Lonette Berg with Pastor Bill Goodwin
Photo courtesy of Lonette Berg

Ocmulgee Baptist Church, Selma celebrates 200th anniversary


Though Ocmulgee Baptist Church, Selma, is technically 201 years old this year, it celebrated its two-century milestone June 27 after last year’s celebration was postponed.

Pastor Bill Goodwin and Tommy Beach played trumpets accompanied by pianist Barbara Auburtin for the call to worship. Bob Edwards, Robby Persinger, Bryan Stevenson and Carolyn Jones provided special music, and the choir sang “This is the Place” while a video of old church photographs played. Congregational music was led by Linda Collins, minister of music.

Tom Stacey, director of missions for Cahaba Baptist Association, was the guest speaker. He presented the church with a certificate, as did Lonette Berg, executive director of the Alabama Baptist Historical Commission.

A potluck lunch followed the service, with a cake made by Dawn Hamm depicting an earlier church building.

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