Big Creek is one of the most historic and well-loved congregations in Irwin County. Many members have shared memories over the years.
In almost every story about Big Creek is an appreciation for its long-serving pastor, Reuben J. Eldridge. A memorial in front of the church notes the years of his pastorate (September 1937-August 1980). His grandson, David Martin, writes: “Pap” Eldridge was my granddaddy and he pastored at Big Creek for 40 years…literally until the day he died. He and Granny Eldridge lived next to me and I remember him teaching other young preachers about the Bible in his home. The pastor of Big Creek, now, was one of those young men. Brother Reuben, as some called him, was one of the most gracious men to ever set foot in a pulpit. He could preach hard, but he could also love gently.