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Selma Associationís Benton Baptist celebrates 175 years comment (0)

April 7, 2011

“Good start; don’t quit.”

That’s what Pastor Lee Tate told his church, Benton Baptist in Selma Baptist Association, as it celebrated its 175th anniversary March 27.

Tate shared from Galatians 6 and encouraged the more than 100 people in attendance to “be faithful in our generation and not leave it up to the next generation.”

Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a plaque in honor of the anniversary, and local artist Michael Sims presented a painting of the original church building that was constructed in 1856.

M.R. Bradley and Glenn Slye, two of Benton Baptist’s previous pastors, attended the celebration, which was followed by a lunch.

Along with its history, the church celebrated some recent growth and firsts such as sending more than 10 members on their first international missions trip.

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