Old Fellowship Baptist Church celebrated 175 years on Oct. 13. ERIC RENTZ/Special
Old Fellowship Baptist Church in Brooklet reached a milestone: they’re celebrating 175 years.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, the church was filled to capacity with over 200 in attendance. Former members, pastors, and various dignitaries from all over the state joined together for worship during the morning celebration.
At the conclusion of the service a plaque from the Georgia Baptist Mission Board was presented to the pastor and chairman of deacons which said, “celebrating the happy occasion of 175 years of ministry.” Pastor Tony Lambert replied, “Looking for 175 more!”
“The service told the story of how a small rural church can make a big difference in the lives of so many,” Eric Rentz, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s mission consultant for the Southeast Region, said.
Since 1844, Old Fellowship has been a lighthouse to their Bulloch County community. Lambert recently moved from California to pastor this rural Georgia church. “Under his leadership, the church’s future looks to be as bright as its past.”
“Our history tells the story of where we have been and for this southeast Georgia congregation, it’s a long story,” Rentz added, noting the many historical events that took place during this church’s lifetime, including the birth of the Cooperative Program.
And while the church looks how one would expect such an historic sanctuary to look, “Closer inspection revealed the church’s willingness to adapt to modern demands,” Rentz noted. The church has modern technology, a social media presence, and thriving ministries to men, women, children, and youth.
“Growing concerns for rural churches abound in our state. Many congregations are aging, attendance is dwindling, and resources to maintain facilities and staff are in short supply,” Rentz said.
“But here in Stilson, there is a bright hope! One look, and you can tell, they are still reaching every generation in their community!”