The Pastors of the Ward Community Church

Pastors of Ward Community ChurchThe 1984 Ward Community Reunion Committee shared the following list of pastors of Ward Community Church in their booklet printed to share at the reunion and help fund the event.

T.B. Sheldon 06/23/19 to 08/31/20

M. H. Branham 09/01/20 to 08/31/28

B. H. Kessecker 09/01/28 to 08/31/29

Dr. Ross Culpepper 09/01/29 to 08/31/31

W. C. Strohmeyer 09/01/29 to 08/31/32

Dr. Clyde Hensley 09/01/32 to 08/31/33

Mamie Watley 09/01/33 to 05/01/40

From May to September 1940 the following filled the pulpit as a search for a new pastor took place:

Reverends Sexton, George Willis and Dan Burke

L. G. Clark 09/01/40 to 8/31/46

J. E. “Budd” Legg 09/01/46 to 8/31/50

Marion Mullens 09/01/50 to 8/31/51

Another 4 month stretch with no pastor occurs here.

Clarence B. Morton 01/01/52 to 01/31/54

J. E. “Budd” Legg again serves                  1954-1957

Howard Withrow 1957-1959

Ralph Keenan, Clifford Ramsey, Bill Barker, and Bod Dunford serve for unspecified terms following Reverend Withrow.

The Ward Community Church closed in April of 1970 and was torn down later that fall.

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  1. Tom Mason, Jr.

    I am the son of Phylis (Evalena) Legg and was born in Ward on September 21, 1939, the son of Thomas Paxton Mason and Phylis.

    Phone: 530-346-9915

    24090 Wagon Trail, Colfax, California, 95713

    • Lisa

      Hi Tom,

      I am the author of this blog, my mother was raised in Ward, WV and both of my grandmothers’ were born in or near there. There is little left these days to identify as Ward, WV. It was a coal mining town and so when the operations came to an end the buildings were all torn down. A few of the remaining residential homes were left but as I understand it even all of those have been cleared out recently. My aunt was still living there until just a couple of months ago and was recently told to leave with just a 30 day notice (she and her family were renting the lot on which they had a mobile home). For now, the annual Ward Community reunions continue each September. I have tried a number of times to get feedback from organizers and haven’t really gotten very far with that, but then I work full time and have been able to devote much time and effort to it. I live in Alabama so that makes it tough too. I have had plans to visit some (plenty of relatives in and around the area) but that just hasn’t worked out – still hopeful 🙂 You might be interested in joining a group I started on Facebook – West Virginia Genealogy, there is a Laverne McCombs Legg who is posting there, you may want to reach out to her. Here is the link to the group – Feel free to contact me with any specific requests and I’ll see if I can help in some way. Thanks for stopping by the blog 🙂 ~Lisa ( I also just noticed Laverne has posted a comment here in the blog as well if you didn’t see that already)

  2. Julia

    Your site is very difficult to read. You need to fix it!!!!!

    • Lisa Isbell

      What’s wrong that needs fixed? I don’t see any problems. Thanks.


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