Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Heflin was 175 years old plus one when the church gathered to celebrate the milestone anniversary Oct. 24. The church moved the event from September 2020 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When they finally were able to gather for the celebration, “one word sums it up — wonderful,” said Jane Lee, descendant of the founding family and organizer of the event.
During the special anniversary-focused service, Lee spoke on the history of Cedar Creek Baptist. The church began in the home of her great-great grandfather, W.W. Hilton.
Pastor Donald Triplett preached at the anniversary service, and the church honored him and his wife, Glenda, for their 23 years of service to the church. Cedar Creek also honored Hobart Kennedy, the church’s oldest deacon, with a plaque.
Sonja Adams, daughter of former pastor W.E. Jones Jr. and a representative for the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission, presented the church with a certificate. Secretary of State John Merrill, son of former pastor Horace Merrill, also presented the church with a resolution from the State of Alabama. And Steve Dempsey, former pastor, shared memories of serving at Cedar Creek Baptist.
John Triplett, the current pastor’s son, sang an original song he composed commemorating the 175th anniversary.