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Skyland Boulevard Baptist marks half century comment (0)

July 18, 2013

By Julie Payne

Skyland Boulevard Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, marked its 50th anniversary June 2 with a two-hour worship service. According to Pastor Jimmy Garner, more than 500 people attended the celebration. 

During the service, Reggie Kirk preached from the Book of Numbers and Billy Walker provided special music. 

Angie Cooper, representative from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented a plaque to the church.

Garner noted Skyland Boulevard Baptist’s first treasurer, first music director, first baby born and first couple married at the church all were recognized during the service. He added that former staff members also were recognized and grandchildren of the late Jerome Robinson, the church’s former pastor, were in attendance. 

When Skyland Boulevard was established in 1963, it was sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Garner explained. David Watson, the son of Calvary’s pastor at that time, Allan Watson, shared with attendees. 

A barbecue lunch followed the service. “It was just a special day — we had folks from everywhere,” Garner said.

He noted his vision for the future of the Tuscaloosa Baptist Association church is to “continue on what has been built here and continuing in missions and outreach. We just want to continue on with what (former pastor) Jerome Robinson built. He built a great foundation,” Garner said.  

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