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God’s Faithfulness through 200 Years of Church Ministry


Sam McAllister attends the anniversary celebration of First Baptist, Pavilion, N.Y., where he was recently called as pastor.

PAVILION, N.Y—First Baptist Church celebrated its 200th anniversary. A weekend of special events Oct. 15 and 16 brought the congregation and community together to mark the occasion.

An open house for the public began the events, followed by services the next day with former pastors Paul Philips and Ron Stuart, as well as Jim Vogel, representative of the Northeast Fellowship. Assemblyman Stephen Hawley began one of the services by presenting a proclamation from the New York State Assembly.

“A state is only as great as its citizens and as strong as its community,” he read from the framed proclamation, “and New York State is among the strongest in the nation, thanks to individual residents, communities, and their unwavering commitment to improving our quality of life.”

Hawley says he “takes great pride in honoring the historic tradition the First Baptist Church of Pavilion, which enriches the local community and the lives of its residents.”

On Sunday, the congregation was also blessed to have in attendance Sam McAllister, whom the church called as pastor Oct. 4. He will begin ministering at the church in December.