New Bethlehem Baptist celebrates 100 years in Brewton

The century-long legacy of New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Brewton, was obvious in a lot of ways Sept. 26, the day the church celebrated its 100th anniversary.

One of those was Tony Richburg, who shared his testimony of how he met Jesus, grew spiritually and responded to a call to ministry at New Bethlehem Baptist. He now serves as pastor of nearby Liberty Baptist Church.

During the special service, Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions, also preached and presented the church with a certificate from the SBOM. Dalton Campbell of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission also presented a certificate, and Larry Patterson, director of missions for Escambia Baptist Association, was also present.

The church — led by Pastor Casey Jones — also displayed photographs of members through the years. During the service, June Greg, the church’s former pianist and music leader, played the piano and sang, and Danny Parker, who now serves as music director, led the singing and sang a solo.

“We had a wonderful time with the biggest crowd in a long time,” Parker said.

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