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Church enjoys grand anniversary
In the pulpit
0523 In the pulpit
The Rev. Hermon Scott, pastor of Baconton Missionary Baptist, stands with his wife Pamela Scott. - photo by Photo provided.
Members of Baconton Missionary Baptist Church of Walthourville are celebrating 141 years of service. For most of its existence, the church was in Allenhurst. However, the city of Walthourville recently incorporated the land the church sits on.
Being in a new city has not diminished the rich history and spirit of the church. The theme for the 141st anniversary is “Celebrating 141 years of victory in Jesus.”
According to the church’s history, the Rev. W.M. Quarterman, deacons Julius Rogers, Joe Howell, P.M. McIver, Flanders Pray and Will Bacon started the church in 1869. Along with Quarterman and the five deacons, there were 35 members.
This year’s anniversary celebration services began Tuesday with a three-night revival. Dr. James Evans, pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Ludowici, was the guest ev angelist. On Wednesday night, Pastor Curtis Lemons of New Zion Baptist Church in Riceboro was the guest evangelist. On Thursday night, Pastor Neil Dawson of First African Baptist Church in Riceboro was the guest evangelist. First African Baptist Church is the oldest African-American church in Liberty County and serves as the mother church of Baconton.
The anniversary services will conclude at 11 a.m. today with Dr. E.L. Hart of Kingsland. Hart serves as moderator of the Zion Baptist Association, which is the oldest African-American association in North America.
“We are excited as we anticipate the next level of ministry. We pray that God will continue to enlarge our opportunities to serve Him and this community. Truly, eyes have not seen nor ears heard what God has in store for Baconton,” said Pastor Hermon Scott, who has served as Baconton’s pastor since 1997.
The church has many ministries, including deacons, deaconesses, mothers, ushers, youth, young adults, education, prayer music, drama, praise dancers, puppets, drill team, laymen, sisterhood, hospitality and Cub Scouts.
The church and its members participate in several community activities and programs, such as Relay for Life, Dorchester Improvement Association, summer lunch program, summer camp program, food source, clothing giveaways, nursing home assistance, Manna House and the United Ministerial Alliance.
Baconton is at the intersection of Dunlevie and Talmadge roads.
Scott and the Baconton family have invited the public to today’s anniversary service. The congregation also gathers every Sunday for prayer from 8:30-9:20 a.m., for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m. There is a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesdays followed by Bible study at 7:30.

Anderson is the author of “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar.”
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