Brent’s Bethel Baptist holds bicentennial celebration

The sanctuary at Bethel Baptist Church, Brent, in Bibb Baptist Association, was full as the church celebrated its 200th anniversary Oct. 14. More than 150 people gathered to recognize this milestone in the church’s history.

Bob Terry, president and editor of The Alabama Baptist, brought greetings for the service.

Anna Speir presented the church with a certificate on behalf of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission.

Pastor Scott Peters spoke briefly from 1 Peter 2:4. “For a while our congregation has been largely adults, but we’ve recently started some children and youth classes. This has put us in a better position to reach the surrounding community,” he said.

Former pastors Al Finch and Reuben Compere shared memories from their time at Bethel Baptist.

Minister of music Danny Russell and the church’s choir were joined by Lydia and Philip Fikes, Tanya McLemore and Collins Compere for the service’s special music.

A historical presentation, Remembering Bethel’s Past, included members in period costumes sharing stories from the church’s historical records.

Bulletins boards that featured old photos of the church and its members were on display.

“Bethel Baptist has a rich history and solid foundation, but is still here to reach one more person,” Peters said. (TAB)