E. V. Carrier
(Pastor from 1963 - 1968)
Here is Bro. Carrier's Autobiography:
I, E.V. (Ethrage Vernon) Carrier was born September 6, 1909. My
parents, Virgil and Mattie Martin Carrier, lived in a two room
boxed and stripped house setting in the open country at the time
of my birth. This home was beside the New Salem Baptist Church
in Lincoln County, Ky., on the headwaters of Green River. When I
was two weeks old, my father decided they needed a larger house
so he moved the two rooms across a small valley and attached
them to two other rooms that he had bought from a brother-in-law.
At that time, the children numbered three--two boys and a girl, namely: Vertriece
Carrier, deceased, E.V. (me) now residing at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and our sister
Iva Carrier, who died at the age of 4 years with the croup. After her death two more
girls were born into the family, Mrs. Madell Douglass of Louisville, Ky. and Mrs.
Roberta Childres, Demossville, Ky.
In the fall of 1933 I was asked to conduct the singing in a revival meeting at Liberty,
Kentucky. During that meeting I met Miss Gladys Ashley who was teaching school in
the city school system. Needless to say it was love at first sight and just a short year
and a few days later we were married on December 22, 1934 at McKinney, Kentucky.
We have two daughters, Mrs. Dixie Herring of Lakeland, Fla., and Vicki Carrier of
Elizabethtown, Kentucky. On September 6, 1922, 1 was converted during a revival
meeting at the New Salem Baptist Church in Lincoln County. The pastor was Rev. K.
G. Martin and the evangelist was Rev. Gash, pastor of Hustonville Baptist Church.
I started to school at the age of seven in a one room school called the Richard School
House. Mrs. C. D. Sims, now living in Okolona, Ky. was my teacher.
I did seven grades in this location. We only had six months of school at Richard. At
the close of my seventh year in school the family moved down the river into Casey
County. This move was made so we children would have a graded and high school to
attend. After graduating from high school, I enrolled in Eastern Teachers College at
Richmond, Kentucky and graduated from there with the Bachelor of Arts Degree. I
also attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Kentucky and
graduated with the Bachelor of Theology Degree. I taught school in Casey and Lincoln
County before I began my pastorial work. Then during the World War II, when men
became scarce as teachers, I was asked to teach and I taught two years during the
At about the age of 22 1 felt the call to preach. It was during a revival meeting at the
Middleburg Baptist Church and Rev. E. C. Stevins was the evangelist, Rev. B. E. Settles
was my partor. Bro. Settles was pastoring two churches, the one at Middleburg and
the First Baptist Church of Liberty, Kentucky.
When Gladys and I married, we decided to live at Liberty, so I moved my membership
to the church there. In the Spring of 1935 the Liberty Baptist Church called for my
ordination. Shortly after my ordination, I was called to pastor the Grove Baptist
Church in Casey County. After pastoring there for a few months, the Ellisburg Baptist
Church called me and that made me a full time pastor. I preached at Ellisburg on the
first and third Sundays and at Grove on the second and fourth. I served these two
churches about three years.
I was then called to the New Salem Church in Lincoln County. This was the church
where I was converted. We moved into a five room parsonage that sat on the same
spot where the two room house sat when I was born. Dixie was born while we lived
in this house.
After serving at New Salem for four years, we were called to McKinney Church and
while here I taught school during the war. We didn't stay at McKinney two years, but
we were able to build Sunday School rooms and double the Sunday School
attendance while there.
We then moved to Waynesburg, also in Loncoln County. I finished the Seminary while
pastoring here. This was our longest pastorate to this time at six years and two
months. From here we left the county and began our pastorate at Carlisle, Kentucky,
in January of 1949. Carlisle is the county seat of Nicholas County. It was here that
Vicki was born. During our stay at Carlisle, the church planned and adopted a
building program, but I resigned before the building was started. However, today
when I pass by the church, I think of that fine Sunday School building as the fruits of
We had been at Carlisle just a little over four years when we received a call from the
Crab Orchard Baptist Church. This was the second time the Crab Orchard Church had
invited me to be their pastor. So I said yes and we moved in March when Vicki was
one year old. They had a new building at Crab Orchard, but they hadn't organized to
fill it with people, so in September we elected teachers for every age group and set
out to double the attendance. We almost did. While at Crab Orchard, we were able to
pay off the building debt several years earlier than planned. We then redecorated the
church and bought new pews.
In January of 1960, I was called to Pioneer Baptist Church in Mercer County. I lived in
Harrodsburg--the church having no parsonage, I had to buy a house. Harrodsburg
was an old town, but the Pioneer Church was new, young, and poorly organized.
However, the fastest growing work I have ever had was here.
In June of 1963, I moved to Muldraugh Hill Baptist
Church in Marion County. It was here we set ourselves to
the task of paying off the church debt. Our White
Christmas Offering proved to be the way the Lord had of
challenging his people to a worthy task.
I am now serving at the Immanuel Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, Ky. I was
recognized this year in Who's Who in Kentucky, 1974. My longest pastorate was Crab
Orchard, 6 yrs. 10 mos; the next was Muldraugh Hill, 6 yrs. 7 mos., and if I live to the
last of December this year will be my next, 6 yrs. 1 mo. I plan to retire from the
pastorate January 1, 1975 and do supply work and revivals, plus many other things.
Bro. E. V. Carrier
The church received an invitation to Bro. & Mrs. E. V. Carrier’s 65th wedding
anniversary at Somerset, KY in December 1999. Bro. Carrier was a former pastor and
is now deceased.
Gladys Ashley Carrier, 94, died Thurs., Aug. 12, 2004. Pulaski Funeral Home in charge
History of Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church