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Phil Campbell’s New Harmony Church marks 50 yearscomment (0)

September 3, 2009

It’s been 50 years in the making for New Harmony Baptist Church, Phil Campbell.

On Aug. 9, the Franklin Baptist Association church celebrated its 50th anniversary with a homecoming service that morning and lunch fellowship that afternoon. Before the service, people gathered in the foyer to look at pictures on display. During the service, several members gave testimonials of New Harmony Baptist and its earliest members and the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission presented the church with a plaque.

“Everyone was real excited,” said Donna Beasley, who has been a member for 30 years. “It was a big day for us.”

New Harmony began under the direction of 12 charter members Aug. 9, 1959.

“They saw the need in the community for this church, and they stepped out in faith,” Pastor Jerry Humphries said.

Over the past 50 years, New Harmony has made several additions to its building — Sunday School rooms, a foyer, two bathrooms, a pastor’s study and a nursery.

Beasley said her hope for the church is “that we can continue to grow and that we always seek God first.”

Humphries agreed.

“First thing I told them when I went there is that we have to grow as Christians,” he said. “The church is not going to grow unless we grow with it.”

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