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8/19/07-Ben Wheeler

East Texas Church Celebrates 130 Years

One hundred and thirty years old.  That's how many years First Baptist Church in Ben Wheeler has been opening it's doors to worshipers.  Sunday, church members, family and friends celebrated with food, song and prayer.  First Baptist Church formed on August 20th 1877 with just 24 members. Today, it has grown to a congregation of more than 300.  Members say 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, and so it's really much like a family," said First Baptist Church Pastor Carlton Young.  The church stills has its original minutes that were recorded back in 1877.

LaKesia Shockley, Reporting. lshockley@kltv.com


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