About This Site
possible to read your Bible, and from your reading, see that in the New
Testament there is a Church that Jesus established? Is it possible to see in the
Bible, that God set forth His standard of acceptance in salvation, worship,
church organization and daily living? Is it possible to follow the teachings of
God, revealed in the New Testament, to direct our lives in the same way as He
did first century Christians?
The answer to
all the questions above is a resounding, Yes! For since the writing of the New
Testament, men and women of all walks of life have studied their Bibles, and
seen how one, even to this day, can become a Christian the way those in New
Testament times became Christians. They have seen how one can establish the
Church of the New Testament and emulate its structure, worship, and activity.
to the New Testament pattern does not begin with or is limited to the work of
people in North America. People all around the world for centuries have been
searching and following the Scriptures as their only standard of
faith and practice. Historically, when they searched the Scriptures, obeyed the gospel,
and worshipped as the Bible directs then they considered one another as brethren. Many
who did this never were aware that others were doing the same things in other
locations around the globe. Efforts continue to learn about these people and
remember their efforts.
rightfully expressed that we should always remember to stop and show
appreciation for the bridges we have crossed. For the Christian this is
especially true! Not only are we to be thankful for the work of the apostles and
early church workers in the 1st century A.D., but we should also remember the
value of all those since who have directed others to give up the shackles of
religious error, only to take on the truth revealed in God's Word.
is dedicated to the many men and women who have struggled in the Restoration Of
New Testament Christianity, to take us back to the Bible, and to let it be our
only standard of faith and practice.
Note: The material on this site is free to be used by anyone wishing to
enhance their own knowledge and for the teaching of others. Though not
necessary, references to this site when reporting sources in papers and
publications would be greatly appreciated. In so doing, the usefulness
of this site will increase, as it is made available to other interested
students of the Restoration Movement. The information given on this site does not
necessarily represent the position or beliefs of the webmaster. The
purpose of this site is only to report historical events and people as
they were presented in their historical setting. Any attempts to revise
or change the facts have been avoided. Questions and corrections are
always appreciated. Feel free to email your
site is officially owned and operated under the oversight of the
eldership of the
Buford Church of Christ, Buford, Georgia, U.S.A.
How This Site Came To Be
TheRestorationMovement.com is a site dedicated to
the history of the
restoring of New Testament Christianity all around
the globe over the last
several hundred years.
Many men and women have
dedicated themselves to the preaching and teaching of the original
gospel who have been all but forgotten.
Your webmaster is Scott Harp. I obeyed the gospel
of Jesus Christ by way
of repentance, confession of Christ, and of full
immersion in water on June 5, 1968. History marks this date with the
event in California when Robert Kennedy, a Democratic candidate for
president of the United States, was mortally wounded at the
hands of Sirhan Sirhan. Interestingly, I realized I was dead in sin that day,
and was made alive in Christ by the same power that raised Him from the
dead through baptism, Romans 6:3,4.
I attended Greater Atlanta Christian School from 1970-1976. While in the
11th grade my American History teacher was a young Harding College (now
University) graduate named, David Fincher. This class was a turning
point in my high school education. He made history come alive for me and
my fellow students. During my senior year, I took Mr. Fincher's class on
World History and Government. Every class was a joy. I had decided that
I would go to college and become a history teacher myself.
Upon entrance at Freed-Hardeman College (now University) in the fall of
1976 I eagerly took the first class I could get on history.
Unfortunately, the class I had was at 7:30 am three days a week, and the
teacher was mono-toned and boring. Sadly, this vanquished the desire I
had to teach school. I ended up dropping out of college for a few years
I began preaching while on a one-year tour of mission work
with my parents in New Zealand in late 1981. This is where I met my
wife, Jenny. One year turned into four years, a wife and a set of twins.
We returned to the U.S. at the end of 1985 to go back to college to
finish my education, now with the focus on Bible. The appeal for the
study of history was all but forgotten at this point.
In 1986 I attended Heritage Christian University
(then, International Bible College) in Florence, Alabama. Some of the
first people I met were Wayne and Brenda Kilpatrick. Later I would come
to see the Kilpatricks as some of the closest friends I ever had. Charlie
Wayne Kilpatrick, a North Alabamian, and Christian gentleman, taught the
history courses at HCU. My first class was World History II, the
semester of 1986. I shall never forget this class. It was a course over
the period from Martin Luther and the 16th century to the present. At semester's end
Jenny and I accompanied Wayne on a Bible Campaign to Newport,
Wales in the British Isles. We had never been to Great Britain before.
However, from the time we walked off the plane in London to the time we
left, we relived the class I had just completed. We saw many of the
things we had only weeks before, learned and discussed
thousands of miles away. An added
blessing was that my teacher was along for the ride. It was like having
your own travel guide. Wayne had been stationed in England in the Air
Force back in the 1960s, and later he and Brenda did mission work there.
So he knew the area. He literally made history come alive for me. For
this experience I shall ever be in his debt.
I shall never forget a story I heard Charles
Coil, then president of
HCU, tell. He said that Wayne Kilpatrick knew so
much information about history that he was sure that Wayne was making
much of it up. Then he had the opportunity to go to England with him,
where Wayne was a travel guide for him, and he was absolutely amazed
that the half had not been told concerning the knowledge this man had.
After going to England with him myself, I fully concurred. He is one of
the most humble, knowledgeable and sound men I have ever known. He is my
friend, and my confidant.
