Fairborn church to celebrate 70 years


FAIRBORN — First Baptist Church of Fairborn is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a special service and luncheon on Aug. 27th.

Everyone is invited to come and hear about the church, as well as see some former leaders speak about the church and everything it has accomplished in its 70 years of service in the area.

The church, now occupying a large venue of multiple additions, was founded in 1953 in the local YMCA. Over the course of 70 years, it has been home to many prominent pastors and missionaries that have gone on to do monumental work in the world of Christian evangelism.

“We have had a global outreach,” said Elaine Davis, church treasurer.

Davis has been a part of FBCF for the past 69 years, joining just one year after its founding. In that time, she has worked in various positions and on various committees, including the committee dedicated to putting together the 70th anniversary celebration.

Included in the number of pastors who have served FBCF are Charles Stanley and Dr. Roy Fish, who went on to become famous in the Baptist Christian field.

Norma McMurry, author and founder of Giving Thanks Ministries, will also be present for the celebration selling and signing her new book.

The special service, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will include presentations and videos from former pastors, with a count so far of 14 participants, according to Davis.

“I’m blessed to be a small part of this,” said current pastor Matthew Williams.

The complementary luncheon will be immediately following the service. In order to prepare the right amount of food and seating, the church asks that anyone planning on attending to RSVP to [email protected]. Lunch will be catered by Mel-O-Dee Restaurant & Catering. Davis said they are preparing for around 150 people to participate in the luncheon, but that number will change based on the RSVPs. Those interested have until Aug. 13 to RSVP.

FBCF is located at 1167 Highview Drive.

Contact Ethan Charles at 937-502-4532.

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