Temple 2015
By Judy Meads
The last event of the WV
State Folk Festival is a church service like no other because it is held in
Job’s Temple, a log structure established in the late 1850’s when
congregants with southern sympathies withdrew from Pisgah Methodist Episcopal
Church located approximately two miles east of this site. Job’s Temple, now on the National Register of
Historic Places, was finished after the men returned to the community following
the Civil War.
Regular services were conducted until 1912 when the church
fell in disrepair. During the 1930’s,
interest was revived for the preservation of the building and the annual
homecomings began in 1936. Over 140
graves are on the property with the oldest being 1870.
Job’s Temple Association Inc. oversees the preservation of
the church building, provides perpetual care for the cemetery and grounds, and
organizes homecomings each year. They
love the old church so much that they recently worked to build retaining walls
to hold back the drifting hillside from pushing on the sanctuary. They made repairs to the foundation and roof,
using tools and methods of the first builders including hauling in logs with a
team of horses.
Worship here is very special. The congregation sits on log benches. There is no electricity, only the rays of the
sun coming through the open windows, and the light of God. Voices resound in old-time harmony off the
log walls and ceiling.
Each year the Job’s Temple Association holds an annual
Homecoming in August to which all are welcome.
They are currently selling books, which will be available on the day of
the service, telling the history, events and people associated with this very
special house of worship. The Folk Festival Committee appreciates the Job’s
Temple Association, Inc. and its officers for permission to conclude the
Festival with this very special event.
Pastor Karen Kinney will be
the speaker at Job's Temple located nine miles from Glenville on Route 5 West.
In October, 2014, Pastor Karen
was ordained as a minister and installed as the pastor of the Glenville
Presbyterian Church on Route 5 West.
She was born in Welch, WV, McDowell County, where her father was also
born and raised. Her parents – Fred and
Gerry Robinson – moved the family to Baltimore when she was six. She has fond memories of trips back to
Raysal, WV where her grandparents lived.
Since she was in high
school, Pastor Karen has been involved in church leadership and education. Her undergraduate study was at Towson State
University, then Union Presbyterian Seminary, and finally at Wesley Theological Seminary where
she received a Masters of Divinity.
In the 80’s Pastor Karen
served as an intern pastor at Glen Elg United Methodist Church in MD where she
was also responsible for youth education and spiritual development. While there, she helped the congregation
become active in ministry of homeless people.
In an internship with Charles Town WV Presbyterian Church, she did a
10-day immersion experience at the Carlisle, PA Truck Stop Ministry, learning
about Christian hospitality and pastor care.
For over thirty years, Karen was employed in the nonprofit sector as a
fundraiser, grant maker, and consultant working with hundreds of local and
national nonprofit organizations.
Pastor Karen is very
interested in ecumenical work with other pastors and congregations of Gilmer
County. Students, faculty and staff at Glenville State College are a priority
to her as well, and she enjoys attending campus events.
Karen is the mother of two children. Justin is a student at Marshall University
and Jessica is pursuing a degree at Shepherd University.
Pastor Karen Kinney, the
Job’s Temple Association, and the WV State Folk Festival Committee cordially
invite you to experience this unique service of worship at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday,
June 21, 2015.