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143-year-old church enters new chapter in its history

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – On Sunday a 143-year-old church entered a new chapter in its history.

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church cut the ribbons and dedicated their new $13 million facility.

The recent economic downturn has created headaches for many families, but the pastor says his congregation is still tiding. The funds were instrumental in helping to construct a new church building.

Church leaders say it's because of faithful members they're able to expand, reach more people, and spread the word.

Tithing has increased by double digits despite the loss of major employers and an overall sluggish economy.

"He's been more than kind to us we've done this at a time when the economy was bad, Merck closed, Cooper Tire was closed, and the revenue for the state went down. Even though budgets were cut not one time did we have a reduction in giving," said Senior Pastor Daniel Simmons, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

The building has more than 67,000 square feet and can seat more than 2,100.

The church will still maintain its old facility on Martin Luther King Junior Drive. It'll be used as an outreach center.

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