Rhode Island

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See Branches of Plymouth Brethren to explain abbreviation types (although in short: OB (& TW-P) are Halls & Chapels within the "open brethren" (although GH's (generally) maintain a separate network from the Chapels). EB/TW/TW-N are "Careful" Brethren (similar to OB Halls), and BC are (generally) independent community churches with early or indirect PB influence, and will (usually) not consider themselves "Brethren").  AA/CA refers to assemblies of African or Caribbean origin, or predominant demographic, although all ethnicities are overly welcome in any assemblies.

The above primer link expands on the abbreviations, and also contains introduction to this (and other) sheets within the overall History. There have been scores of branches with their own distinctive networks and strengths within the history of the PB, and many branches continue to flourish today, and while no assembly or gathering is identical to the others, each is thought to maintain a fervent desire for simplicity in gathering around the Lord Jesus, though practices and secondary doctrines may vary culturally and/or preferentially as autonomous (yet inter-dependent) local churches.

Assemblies are sorted geographically, and will, D.V., eventually have further history within. Red links on Brethrenpedia are presently undeveloped, and blue links contain data. Appreciate patience with our progress, and if you'd like to help, please contact any of the editing team, preferably via social media.

Eastern R.I.

Bristol County (Providence/Warwick metro)


  • Barrington Gospel Hall, RI (OB) +1889-1943+
    • Barrington Centre Meeting Room (EB) +1889+
    • Robt. Chapman’s home @ Ferry Lane +1926-1943+
    • c/o D.A. Greene +1889+; William Chapman, Barrington Centre +1889-1904+; Robert J. Chapman +1926-1943+;
    • 1926 USCoRB indicated that there were 19 in fellowship (8 men, 11 women) including 1 S.S. teacher, presiding over 18 children (for a total of 37 in 1926). The Hall met in a large room in Robert Chapman's home, paying $120 in rent and $350 was additionally spent towards the Lord's work in 1926.

  • Barrington Meeting Room, RI (EB) +1889-1909; (TW) 1909-1927+
    • Barrington Meeting Room +1901-1908+
    • c/o D.A. Greene +1889+; William Chapman, Barrington Centre +1889+; Walter Robinson +1896-1911+; Mrs. Walter Robinson +1914-1917+; Mrs. Anna Robinson +1923-1927+;
    • also see Barrington Gospel Hall, RI


  • Hope Bible Chapel, RI (OB) 1969-1990
    • High St. 1969-1974; Wood St. 1975-1982; Leila Jean Dr. 1983-1988?
    • c/o Wesley Gardner

Newport County


Central R.I.

Kent County (Providence/Warwick metro)


  • Buttonwoods Bible Chapel, RI (OB) +1958/1997-‘’’2021+’’’
    • Providence Assembly of Christian Brethren aka Providence Gospel Hall +1916-1956; Buttonwoods Gospel Chapel +1958-1996;
    • @ Main St. +1904+; 850 Westminster St. +1926+; home of Archibald Murdock, Sand Pond, Norwood +1927+; Elmwood Ave. +1943-1957; West Shore Rd. 1957-1960; Buttonwoods Ave. 1961-present
    • c/o Archibald Murdock +1927+
    • 1926 USCoRB indicated that there were 51 in fellowship (23 men, 28 women) including 6 S.S. teachers, presiding over 5 children (for a total of 56 in 1926). The Hall was a rented facility (with $500 in expenses).

West Warwick

Northern R.I.

Providence County (Providence/Warwick metro)

Central Falls



  • Pawtucket Gospel Hall, RI @ 412 Lonsdale Ave. (OB) Late 1800's/1916-1982
    • property turned over to Portuguese Christians in the mid-1980's
    • c/o James Crawford, 119 Hendrick St., Central Falls (b. 1863 N.I., emig. 1885) +1927+
      • worked +1900-1910+ as a cloth folder, and +1920-1930+ as a bleachery inspector
      • lived @ Central Falls +1900-1935+
    • 1926 USCoRB indicated that there were 181 in fellowship (63 men, 118 women) including 12 S.S. teachers, presiding over 120 children (for a total of 301 in 1926). The Hall had a value of $15,000.

Southern R.I.

Washington County


Niantic Reservation


  • Westerly Gospel Chapel, RI (OB) +1904-1984
    • Westerly Gospel Hall +1904-1960
    • 62 Main St. +1904+; 111 W. Broad St. +1927-1983
    • c/o William W. Jessiman, 31 Moss St. +1927+