In 1844 the founding fathers of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church had a vision to provide a place of worship for people living in that eastern part of Crittenden County. This first church was originally called Clear Spring Church.
They met in a grove of trees near Piney Fork Creek and organized a presbytery, appointed an elder and a moderator. The members of the presbytery included Elders I. W. Mansfield, moderator and I. E. Grace clerk who together with Elder Clayburn Wilson and brother I. G. Calvert, Wm. Hobby and John Crider. The following day they set the time and date for the first service - May 24, 1844.
The original log structure of Clear Spring Church burned. It was rebuilt in 1921 and the name was changed to Shady Grove Missionary Baptist church.
In Sept. 1994 the church held a 150th year celebration. It is still an active church today.
Picture made in March of 2010.