SALTILLO – Following popular trends, most new churches today worship in a contemporary style, but a new Southern Baptist community in Saltillo is showing there’s still room for tradition in a rapidly changing world.
For the past two years the members of Faith Baptist Church have been meeting in the Pegues Funeral Home, and next Sunday at 11 a.m. they’ll dedicate their new church building on Old Hwy. 45.
Member Beverly Tolar described Faith’s journey as “nothing short of a miracle.”
Sunday she’ll join 162 other members as they worship for the first time in their new home.
That worship will include time-honored hymnody and old fashioned preaching from Faith’s pastor, the Rev. Marvin Murphy, who during nearly half a century in ministry served Old Union Baptist Church and Richmond Baptist Church, among others.
The Rev. Marc Howard, director of missions for the Lee-Itawamba Baptist Association, was present when Faith received its charter in December of 2008.
“Those folks know who they are and they’re very comfortable with it,” said Howard, adding that among the 9,000 Southern Baptists who attend church in Lee County each Sunday, about 8,000 show up for traditional worship.
Faith, Howard said, is an example of the Southern Baptist Church responding to growth in northern Lee County.
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