Berea Baptist Church

Berea Baptist Church officially organized in 1920 in the Crab Creek community near Flat Rock.
But members of the Capps family had conducted worship services in their homes for several generations before the church officially organized.
Cornelius Capps first settled in the community near the site of the church. He was born about 1792 and died about 1860. His wife was Ester Kuykendall Capps. Two of their sons, Cornelius Capps Jr. and Mitchell Capps, also raised their families in the community.
In 1958 the wooden church burned and a new building was erected.
The oldest marked grave stones in the church cemetery are those of A.J. Capps, 1862-1884, and G.E. Shepherd, 1881-1884.
The grave site of one Confederate veteran is located in the cemetery.
John Capps enlisted in the 69th Regiment N.C. Troops (7th Regiment N.C. Cavalry). His name was reported on a bounty roll. He died in 1899.
The grave site of a veteran of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War is also located in the cemetery.
Joseph Volney Pace served with the 1st N.C. Volunteer Infantry, Co. D, Hospital Corps. He enlisted and mustered into service in 1898; mustered out of service in 1899. His unit served in Cuba for a few months as part of the occupation forces after the war ended.
He re-enlisted and served again with the Army Hospital Corps during the Philippine-American War. He was based at the hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif., in 1904. By 1905 he was based at Camp Dewey in Manila, Philippines.  He was later based at the hospital at Camp Wallace on Luzon, Philippines. In 1910 he was based at the hospital at the Army post at San Antonio, Texas. He was discharged prior to 1917. He died in 1958.