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First Baptist on MLK Boulevard in Gainesville marks 180th year
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Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe speaks to members of First Baptist Church at 1810 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Gainesville, on Sunday, Oct. 28. The church is celebrating its 180th anniversary. - photo by Jeff Gill

First Baptist Church at 1810 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Gainesville, is celebrating its 180th anniversary, with Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe recognizing the congregation during services on Sunday, Oct. 28.

“Hall County is a great place to live, work and raise your children, and it’s because of churches like this throughout the county,” he told the packed sanctuary. “Government can’t do it all. We rely on our churches and our people, and I appreciate everything you do.”

Stowe read a proclamation from the Hall County Board of Commissioners.

The church “continues to be a beacon of light in Hall County through its teachings, preachings, missions, evangelism and Christian services,” he read.

The church was founded predominantly by free blacks in 1838, the proclamation states.

First Baptist, led by the Rev. Isaac Whitehead Jr., held a banquet Oct. 20 and special services Sunday recognizing the anniversary. 

Sunday’s service featured music, prayer and a special message by the Rev. Richard B. Haynes, senior pastor of Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn.

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