Berry’s New Hope celebrates 125th anniversary comment (0)
June 26, 2014
By Julie Payne
New Hope Baptist Church, Berry, celebrated its 125th anniversary June 1 at 10 a.m.
During the service, Pastor Ed Steelman gave the welcome and Mark Bishop sang several songs. Senior deacon Larry Rhinehart introduced the Sipsey Baptist Association church’s previous pastors — three who were in attendance.
Max Stripling, former director of missions for Sipsey Association who also is a former pastor of New Hope Baptist, delivered the message. Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a certificate.
Patty Woodham, who served on the anniversary’s book committee, presented the newly printed anniversary book of the church’s history during the service and delivered a brief history of the church.
Afterward, everyone enjoyed further fellowship during lunch. Woodham noted the entire day was special.
Steelman said four people joined the church and two people made professions of faith that day. “Our church has really grown and we have a lot of young couples,” he noted. “It’s a great church, a real sweet spirit. ... They just love the Lord.”