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West Virginia State Folk Festival

Music, Heritage, and Appalachian  Culture

Lots to do at the Festival

Job’s Temple 2016

By Judy Meads


Pastor Randy Wilson of Glenville Community Church will be the speaker and will lead the music at this year’s service at historic Job's Temple located nine miles from Glenville on Route 5 West.  When he was 20 years old, Pastor Randy was called to serve his church which began in a trailer on Walnut Street in Glenville.  The congregation first built a sanctuary, and recently added a beautiful Fellowship Hall and a Youth Center.  Randy says that he and his wife, Cindy, are a team with her leading adult Sunday  school as well of the youth, and both of them working with the music.

A native of Ritchie County in the Smithville area, Randy graduated from Harrisville High School.  He has served the Glenville Community Church for 38 years, leading them to grow many times over the original congregation.

Folk Festival Belles, who come to Job’s Temple in their beautiful costumes,are the honored guests at the service, which is the last event of the Festival.

Job’s Temple was 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., incorporated in 1978, oversees the preservation of the church building, provides perpetual care for the cemetery and grounds, and organizes homecomings each year.

The Folk Festival Committee appreciates the Job’s Temple Association, Inc and its officers and members in welcoming this service to this very special house of worship.

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West Virginia State Folk Festival, Inc.

P.O. Box 362

Glenville, WV 26351