The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
An early church organization was the Associate (Seceder) Presbyterian Congregation of Bethel, organized in August 1836 by Rev. James B. Bruce under the care of the Presbytery of Miami.
Joseph W. Kendall and Joseph Rankin were installed as ruling elders and among the constituent members were the Rankins, Kendalls, Whites, Andrews, Gibsons, Bests Lants and others.
The first pastor was the Rev. Wm. Bruce, who was settled over the church about a year after its organization or in 1837.
1911 History of Henderson County