"History of First Baptist Church, South Boston, Virginia".
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Page 3 - History
In 1971 our clothing room opened. This is not a place where clothing alone is dispensed, but where recipients are also witnessed to by dedicated Christians, who love the Lord, and find joy in sharing it. A copy of Good News for Modern Man is often given.
Perhaps two of the most rewarding experiences in the history of the church occurred in 1963 and 1965, respectively. In 1963 the church, working under a committee composed of Mr. Howard Sizemore, Chairman, Mr. J. W. Shelton, Mr. Johnnie Pittard, Mr. R. E. Edney, and Mrs. Jennings Shelton sponsored the resettlement of a Cuban refugee family, the Antonia Vegas. They proved to be a fine, lovable, appreciative family.
In 1965 the WMU, under the leadership of Mrs. Lacy Powell, led the church in the rehabilitation of the James Price family.
1974 was a Banner Year at First Baptist. The Erv Lewis Experience, the Seminar on the Holy Spirit, led by Dr. Harry Rowe, the Lay Witness Mission, the Christian Family Affair, led by Dr. Theodore Adams, and Teen Crusade had such an impact on the lives of young and old that many lives were changed.
No history of First Baptist would be complete without mentioning those young people, who have gone out from First Baptist into full time Christian service. As missionaries: Elizabeth Hale and Brenda Forlines; as pastors: Frank Riley, Jr., Bobby Wyatt, Tim Dixon, and Otis Colston; as pastor for a while and now teacher at Hargrave Military Academy, Harry Janes.
We stand today on the threshold of a new era. Dedicated pastors, leaders, and followers (and, believe me, the followers are equally important), led by the Holy Spirit, have made history here at First Baptist. The future is bright with promise, if we continue to let Him lead.