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Jasperís Edgil Grove Baptist Church marks 75 years comment (0)

October 4, 2012

By Julie Payne

Edgil Grove Baptist Church, Jasper, celebrated its 75th anniversary Sept. 9 with “maxed out crowds,” deacon John Maddox said.

According to Maddox, who served on the anniversary’s planning committee, about 400 people attended the day’s festivities at the Walker Baptist Association church. 

The history of the church was compiled in a spiral-bound book for attendees to pick up at the door when they arrived. “We worked on it (the book) for about three months,” Maddox noted.

The Page Trio kicked off the service at 10:45 a.m. with special music.

Bill Mathews, a representative from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission (ABHC), presented a certificate commemorating the anniversary, and Lucky Teague, director of missions for Walker Association, presented Edgil Grove Baptist with a commemorative plaque. Pastor David Miller spoke to the congregation, and after the worship service Lee Taylor spoke about his memories as former pastor of the church.

Lunch followed in the fellowship hall and Debbie and Matthew Wilson put on a mini-concert at 1 p.m.

“Jesus definitely showed up,” Maddox remarked of the day, adding there was a “tremendous spirit” of the Lord there.

Miller said a special element of the celebration was when the ABHC presentation was made to Hancel Cox. Cox has served as associate pastor of Edgil Grove for the past 32 years.

Miller, who is now in his seventh year as pastor, said his vision for Edgil Grove’s future is to “continue with missions work” both within the local community and abroad. He noted the church has ministered in every state in the South and also in foreign countries. 

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