In the spring of 1957, efforts were initiated to establish a congregation of the Lord’s church in the Tusculum community. Leaflets were distributed to approximately 500 homes in the area, announcing an organizational meeting to be held on May 21 at the vacant drive-in Open-Air Market building at 390 Haywood Lane. Letters were also sent out to surrounding congregations, inviting representatives to attend the meeting. Approximately 75 people were in attendance at that first meeting, and the decision was made that a congregation should be established immediately.
On June 2, 1957, about 120 people attended the first worship assembly, and about 42 placed membership, representing a total of 21 families. Two of these charter members (Bobby and Mildred Mullins) are still worshiping with the congregation to this day. The congregation was made up of very young families, the majority of which were under 30 years of age. The congregation had not been named at this time. The first few worship assemblies were conducted in the Open-Air Market building. It was really open-air because the sides could be completely opened by sliding the doors to the back of the
building. This was in the hot summer time, and these doors were opened during the service because of the heat. During one of the services, a rainstorm with strong winds came up, and water was blown into the building before the doors could be closed. Many of the people in the building were wet from
the wind and rain.
At that time, the surrounding community in which the congregation was planted was developing into residential subdivisions, and the congregation experienced rapid growth very early on. Detailed records are not available as to when individual members identified with the congregation. However, the following families were listed as members of the congregation as of June 1958 and are still members to this day: Dale & Shirley Brown; Beth Burgess; Peggy Clifton; Enoch Hartman; Dick & Clemmye Hays; Mary King; Willene Litton; Bobby & Mildred Mullins; Martha Pulley; Gwendolyn Watson; Maurine York.
On December 15, 1957, the congregation started meeting at 4916 Nolensville Road. On April 6, 1969, a new auditorium was completed at that same address. This was the meeting place for the congregation until it moved into its current facility at 6117 Nolensville Road in November of 2006. Around 770 Christians are now listed on the church membership roll, and hundreds more have made Tusculum their church home in the past.
If you would like to read more detailed information about Tusculum’s history, Bobby Mullins compiled a vast amount of information and put it in book form. The majority of the information you are reading here was taken from that book.
Contact the church office if you would like to secure a copy of this information. Ray Falconberry also wrote the book Tusculum’s Golden Anniversary back in 2007. It is very interesting reading. It lists: ministries, meetings, members, missions, baptisms, births, weddings, big events, etc. I recommend you read it if you would like to learn more about the history of the Tusculum church family.
The Tusculum congregation is now 60 years old and is still playing an important role in the surrounding community, extending all around the world. Only God knows the ultimate good she has done and the legacy she will leave before the Lord returns. That will largely depend on those of us who make up the congregation both now and into the future. Statistically, church growth experts say that only 2 percent of churches over 50 years old in America are showing any kind of growth. We’re thankful that Tusculum is one of those churches. God has blessed the efforts of this church family for six decades now.
May we all stay zealous in seeking the continued achievement of our God-given goals. We are proud of our past, but may we never focus more on our past than what God has in store for our future. The future looks bright, and it will be even brighter with you in it. To God be the glory for the great things He has done and will do as we move forward in His name.―Steve Cumming, Pulpit Minister