Across the country, houses of faith play an important role in a community’s daily life. Their buildings provide important resources and much-needed space for fellowship; their open doors bring people together for worship.
Since its founding in 1924, The Duke Endowment has had a close relationship with rural United Methodist churches in
James B. Duke grew up knowing the significance that churches held in rural communities. "My old daddy always said that if he amounted to anything in life it was due to the Methodist circuit riders who frequently visited his home and whose preaching and counsel brought out the best that was in him," he once said. "If I amount to anything in this world, I owe it to my daddy and the Methodist church."
In the Indenture of Trust that created The Duke Endowment, James B. Duke set aside support for the building and maintenance of United Methodist churches in rural
A new book, “Legacy of Faith,” celebrates those churches, their architecture, history and service. Commissioned by The Duke Endowment, the book is available in North Carolina at Cokesbury stores and at the Gothic Bookshop at Duke University.
With photographs by Tim Buchman and stories by Laura Phillips, the book is intended to show the diversity of communities in
Robert R. Webb III
Director of Rural Church