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Brundidge’s Springfield Church celebrates sesquicentennialcomment (0)

November 5, 2009

Like a tree planted by a stream, Springfield Baptist Church, Brundidge, has flourished in the same place for 150 years.

The Salem-Troy Baptist Association church celebrated this landmark anniversary Sept. 20. The celebration came a few months earlier than the actual anniversary date of Dec. 10 so that it would coincide with the church’s annual homecoming celebration.

About 265 people were in attendance, said Pastor Ken Baggett. Average attendance for the morning worship service is about 75.

During the anniversary celebration, presentations were made by the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission and Salem-Troy Association. A meal followed in the fellowship hall.

Frances Graham, who has been a member of Springfield Baptist since 1937, thinks she knows why the church is alive and well — the commitment of church members to reach their community and the leadership of good pastors.

She noted that Baggett, who has served the congregation since February 2006, is one of those pastors.

“We just love him. He’s God-sent to us and he loves everybody,” Graham said.

The church’s history indicates that it was organized as The Baptist Church of Christ at Springfield on Dec. 10, 1859. The church was built on 2.5 acres donated by W.H. Adams.

The first documented structure was a building measuring 41 feet by 36 feet by 14 feet. The building has been remodeled several times.

Through the years, additions to the church campus have included a new sanctuary in 1982, a pastorium in 1997 and a fellowship hall in 2003.

As the physical structure grew so did the number of ministries and people it housed. Sunday School classes were organized in 1925. Baptist Training Union, which is now called Discipleship Training, started in 1948.

The church saw a record number of baptisms — 26 — in 1926, the same year that it joined Salem-Troy Association. (TAB)

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