Church to celebrate 155th anniversary

GCM Staff Report
Posted 4/21/17

BROMLEY, Alabama — Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 155th anniversary on Sunday, April 23. The Rev. Thomas L. Smith, currently the pastor at Paradise Missionary Baptist Church …

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Church to celebrate 155th anniversary

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BROMLEY, Alabama — Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 155th anniversary on Sunday, April 23. The Rev. Thomas L. Smith, currently the pastor at Paradise Missionary Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, will serve as guest speaker for the event.

Smith served as pastor for Magnolia Missionary Baptist from 1984 to 2000. Under his leadership, groundbreaking for a new sanctuary was held in December 1995 and completed in August of 1996.

Located at 37737 Alabama 225 in the Magnolia Flats community of Bromley, Magnolia Missionary Baptist is one of the oldest active churches in Baldwin County, established in 1862 under the leadership of the Rev. R. White. The church was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in the 1920s. Plans for a new sanctuary were begun in 1955 under the Rev. S.A. Miles, completed under the Rev. J.H. Hollie, who served as the church’s pastor from 1960 to 1983.

The Rev. Anthony D. Kimbrough Sr. served the church from 2001 to 2006 and the Rev. Ron Bush served from 2006 to 2008. The Rev. Roderick M. Minor has served as the church’s pastor since 2009.