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Church celebrates 125 years

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Pictured is the First Baptist Church anniversary celebration planning committee. In the front row are, from left, Mandy Brown, Patsy Hilton, Sally Leachman and Laura Jones; back row: J.H. “Buddy” Bradley, Ben Haley, Andrew Johnson, staff liaison, Earvin Ryland, chair, Reggie Hanchey and Ray Newbold.

First Baptist Church, the oldest church in Ruston, is planning a weekend of celebration to commemorate their 125th anniversary. First Baptist Church was incorporated in 1885, but met as a group for several years before that time.

Church historians through the years have kept detailed records and numerous photographs to preserve the history.

Chris Craig, current pastor, suggested that a committee be formed earlier this year to organize the celebration, which will be Aug. 7-8, at the church on Trenton Street in downtown Ruston.

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