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Impacting a broken and hurting world
with the Christ of redeeming love.

How Annville Institute Was Founded

Just over 100 years ago (1909) Rev. William Worthington was sent on a task that changed the southern part of Jackson County, Kentucky forever, Rev. Worthington was looking for a piece of land on which to locate a school. His vision was for some sort of technical school to help promote his vision of "complete living for the mountain people." The story is told of how Rev. Worthington found a possible location near the community called Annville and how he went up to the highest point on the property and sat under an Oak tree. He took out a piece of meat packing paper on which he proceeded to sketch out his vision for the property. The center piece of the drawing was a large grand classroom building to be called Lincoln Hall. The beautiful property with its rolling hills and large meadows was purchased and the Annville Institute started that Fall.

Rev. Worthington's vision lives on. A hundred years later the Institute is closed but the campus now is the home of five non-profit organizations that still strive to make a "complete living for the mountain people".

Our History

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William Worthington on the road 1909  1909   Annville Institute founded William Worthington on the road 1909 William Worthington 1909
Reverend and Mrs. William Worthington on the road from McKee to Annville 1909

Lincoln Hall 1910-1921  1921   Original Lincoln Hall destroyed by a fire Lincoln Hall 1910-1921
Lincoln Hall before it burned down 1910-1921

Lincoln Hall Rebuilt  1922 & 1923   Lincoln Hall Rebuilt Lincoln Hall Rebuilt
Lincoln Hall Rebuilt 1923

Hacker Gym  1930   Hacker Gym Built Hacker Gym
Hacker Gym (present day)

   1978   Controversial decision to close the Annville
      Institute School

JCM Cross  1979   JCM is formed and takes over management
      of the campus of the Annville Institute JCM Cross
Jackson County Ministies Cross

Annville Christian Academy  1985   Annville Christian Academy is started. Annville Christian Academy
Annville Christian Academy (current picture)

Barnabas Home interior picture  1988   Barnabas Home is started Barnabas Home interior picture
Barnabas Home

Horse riding at HMEO  2008   High Mountain Equine Outreach moves onto
     campus Horse riding at HMEO
Horse riding at HMEO

Beth's Blessing - Rock House  2012   Beth's Blessing Teen Challenge Center for
      Women starts operating on campus Beth's Blessing - Rock House
Beth's Blessing - Rock House

Grace Covenant Ministries  2016   Jackson County Ministries changes
      its name to Grace Covenant Ministries Grace Covenant Ministries
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