MOHAWK — Concord Baptist Church, Mohawk, celebrated its 200th anniversary on June 11. The church was organized in 1823 with 32 members.
The congregation celebrated its anniversary with 110 worshipers. The ministry of the church was highlighted during the morning service followed by dinner on the grounds.
The church members came dressed in pioneer era clothing to commemorate the bicentennial.
There was also a “Photo Memories Walk” where members shared photo project boards highlighting the ministry of the church in the life of each family. David Hawkins, director of missions for Nolachucky Baptist Association, brought the message. Living Testament, a local Christian band, brought the afternoon music.
Concord Baptist has ordained nine men, one an African-American in 1868, to the gospel ministry. Concord has been served by 42 pastors with the honor of the longest pastorate going to current pastor Larry Jones (1992-present).
The church also has supported many missionaries and missions causes throughout its history. The annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions are heavily promoted and well supported.
For over two centuries, Concord has dedicated itself to carrying the love and faithfulness of God into our community and beyond, Jones said.
“It was incredible and was a great example of the grace of God over those years. God’s people are very faithful to our church and that has enabled Concord to serve this community for 200 years,” he said.
Jones shared that Concord is looking forward to many more years of ministry. “The fact that Concord is still here today means that God still has a word for our community,” he said. B&R