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|Gift of Ferriday church called a 'gift of God'|
Willie Gillespie said it was a no-brainer when a decision had to be made concerning what to do with the First Church of God building on Third Street in Ferriday after membership dwindled to four and the church was without a pastor.
"We knew we could either sell the building or donate it to the Doty Road Church of God and we wanted to keep it in the Church of God of Anderson (In.) so we decided to donate it to the Doty Road Church of God," Gillespie said. "Pastor (Simeon) Green is such a great man of God. And we believe the potential is here for us to grow and it will flourish."
The First Church of God was started in 1949 when Nina Greathouse and Hazel Lowe made a pact at the Oak Grove State Camp to start a Church of God in Ferriday. They enlisted the aid of Barbara Riggs and began a visitation campaign,
The first pastor at the Third Street church was the Rev. Henry Hall. The church building was purchased in 1952.
Green, who has been pastor of Doty Road Church of God, said the church on Third Street where services are now being held will be called Doty Road Church of God II.
"This is a gift from God through the people of First Church of God in Ferriday," Green said. "This vision will reach Ferriday and beyond. We want the people of Ferriday to feel like this is their church. This is part of the Great Commission."
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