This site would never have been done had it not been for his
In the fall of 1986, I began taking every History
course Wayne Kilpatrick taught. When the class on the Restoration
Movement was taken, I was so seasoned with an appreciation for secular
history, that being introduced to the history of the church was a
natural progression. I was a sponge soaking up every detail that
proceeded from Wayne's mouth. Then one day we took a class trip out to a
little cemetery north of Florence on the Chisholm highway. It was
located behind an old house, and had maybe a dozen graves in it. It was
the gravesites of John and Esther Chisholm.
Their daughter, Dorenda Chisholm Hall, the first wife of B.F.
Hall, was also buried there. What an introduction! Yet again, Wayne
made history come alive, by connecting the relating of history taught in
the class room to seeing firsthand where these people lived, died and
Over the course of the next three years other
trips to Tennessee, Kentucky and ultimately West Virginia made the
Restoration Movement very much a part of what I lived and breathed. I
had taken so many pictures of graves and meetinghouses that I didn't know
what to do with them. I needed a way to tell people about them, and show
them the pictures. I came very quickly to the realization, especially in
the U.S., that anywhere a person is at any one time, they are within a
short distance from where work in the restoring of New Testament
Christianity had taken place.
In 2000, I was working with the church at
Fayetteville, Georgia. One of the young men
of the church, Charles Nash, went on a
trip with me around the end of May. We went up to Kentucky and met Wayne
Kilpatrick. He had another group of students with him from HCU. We met
the group and traveled around Lexington with them for a few days. While
there we went out to Cane Ridge, a place I had visited a number of
times, but one I always enjoy revisiting. While there I was
conversing with one of the curators, Robert Steffer, and showed him my photo album. I shall never forget
his visual response as he looked at page after page. Upon completion he
said, "I have been privileged to see many things that people have
brought to Cane Ridge and showed me. Of all the things I've seen, I've
not coveted anything like I have this photo album. What a wonderful
After this visit and then to other sites in Kentucky, I began
scheming as to how I might get the information I have collected over the
years into the hands of others. Many have encouraged me to write books.
This may be done someday, but the circle of people interested in the
history of the RM is so small, that books would be too expensive to
produce. In addition, the fact that this is such a growing project, any
books that would be produced would be obsolete by the time it went to
press. It was around that time that I was talking with my good friend,
Tom Childers, who advised me of the potential power of the world wide web being
used to get information to the masses. Taking his advice seemed to be a
natural course for what took place very soon thereafter. Building a site
me the opportunity to work at my leisure and my own pace to build something
over a period of time that could be used for generations to come.
This is how this site was born. It began as a
subweb of www.fcoc.com, the church
site of the congregation where I was the pulpit minister. Very quickly the need to acquire
our own domain name was seen. I tried numerous ways to get a brief
domain name, but potential addresses were already taken. Finally, http://www.TheRestorationMovement.com
was decided upon. Now I am working with the
Buford Church of Christ as
pulpit minister, and am now operating this site under the oversight of
the eldership there.
Some have questioned the nature of the article
"The" at the first as being too arrogant and exclusive.
However the nature of this site is to chronicle the work of anyone and
everyone in the world who has seen the need to go back to the Bible and
hold to its exclusive authority for all religious matters. Contrary to
the beliefs of some, the Restoration Movement did not start in this
country. Thomas Campbell did not invent the concept of "We will
speak where the Scripture speaks, and remain silent where it is
silent." It came from the Bible itself. People have read it in
their Bibles, and chosen to follow it because the Bible taught it, who
never had even heard of Thomas or Alexander
Campbell. Many predate the lives of the Campbells and Barton
W. Stone who also lived in other countries. Many of them have been
chronicled on this site, and others will be as knowledge of them come to
Some have objected to the acknowledgement of the
contributions of the Christian Churches and Disciples of Christ as a
part of this site.
would imagine the objection comes because of my connection with
many in churches of Christ. Though I personally believe that churches of
Christ more closely resemble the church of the New Testament than the
other two groups, we can not afford to forget that we, at one time, were
together as one movement. Many who ultimately embraced the instrument
and societies made contributions that must not be forgotten. The
disclaimer is made on the homepage that the information related on this
site does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of the webmaster. Facts of
history should not be forgotten because they do not fit within one's own
theology. Many in our society are looking at history through
"rose-colored glasses," seeing the history they want to see,
and dismissing facts that do not fit with their own
system. There are
revisionists of church history among us. Just because an event is
reported in a book, or on a website does not make it true. All the more
reason for reporting the events as they were reported in history as
closer the reporting of events are to the actual events themselves,
presents the most reliable and valid sources for the student of history.
This is why many of the biographical sketches on this site were
taken from sources made available in or near the day of the life of the
individual who is being chronicled.
Again, this is a growing project. The Lord
willing, as time goes on, others from around the globe will be added.
This is done so we will never forget to be thankful for the
"bridges we have crossed," and for those that built them. As
Wayne Kilpatrick often said in his classes, "We are standing on the
shoulders of giants!" This site is dedicated to those giants, male
and female, who by their sacrificial lives, pointed us to the Man of the
cross, and worked diligently in their lives not to be like the
church of the New Testament, but simply to be that church, with nothing
added or taken away.
Much effort has gone into the production of this site, not only to be
enjoyable for the student of the Restoration Movement, but to be
accurate. I welcome any corrections or additions that may help to make
this site the very best it can be. If facts presented here are disputed,
produce the facts that dispute them, and they will be considered and