A Houston church will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sunday, May 16, with a variety of activities.
Houston First Free Will Baptist Church was started in 1959 by the Rev. Ervin Morton. Worship first occurred in a café building. A year late, in May with 20 charter members, property at Thomasville Road and East Highway 17 was purchased from George Boesl. A 24 x 30 building was later constructed, and church was held in the auditorium. Morton saw the church building project complete, and he resigned in 1973.
The Rev. Charles Horton was pastor when the church undertook a project to construct a basement for Sunday School rooms and a fellowship hall and kitchen area. During this time period, the church purchased a parsonage. Horton resigned in 1980. By the end of 1983, members had bricked the church, carpeted it and padded the pews.
On Sunday, musical activities begin at 10:30 a.m. at the church, where Bro. Danny Delcour and his wife, Glenda, minister.
A former pastor, Dale Blockwell, who continues his ministry in Arkansas, will speak at 11:20 a.m. A meal follows at noon. More singing is planned after the lunch. The public is invited.
“Excitement is in the air as we prepare for the big day,” said Wanda Floyd, one of the organizers. “Everyone is invited, so feel free to come and celebrate this big day. Everyone is looking forward to seeing old acquaintances and talking about precious times together.”