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135th Anniversary

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3

On June 24, 2007 Port Gibson Baptist Church celebrated our 135th Anniversary along with our sister church, Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Rowan welcomed everyone to this special event. Our service was also blessed to have a visiting mission team from Iowa, Michigan, and Canada. Also sharing part of the day were former pastors and supply pastors, Rev. Chuck Terrell, Rev. Mark Dearman, and Rev. Dale Holloway.

Morning Worship

The special morning service began as Gary and Joyce Young played favorite hymns on their dulcimers. A quartet made up of Dykes Cupstid, Larry Davis, William May, and Gary Young provided special music of "Rock of Ages" and Praise Him! Praise Him!". A combined choir of members of PGBC and Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church sang "Amazing Grace". Sonny Harpole provided a history of the church which began before the War Between the States with a small congregation outside Port Gibson called Magnolia Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Rowan delivered the message from Hebrews 9.

The Bell

Our church invited the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church members to share in our celebration. However, we did not tell the visitors what was in store for them. The bell which had been part of the first Magnolia Baptist Church had survived a fire in the old church and came to Port Gibson Baptist Church several decades ago. Port Gibson Baptist Church wished to return the bell to the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church, who are building a new church. The new church is located near the original Magnolia Baptist Church.

Rev. Rowan and Rev. Hugh Johnson as well as Albert Butler from Magnolia Missionary Baptist were emotional about the returning of the bell. Mr. Butler and the members of Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church accepted the gift.

Fellowship Luncheon

The morning worship was followed by a wonderful lunch prepared by Lamar Curry of Raymond. Everyone enjoy a lunch of the wonderful fried chicken, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, and slaw. The ladies of the church provided a delicious variety of desserts. Members and visitors enjoyed the lunch and fellowship.

Afternoon Service

The fellowship lunch was followed with an afternoon service of music. The PGBC Quartet entertained with several hymns. Larry Davis sang several songs including a favorite hymn, "The Way That He Loves" by Elmo Mercer. They were followed by Port Gibson's own Heritage Singers.

Photos of our 135th Anniversary.


Port Gibson Baptist Church
804 Church Street, Port Gibson, Mississippi 39150
Phone: 601.437.5550

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