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Religion isn't just something for Sunday mornings in Chatham County. Here, you'll find faith in action as people steadfastly abide by the strong, Christian values in which the county was founded. More than 140 churches represent essentially every denomination, and new churches are springing up to offer greater worship opportunities for Chatham County's growing Hispanic population.

These new institutions of faith are gracefully sprouting in the same fertile soil that house historic landmarks of Chatham's Christian heritage. These include the first Christian church founded in North Carolina, O'Kelley's Chapel Christian Church. This is one of the Chatham County churches steeped in enough history to be named on the National Register of Historic Places. Other historical churches include the Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal. This 25-by-40-foot wood structure has been standing for nearly two centuries three miles south of Pittsboro.

Throughout the countryside of Chatham County, old churches such as the Presbyterian Church of Pittsboro, built in 1848, are noticeable by their tower-and-bell construction. They remind residents and visitors of the important role religion has played in the life of folks from Chatham County throughout history.

County churches are still the anchor of this historically rich county whose faith continues to be demonstrated in an abundance of giving. Fundraising efforts for charitable causes here earn Chatham County national recognition, such as its rank as third in the nation for similar-sized communities in fundraising for Relay for Life. Government is marked by citizen groups that see helping their community prosper as a spiritual duty. You can find these dedicated denizens doing everything from backing up law enforcement to helping children succeed in Chatham County schools' after-school and tutoring programs.