COLUMBUS, Ga.- Dozens of people came to First African Baptist Church to celebrate their 176th anniversary.
News 3 spoke with members of the congregation who have been a part of the church for more than four generations.
The current First African Baptist Church was built in 1915 and added to the national register in 1980.
The church is featured on the Black Heritage Trail.
Crystal Shahid and her family represent the fourth generation of members at the church.
“My great grandmother, my father and my mother are all members here. I also grew up here. It’s been a blessing to me as a young person, adult and to my entire family,” said Shahid.
Roderick Green has served as the Pastor of First African Baptist for four years.
He believes the church has sustained itself for 176 years because of a long history of educators.
Green said, “If we put all of our educators together, some who have taught in the Muscogee County School District, those members are solid and they have given the best of our God given abilities.”
Even at 176 years old, Green doesn’t believe the church’s best days are behind.
“Happy 176th church anniversary and the best is yet to come,” said Green.
First African Baptist Church says they are focused on building their congregation and they plan on adding more services throughout the week, to make it easier on people with busy schedules.