Situation and Burden
Initially, the church ground was taken in 1973. Approximately one year after the first table meeting was held in 1973, a consolidation of churches in this part of the country resulted in most of the saints in Memphis migrating to larger localities. It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that saints began to meet again in Memphis, but not yet as the church. It was not until 1994 that the church was established again in Memphis. There are now 55-60 brothers and sisters who regularly meet each Lord’s Day. The meeting hall is strategically located adjacent to the campus of the University of Memphis and is capable of seating 100.
The City of Memphis
Memphis is the second largest city in the state of Tennessee with a “city” population of over 670,000 and a “metro” population of 1,330,000, which includes parts of eastern Arkansas and northwest Mississippi, and is intersected by five major freight railroads and three Interstate Highways, I-40 and I-55, and the new I-22. The city lies on the banks of the Mississippi River (“Ol’ Man River”), which is the fourth longest river in the world.
Memphis is the site of the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center (UT’s medical and dental schools as well as other medical disciplines). Memphis is also home to FedEx, International Paper, and AutoZone corporate offices.
Population – 670,000
Median Household Income: $45,064
Racial Makeup: 63.3% Black, 24.9% White, 6.5% Hispanic, 1.6% Asian, 2.5% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races.