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Members of Old Toccoa Baptist Church in Toccoa held Pastor Appreciation day Oct. 2 for Frank N. Bearden, Jr., with a luncheon and love gift.

Bearden served the church from 1977-88, returning in 2006 to serve as pastor. A graduate of Mercer University and Southeastern Seminary, he has also served over the past 64 years as associate pastor or pastor of Boulevard Heights in Atlanta, Boiling Springs in Soperton, Brooklet First Baptist, Dawson and Halifax First Baptist churches in North Carolina, Nichols First Baptist, Tabernacle Baptist in Savannah, Springfield First Baptist, Franklin Springs First Baptist, Shoal Creek Baptist in Lavonia, and Friendship Baptist in Culleoka, TN.

He and his wife of 66 years, Mabel, have three grown sons.


Members of Boynton Baptist Church came together Oct. 2 to celebrate the church’s 127th homecoming.


Tommy Childress will celebrate 20 years as pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Carnesville on Nov. 21.


On Nov. 5 Bobby Harrell reached 20 years as pastor of First Baptist in Leesburg.


Members of Tabernacle Baptist in Carrollton recently honored Chad Sipes, associate pastor to students, and Charles Cox, associate pastor of equipping and senior adults, on their five- and 15-year anniversaries, respectively, at the church.


Keith McLeod was recently honored for 16 years as senior pastor of Boynton Baptist Church in Ringgold.