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8/19/07- Ben Wheeler

First Baptist Church Celebrates 130 years Of Ministry

130 years. That's how many years First Baptist Church in Ben Wheeler has been opening it's doors to worshipers.  Today, church members, family, and friends celebrated with food, song, and prayer.

First Baptist church formed on August 20th, 1877 with just 24 members. Today, the church has grown to a congregation of more than 300. Pastor Carlton Young, says through the years, the church has been a beacon of light to the surrounding community.

" In a community like Ben Wheeler the church really provides a center of fellowship and relationships. It's really much like a family," Wheeler said.

First Baptist Church has retained their original minutes documents that date back to 1877.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

 

 

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