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Orrville Baptist marks 125 years of ministry comment (0)

September 5, 2013

By Julie Payne


Orrville Baptist Church in Selma Baptist Association celebrated its 125th anniversary during a celebration Aug. 3–6.

Orrville Baptist’s actual anniversary date was earlier in the year, but the church chose to celebrate it in August to coincide with revival and a churchwide barbecue, noted Pastor Stephen Rutherford.

A celebration day took place Aug. 3 with two singings. Between the singings, attendees enjoyed dinner during a barbecue cookout.

Bill Mathews, representative from the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, was on hand to present the church with a plaque, and a slideshow was displayed with “a lot of photos from the past,” Rutherford said. 

On Aug. 4, former pastor Robert Pemberton spoke during the morning worship service, followed by former pastor Glenn Taylor that evening. 

Former pastor Elwood Sims spoke the evening of Aug. 5, and John MacLaren, former pastor of the former New Hope Baptist Church, Orrville, spoke the evening of Aug. 6.

Rutherford estimated the church averaged about 95 people in attendance each evening. 

When speaking of his vision for the future of Orrville Baptist, Rutherford said he sees a church “that is going to continue to reach out to its community,” adding that it is a loving and giving church.

“I see us to continue to fulfill the Great Commission, to exemplify the love of Christ in our worship and to our neighbors, following those commands that God has given us,” he said.  

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