Dedicated in the spring of 2005, the J. Ward Buckner Heritage Room includes a collection of records, photos, documents and other items recounting the rich history of Rocky River Baptist Church. Though the room is now open, it is still being developed; a large display case will be added soon, and church records in the collection will be better organized in the coming months.
The room was created to provide a place where members and guests can learn about church history and where researchers may find resources on one of the area's earliest Baptist congregations. The J. Ward Buckner Room was established in his former Sunday School classroom across from the current Adult I classroom and includes the collection, exhibits and a computer, with scanner and printer, for use by those interested in reviewing or submitting material.
church meeting minutes wmu meeting minutes digital historic photos historic church furniture newspaper clippings photo albums church history quilt various documents and keepsake items
J. Ward Buckner, 1908-1989
A native of Chatham County who grew up in the Rocky River Baptist Church community, J. Ward Bucker received a recommendation to preach in 1927 before studying at Mars Hill College and Wake Forest University, where he graduated in 1933. During his distinguished career, Pastor Buckner served churches in Rowan and Sandy Creek Associations, among others, before moving back to his homeplace and Rocky River Baptist in 1952. Back home, he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School and participated on many committees, eventually leaving Rocky River to help establish Brookdale Baptist Church.