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Pastor Paul and Linda Gordon of San Mateo Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—San Mateo Missionary Baptist Church, a 2006 recipient of a $7,500 Baptist Builders Club grant, celebrated its 55th anniversary. Pastor Paul and Linda Gordon and the congregation marked the event with a homecoming service on Feb. 8.

They had the privilege of hearing from evangelist David Porter of Holland, Michigan; former pastor John Lineberry, who spoke concerning the importance of unity in the church; and Patricia “Ann” Avery, the last surviving active charter member, who shared her memories of the early days.

The church says, “We praise God for the opportunity to serve Him these past 55 years and look forward to serving Him 55 more.”