Brush Run


Dr. Hal Doster

PowerPoint Presentation by Hal Doster, May 3, 2011

Harold (Hal) C. Doster is a graduate of Bethany College (WV), AB, D.Hum.(Hon.); Yale Divinity School, BD; and University of Michigan, MA, Ph.D. It was at Bethany that he first became interested in the Brush Run Church. In 1949 Hal’s grandmother, Lottie Mae Smith, took him to see the restored church structure on the Campbell Homestead. Following the Disciples 1909 Centennial Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lottie Mae and her husband, Brother C.C. Smith, participated in a project to restore the church. As a college freshman Hal helped dismantle the collapsing replica and place in storage the structural post & beam framework. In 1960 Hal was appointed to the administration and faculty of Bethany College following five years of rural pastoral unity ministry among six congregations along the Ohio River, three of which were founded during Brush Run Church years.

Hal’s interest in the Brush Run Church continued from the 1960s to the present. He arranged for Bethany College to purchase the original Brush Run Church site; made plans for a rebuilding effort on site; and chaired a Restoration Committee and Advisory Council, which undertook and completed archeological studies and research for a future authentic reproduction/rebuilding.

Dr. Doster’s ministries have taken him to seven states as a “circuit rider,” pastor, coach, instructor, program director, professor, dean, college president, interim minister, and chaplain. Presently he coordinates Echoes of Voices from Brush Run ( and a developing program, Reconciliation Research and Resources (


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