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Local church unveils new sanctuary

By Michael Butler

God's Congregational Holiness Church in Tallassee has an all-new sanctuary. A brand new building sits next to the old one on Jordan Avenue and is nearly twice the size. The project took ten years to complete.

"We had delays, stopping and going, but finally finished it. It took a while," bishop and pastor Adolphus Gauntt said. "We love it. It's a lot bigger and nicer. It's got all your up-to-date stuff. We can turn the air on at the house with a phone."

The church has about 100 members, a number that's a far cry from when Gauntt began pastoring 28 years ago with just six members ministering from door to door.

"Everybody's excited. It's like a new restaurant opening up," he said. "We'll be able to hold more people. It's going to grow."

Gauntt in the new sanctuary

On Sunday, Oct. 21, Gauntt led the congregation in the first service in the new building which can accommodate more than 200. The old sanctuary, built in the 1930s, will continue to be used for additional meeting space.

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