The Log Cabin Church

The Pinehurst Community Bible Church, previously named the Pine Creek Baptist Church was built in 1932. The building was supposed to have clean and simple lines and logs. The church is an outstanding example of the 1930s revival of the classic log cabin. This humble cabin was designed by John Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel, the same architectural team responsible for designing the Idaho State Capitol. The church went without a basement until the 1940s when it was remodeled to include one. The church once served as the elementary school for Pinehurst until the addition of the Pinehurst Grade School.

The church was once visited by controversy when June Yearout was a guest preacher not long after its construction. Yearout began preaching in 1930 when she was only 14 years old, and visited Pinehurst in 1933 when she would have been 17 years old. Male deacons of the church heavily opposed her sermon, but she was allowed to deliver it to the congregation regardless. Yearout began her travels when her father lost his job when she was 16 in 1932. Before her travels she gave her sermons in Berthoud, Colorado. Here she held services in her family's home and later an empty grocery store. The elders in the neighboring town of Denver were also opposed to her sermons and offered to pay her way through Bible college if only she would stop preaching for now. This opposition would not deter her from what she believed to be her true calling. Once her travels began she would travel across the Midwest and Pacific Northwest before settling in Sunnyside, Washington in 1936 where she would stay until 1958. She would briefly leave her church there to work with troubled youth near Cle Elm, Washingon. She would return to Sunnyside in 1960, and taught in the community until her death in 1998. Although her reputation as the young, woman evangelical would eventually fade she still remains a popular minister.

Currently the building still hosts a non-denominational church named The Pinehurst Community Bible Church.

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Community Baptist Church, 1980

Community Baptist Church, 1980

Courtesy of Patricia Wright and the Idaho State Historical Society, <http://history.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/Pine_Creek_Baptist_Church_82000361.pdf> View File Details Page

Architectural Detail

Architectural Detail

Detailling on the sides of the building that shows one of the characteristics of the log cabin style of building. Courtesy of Patricia Wright and the Idaho State Historical Society, <http://history.idaho.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/Pine_Creek_Baptist_Church_82000361.pdf> View File Details Page

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Anastasia Utke, “The Log Cabin Church,” Spokane Historical, accessed June 28, 2017, http://spokanehistorical.org/items/show/523.
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